In most other cases in genteel society you would be frowned upon for a bit of S&M, especially you’re just doing the S bit on your own. But for previous Lamb of God, Pope John Paul Ringo II, a bit of self whipping, rather than being something you do with an orange in your mouth and a plastic bag over your head, is your first rung on the ladder to becoming a saint. When most people treat self harming as a sign of a serious mental health disorder, the Church of Rome consider it to be a most holy of holies.
“In his closet, among his vestments, there was hung on a clothes hanger a particular kind of belt which he used as a whip”, we’re told. I’m sure Ann Summers and Adam&Eve have just the thing for the aspiring saint.
Apparently Johnny boy whipped himself up so he could suffer in the same way Jesus did, and this, along with a miracle, will gain the old boy sainthood. Michael Hutchence, David Carradine and a Tory MP whose name I can’t remember, actually died in personal tortuous circumstances, although I’m not sure if any miracles have been ascribed to them. However, in their favour Hutchence was a cool 90s sex machine and Carradine was Grasshopper (and Bill). Admittedly the other guy was a Tory.
Presumably though, only JP qualifies as he didn’t crack one off at the same time.