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The Pope's Flagellation

from: Jorge

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Dear Patriarch

I have read that according to a new biography Pope John Paul II kept a leather belt in his closet to beat himself for religious reasons.

Don't you think it would have been more Christian of him to share the thrill by having somone else beat him? There were some really sadistic nuns at my school who would have been happy to to it.

The Patriarch replies:


An amusing question, which is why I am publishing it. But I'm not going there. Not a chance! Maybe someone else might want to take it on.