Old Pope Played Teenage Goth
Sources have revealed that the “Old Pope”, Karol Wojtyla, aka John Paul the 2nd, would, at least on occasion, flagellate himself as a form of penance. This old school method of penance was officially banned by the Catholic Church in the 14th century and is usually kept pretty hush within the church, but the Opes Dei order as well as Mother Teresa have also partaken in the practice.
“As part of the Vatican’s investigation, thousands of documents have been examined by officials from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Among them is the testimony of Polish nun Tobiana Sobodka, a member of the Sacred Heart of Jesus order.
She worked for Pope John Paul in his private Vatican apartments and at his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo near Rome.
Sister Sobodka said: “Several times he would put himself through bodily penance.
“We would hear it – we were in the next room at Castel Gandolfo. You could hear the sound of the blows when he flagellated himself. He did it when he was still capable of moving on his own.”
The whipping is also confirmed by Bishop Emery Kabongo, for several years a secretary for Pope John Paul.
He said: “He would punish himself and in particular just before he ordained bishops and priests before passing on the sacraments he wanted to prepare himself. I never actually saw it myself but several people told me about it.” “
The doctrine of Redemptive Suffering teaches that Christ died for our sins, suffering while doing so. And, members of the Catholic Church are part of the body of Christ. Therefore … ok, it’s getting pretty deep in here …