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Posted 27 January 2014 - 05:37 PM

This illustrates, rather neatly, how religious ideas and practices can change over time.


An interesting New Religious Movement in France, of the late 18th C. was that founded by the person known only as 'Le Frere d'Aix' who was a member of a religious order that was suppressed during the Terror and who had come from a monastery in Aix en Provence.

His movement which was at first quite orthodox, changed after his death (something of a feature of NRMs) and when investigated by Rome,in 1860,had changed sufficiently to cause some concern. Although not condemned,its members were cautioned about some of their beliefs and practices.

By 1900 the movement had spread throughout France.In the 1930s they adopted the name 'Les Freres de la Compagnie d'Aix en Provence'(The Brothers of the Company of ---). This name was found to be a bit top-heavy and was shortened to 'Les Freres de Cie.Aix'(Cie. being the abbreviation of Compagnie) and 'en Provence' was dropped as being superfluous. The recording of this name changing, though tedious, has an important bearing on the outcome.

Trouble was brewing on another front and after lengthy discussions with the Vatican over concerns about Gnostic teachings that some members were propounding, a number of such members, who refused to conform, were expelled. These moved, as a group, to French North Africa in 1938 and little was heard of them till after the war,(other non-religious events had been more in the news).

In 1946 they had strayed far from the original teachings of Le Frere d'Aix and had become somewhat sexually orientated in both teachings and religious practices; this led to another name change and the group became known as the Afro de Cie Aix.

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