Apparently, Pope John Paul II, whipped himself as an act of penance. According to a recent article, "In his wardrobe, among his vestments, there hung on a clothes hanger a special belt for trousers which [John Paul] used as a whip," Monsignor Oder says. He said self flagellation was `an instrument of Christian perfection" emulating the sufferings of Jesus Christ.'" I'm so thankful that Jesus bore my punishment for me and in my place!
Oh, and please note, the proper term is "flagellate," not "flatulate." I've actually heard several folks confuse the terms when telling me that the Pope "self-flatulated." They were a bit perplexed when I said in reply "don't we all do that?" Here's the article. John Paul II's Self Flagellation?"
In an age when doctrine doesn't matter, here's one church that takes the cake. "Nominally part of the United Church of Christ, the congregation on any given week would include 60 or so Jews, Catholics, Buddhists, spiritualists, agnostics, and atheists - as well as Congregationalists. The minister, the Rev. Stephen Philbrick, likes to draw on members’ poems, classical literature, tracts from other faiths, as well as scripture. The philosophy is guided by democracy, not doctrine. We’re not constrained by any tradition,’ said Philbrick, who was a sheep farmer and poet until the congregation chose him to be minister 15 years ago. `It’s the church for people who hate church.’" Perhaps Rev. Philbrick ought to go back "sheep farming." Oh, the place burned down. Congregational church burns
I had no idea that the creator of Gumby was also the producer of the famous "Davey and Goliath" serials from the 1960s and 70s. Come to find out, Art Clokey was an episcopal minister! He died this past week. I believed the urban legend that Gumby was the product of some LSD-using hippie. If you've ever seen the old Gumby animations, you know why I believed the legend. Here's the scoop. Gumby's Inventor Dies