The dualism of the Albigenses was also the basis of their moral teaching. Man, they taught, is a living contradiction. Hence, the liberation of the soul from its captivity in the body is the true end of our being. To attain this, suicide is commendable; it was customary among them in the form of the endura (starvation). The extinction of bodily life on the largest scale consistent with human existence is also a perfect aim. As generation propagates the slavery of the soul to the body, perpetual chastity should be practiced. Matrimonial intercourse is unlawful; concubinage, being of a less permanent nature, is preferable to marriage. Abandonment of his wife by the husband, or vice versa, is desirable. Generation was abhorred by the Albigenses even in the animal kingdom. Consequently, abstention from all animal food, except fish, was enjoined. Their belief in metempsychosis, or the transmigration of souls, the result of their logical rejection of purgatory, furnishes another explanation for the same abstinence. To this practice they added long and rigorous fasts. The necessity of absolute fidelity to the sect was strongly inculcated. War and capital punishment were absolutely condemned.Now, We do not know if any modern descendents of the Albigenses actually exist, but many of their moral principles seem to have been adopted by the liberal political sects of our own time. Whether this is merely coincidental, We are not yet certain, but a further investigation could prove to be quite interesting. Obviously, the secular liberals of the present day would not subscribe to these principles out of concern for their souls. But, the denigration of marriage, the legality of divorce, the hatred of children, the rejection of meat, and the absolute opposition to war and to the death penalty are all dominant themes of liberal thought that are readily visible to any observer of modern society. Again, We do not pretend to know if any correlation does exist between Albigensian thought and that of modern liberals, but the obvious similarities are, indeed, quite intriguing.
"Tell my son Joseph he will meet my divisions in heaven. "