The connection is through Cherisey .... one has to decide if you accept Cherisey's premise or not. Why would Cherisey be talking about the Labarum, the Gold Cross of Solomon and linking it in some way to Rennes le Chateau?
If you think this connection through Cherisey is not valid, then you cannot accept the parchments and all the other paraphanalia attached to Sauniere through Cherisey and Plantard.
Cherisey doesnt really say anything explicitly. All we know are certain elements are alluded to time after time. One has to decide if there is a pattern or not.
Why does Cherisey go on and on about the Labarum?
Extract from 'The Key to the Sacred Pattern by Henry Lincoln describing a meeting with Philippe de Cherisey. (pp154)
"The day is ending, but it is fine. De Cherisey expresses a desire to take a stroll and a lengthy preambulation end on a bench in the Tuileries Gardens. He is still regaling me with well told - and often very funny - anecdotes. But I have more on my mind than entertainment. We are getting on well and the atmosphere is friendly. At last, with time passing and nothing to lose, I decide to put my request baldly. 'Can I take another look at the parchment photographs?' With only minimal hesitation, he opens his briefcase and hands them to me. 'Why add the marks' I ask 'To amuse the laity' he replied 'But why?' I insist. He shrugs 'I'm an entertainer.' It is clear that I am to get no straight answers. But - perhaps simply because it was to hand - he adds another fragment. Picking a few sheets from his case, he says: 'I'm writing an explanation of the codes. I'll send you a copy. You'll be amused' But I am never to see it. 1 Nor am I ever to get any closer to the 'parchment originals'. Sadly Philippe de Cherisey died suddenly in July 1985.
1 There is reason to suspect that this document may have been part of the haul of stolen Priory papers' which figured in the Chaumeil imbroglio"
From a statement in a forum on September 2006 by Rennes researcher PAUL J SAUSSEZ
"I spent the last week-end in RLC [Rennes-le-Chateau] where I met Henry Lincoln and Dr Paul Rouelle, and there was much debate over "Pierre et Papiers". [Stone and Paper]
Dr Rouelle, who was a close friend of de Chérisey, told me that "Pierre et Papier" is unreliable, inasmuch as Chérisey would never have trusted Chaumeil, whom he disliked, with a confession to be published after his death.
Dr Rouelle thinks that "Pierre et Papier" is -once again- a prank played by Chérisey on Chaumeil, who pestered him for an "explanation".
Both Lincoln and Rouelle agree that Chérisey manufactured (in French: "confectionné") the parchments but did not in fact invent the deciphering code...
I confess being at a complete loss at this point, unless of course Dr Rouelle was unwittingly duped by his own buddy..."
Here we have several passages from Philippe de Chèrisey's book CIRCUIT where we find him reaching for an answer.
Johann Friedrich Overbeck
"The presence of Teniers in the message indicates a path to follow from the church of RLC to the church of Saint-Luc, a village further north. This is inferred from two anecdotes concerning the painter, the robe of his procurator, his trade association. Teniers' last painting shows a procurator wearing a black robe. When asked about his health, the ageing Teniers said he had burnt his last tooth to get the ivory black of the robe. In his youth, Teniers held the position of master of St Luke's brotherhood
in Antwerp, which gathered all painters.
Some details in the church play on this:
a/ at the foot of Mary Magdalene, there is a skull with one tooth missing and a cross engraved on top
b/ the procurator of the church is Pontius Pilatus, shown in the first station of the Cross. In Rennes, the procurator washes his hands in the white basin held up by a black boy.
The village of Saint-Luc and its church are at the foot of La Mort
mountain as is the cross on the skull at the foot of the Magdalene. Since the first station of the Cross leads to Golgotha, i.e. the mountain of death, we therefore have an itinerary from the church of RLC to the church of Saint-Luc. One could object that this itinerary is contrary to Teniers' biography, who went from youth to old age, along with the procurator when he was admitted to St Luke's brotherhood
. In fact, one must travel the path backwards, since Teniers is duke of Antwerp."
, Stamp of the Brotherhood of St. Luke
, 1809. Etched vignette. Bibliothek der Hansestadt Lübeck, Overbeck Nachlass, VII, I:I. Reproduced in Howitt 1886, vol. 1, between pp. 100 and 101
The St Luke Brotherhood was started in the 19th century, Teniers was a 17th century painter.
De Cherisey didn't know what Sauniere was up to, he was guessing like everyone else.