Pope John Paul II Self-Flagellated to Get Closer to Jesus

Richard Allen Greene and Hada Messia write on CNN World:
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Pope John Paul II used to beat himself with a belt and sleep on a bare floor to bring himself closer to Christ, a book published Wednesday says.The late pope had a particular belt for self-flagellation and brought it with him to his summer residence, according to the book, Why He is a Saint: The True Story of John Paul II.

“As some members of his own entourage were able to hear with their own ears, both in Poland and in the Vatican, Karol Wojtyla flagellated himself,” the book says, using the name the pope was given at birth.

“In the closet, among the cloaks, a particular pant-belt hung from a hook, which he utilized as a whip and one which he always had brought to Castel Gandolfo,” the book says.

The book was written by a Vatican insider, Slawomir Oder, with Italian journalist Saverio Gaeta of the Catholic weekly Christian Family. Oder is head of the Vatican committee investigating whether John Paul II should be declared a saint. John Paul died in 2005.

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  • Rheokhu

    Although I admittedly do not identify as a Christian myself, I do have to imagine Mister J. Horatio Christ would have been more impressed with this Pontiff if he had spent a little less time on self-abuse and a little more time cracking down on the interstate pedophile rings within his jurisdiction. I may be projecting here.

  • GoodDoktorBad

    If thats what it takes to be a good Catholic, hell must be looking good to alot of people.

  • zems

    maybe he liked it rough

  • WhatsWithThat

    Interesting, I wonder how these people would be privy to such “information” since Pope Paul II only surrounded himself with native Poles that he trusted.
    It’s a great way to sell books tho, I’m sure.
    The title of this site sure fits the content and it just shows that some people will do and say anything to make a buck, enjoy the ride.

  • WhatsWithThat

    Interesting, I wonder how these people would be privy to such “information” since Pope Paul II only surrounded himself with native Poles that he trusted.
    It's a great way to sell books tho, I'm sure.
    The title of this site sure fits the content and it just shows that some people will do and say anything to make a buck, enjoy the ride.

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