Apocalyptic cults: failed utopias – and consequences for followers

Acts of the conference

Apocalyptic cults: failed utopias

and consequences for followers

Saturday October 13, 2012

Multipurpose hall, Salses Le Château[1], 66600 France

organized by the

European Federation of Centres of Research and Information on Sectarianism


with the logistic support of CCMM[2]

and sponsored by the Commune of Salses Le Château and the French Government



Tom Sackville, President of FECRIS, United Kingdom

Introduction and Welcome


Jean-Jacques LOPEZ, Maire of Salses Le Château and Conseiller général of the canton: Welcome


Serge Blisko, President of MIVILUDES [3], France:



Georges Fenech, previous President of MIVILUDES, Member of the National Assembly for the 11th Rhône district, France:

Welcome (summary)


Danièle Muller (Switzerland), delegate of FECRIS at international organisations:

Welcome (summary)


Olivier Morice, Lawyer at the Paris Bar, France:

The trial of Scientology, its challenges, its difficulties placed in an overall international perspective of the Scientology organization (summary)


Sandrine Mathen, analyst and psychologist at CIAOSN[4], Belgium:

No one is a prophet in his own country, even if it is a small one  – presentation


Testimony of a former follower of a group/sect gravitating around Bugarach and Rennes-le-Chateau


Mike Garde, President of Dialogue Ireland[5] :

“The House of Prayer”: an Irish apocalyptic Marian group at the edge of Europe


Roxana-Mălina Chirilă, Romania

The Emotional Apocalypse:  A Quick View of MISA[6] and its Apocalypse(s)


Thomas Gandow, President of DCI [7] , Germany:

Korean apocalyptic cults in Europe (summary)


Steven Hassan, M.Ed, LMHC[8], USA:

Followers of apocalyptic cults: Communication strategies that families and friends can use to empower people to think for themselves (summary)  – Video:http://vimeo.com/52740747


Roberto di Stefano, Switzerland:

The prophecies about the end of the world as experienced in a Jehovah’s Witness family (summary)


Berislav Pavišic, PhD, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Rijeka, Croatia:

A European approach to the destructive activities of harmful groups – Legal regulation of the activity of sects in a country in transition

Communication read by Branka Dujmic, President of CISK[9], Croatia


Round table discussion on

Comparative International law, examples of best practice on legal issues raised in the different European countries


Carlos Villagrasa  – Lawyer, Professor at the University of Barcelona, Spain, Member of AIIAP (in absence):

Cults: An Update on the Legal Situation in Spain

Alexander Dvorkin – President of CRS[10] , Russia

Jean-Pierre Jougla – Lawyer, UNADFI[11] , France

Mike Garde – Director of Dialogue Ireland




[1] Northern starting location of the Catalan Countries in Salses, Pyrénées-Orientales.

[2] CCMM, Centre de documentation, d’éducation et d’action Contre les Manipulations Mentales – Documentation Centre for education and action against mind control, founded in 1981 by Roger Ikor, French Goncourt author, www.ccmm.asso.fr

[3] Mission Interministérielle de VIgilance et de LUtte  contre les DÉrives Sectaires, www.miviludes.pm.gouv.fr

[4] Centre d’Information et d’Avis sur les Organisations Sectaires Nuisibles – Centre of Information and

Advice on Harmful Cultic Groups , www.ciaosn.be

[6] Movement for Spiritual Integration into the Absolute

[7] Dialog Center International

[8] Licensed Mental Health Counselor

[9] Centar za informiranje o sektama i kultovimav – Centre for information about sects and cults www.cisk.hr

[10] Center of Religious Studies www.iriney.ru

[11] Union nationale des Associations de Défense des Familles et de l’Individu victimes de sectes www.unadfi.org