Hit me with your rhythm stick, hit me, hit me.
Well not quite, but close. I have just finished reading a story about Pope John Paul II in which they verify that he used to flagellate himself with a special belt he used to have hung in his closet and transported to Castel Gandolfo whenever he would make the trip.
From Wikipedia: Flagellation or flogging is the act of methodically beating or whipping (Latin flagellum, “whip”) the human body. Specialised implements for it include rods, switches, the cat o’ nine tails and the sjambok. Typically, flogging is imposed on an unwilling subject as a punishment; however, it can also be submitted to willingly, or performed on oneself, in religious or sadomasochistic contexts.
I’d never thought of him as the type that would go this far, but is just shows that you never can tell. What it does show is just how bent and twisted you can get when you shut off part of your brain and go without sex.
Rev. Michael Barrett, a priest of the Catholic Opus Dei sect said, “In actual Catholic self-flagellation, there is no blood, no injury, nothing to harm a person’s health, nothing traumatic. If it caused any harm, the Church would not allow it.”
So anything that causes harm to them is outlawed, but harm to others is ok? That seems to line up pretty good with everything else we know about them.