I find this statement describing the consolamentum rite-ritual to b as bogus as bogus can get.
The Cathars: Cathar Beliefs: Ceremonies: Consolamentum or Consolament
The consolamentum was a spiritual baptism, as described in the New Testament, where the Jewish practice of baptism by water was abrogated, and baptism by fire implemented. (Modern Christians remember this as Pentecost and some, Pentecostalists, make it the main feature of their theology). Only a Parfait could administer the consolamentum, which meant that every new Parfait stood at the end of a chain of predecessor Parfaits linking him or her to the apostles and to Jesus himself.
It was the most significant ceremony in Cathar theology, marking the transition from ordinary believer (auditore or credente) to to Parfait, one of the elect. During the ceremony the Holy Spirit was believed to descend from heaven, and part of the Holy Spirit would then inhabit the Parfait's corporal body. It was largely because of this indwelling portion of the Holy Spirit that Parfaits were expected and willing to lead such austere ascetic lives, and why ordinary believers were prepared to "adore" them.
The ceremony was striking in its simplicity. It required no material elements such as water or anointing oil, and seems to have preserved a ceremony of the very earliest Christian Church. For Cathars this was hardly surprising, since they claimed that the the rite had been appointed by Christ, and had been handed down from generation to generation by the boni homines. For Catholics it was rather a mystery and their best explanation was that the Cathar rite was a distorted imitation of various Catholic rites.
The consolamentum was also given to sick or injured believers, in the expectation of death. As long as they died quickly this presented no great problem as they had little opportunity to fall back into sin. But if they recovered they were now Parfaits, and presumably expected to behave as such. Some authorities (notably Jean Duvernoy) differentiate between the baptism of the Perfects, from the 'Solace' baptism granted to the dying for the remission of their sins. Even though both rites are identical those who received the 'Solace' baptism and survived seem to have been obliged to then undertake the normal training and receive the Consolamentum again to became a fully functioning member of the Elect.
Becoming a Parfait or Parfaite required a long period of probation and instruction, just as becoming a Christian did in the early Church. Compare the following statements accurately reflecting three different views of how to become a member of the Church of Christ.http://www.cathar.info/12011001_consolamentum.htm
IMHO, the problem is simply this. Unless a man be borne again by water + the Spirit he shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.
Since that was Jesus speaking and he Himself was baptized in the River Jordan by His cousin John the Baptist. It is lame beyond being a NO-Brainer to say Jesus was baptized solely by the ancient Judaic method. Jesus came to institute a new concept in which man's relationship to God was to go thru Jesus.
The Flames or Tongues of Fire was a Confirmation ceremony, not a Baptism of Fire. It seems the talmudic-gnostics behind the Cathars tried to flim-flam that one in as well as the ascetic life of Caballa mystics with the Parfaits. Am I the only person on the entire planet who sees the jabberwock bullshit of the Cathars?
They were no different than televangelists of today, storefront Church hucksters in ghetto's or knock on yer door, in yer face Jehovah's Witnesses. How else can ya explain how Cathar areas were as affluent as Catholic areas, same tactics, just a different brand name. Cathars made their adherents into monastics, without the formalized enclosures. A hippie commune has more in common with what the Cathars were all 'boot. The compound the Branch Davidians had in Waco was another Cathar clone. James Jones + his kool-aid kult, another Cathar clone.
When I get the ya don't know what Cathars stood for, well, I beg to differ with ya. The got sucked into a Talmudic-gnostic cult and were set up for a collision course with the Vatican. By deceit shall ye wage war. The end result was the same, a prolonged, relentless culling of the herd, attrition style. Talmudics stand by watching so-called Christians decimate so-called Christians, uh. hey folks ever heard of QUI BONO? duh...
Seeker, for all his hi-falutin' horn tootin' deliberately missed that one, how come?