Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The imitation of Christ

"In his closet, among his vestments, there was hung on a clothes hanger a particular kind of belt which he used as a whip," Oder writes.

When he was a bishop, he often slept on the bare floor so he could practise self-denial and asceticism, Oder writes.

Many saints of the Church, including St Francis of Assisi, St Catherine of Siena and St Ignatius of Loyola, practised flagellation and asceticism as part of their spiritual life.

"It is clear the aspect of penitence was present in the life of John Paul II," Oder told a news conference today. "It should be seen as part of his profound relationship with the Lord."
So it's not kinky, then. I am glad we cleared that up. An old single man who surrounds himself with younger single men, who wears dresses and who whips himself: nothing peculiar about that.

Of course, if you really want to practise self-denial and asceticism, why bother with a bare floor? Fly Air New Zealand: you can be uncomfortable and pay $1400 extra for the privilege. It's called the Skycouch.


Will de Cleene said...

At least he wasn't a pederast, eh.

Paul said...

Or a Nazi.

Anonymous said...

Phew. Somatophobia much? And after Operation Spanner, doesn't that sort of behaviour lead to arrest in the United Kingdom in other contexts?

Craig Y :)

Chris said...

No, the Pope wasn't a machoist at all. He didn't get off on beating himself with a whip. Nope.

Anonymous said...

No one said anything about whips, but it certainly seems to meet the general description of whips and chains territory...

Craig Y :)