The believers in the fringe history of Rennes-le-Château are really confused.
One of the reasons Bérenger Saunière got into trouble over trafficking in masses is because he had no authority to keep such a vast amount of money to himself – and he had to report all his income to the Bishopric – the Bishopric also had the right to claim whatever amount Saunière was receiving – and Saunière was also under obligation to ask the Bishopric for permission to build the Tour Magdala and the Villa Bethania – an obligation he did not respect.
That’s without mentioning the little fact that Saunière was engaging in fraud by accepting more money than he was able to say masses for.
Of course Saunière’s Roman Catholic Traditionalist cronies didn’t think he was doing anything wrong – they would have been against the atheistic Republic just like Saunière and that’s why they supported him in defiance of the Bishopric that was a tool of the Republic.
The Carcassonne Bishopric attempted to put Abbé Marty at Rennes-le-Château but nobody attended his services or listened to his sermons – Saunière’s congregation went to his private chapel in the Villa Bethania instead.
It’s academic that Saunière’s estate was in Marie Dénarnaud’s name.
The evidence exists that Bérenger Saunière and later Marie Dénarnaud put the Tour Magdala and the Villa Bethanie up for sale – yet the believers in the fringe history of Rennes-le-Château refuse to take any notice of this.
Saunière lost his Trial – lost his priesthood – the Vatican did not come to his rescue and he eventually died in abject poverty – this is the real history of Rennes-le-Château that the believers refuse to accept and which is not found in useless books like The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail.
Everything the believers in the fringe history of Rennes-le-Château regard as “true” ultimately originated from the fertile imaginations of Noël Corbu, Pierre Plantard, Philippe de Chérisey and Gérard de Sède. Not even Henri Boudet referred to any mystery or a treasure.
There was no mystery or treasure in relation to the subject matter – only Postal Orders.