New book 'Vatican Diaries' full of surprising revelationson April 10, 2013 @ 6:08 am (Updated: 6:35 am - 4/10/13 )
Of course, all the reviews and news coverage of the book concentrate on the salacious stuff. Why not? It's pretty juicy.
You know you're in for some pretty surprising revelations, when right off the bat, author John Thavis, in an almost off-handed manner, mentions that the beloved Pope John Paul II was into self-flagellation. That's right, for many years, he whipped himself with a leather belt as a form of self-mortification. The groans were apparently loud enough to be heard by the nuns who cooked for him. Who knew?
Thavis, a veteran Catholic journalist who's spent thirty years covering the Vatican, stopped by the KIRO Studios for a chat about his behind-the-scenes, warts-and-all look at the Catholic Church.
We started off talking about the brand new Pope, Francis the First, before eventually zeroing in on how the Church really functions (or perhaps more accurately, doesn't function) on a day-to-day basis. Catholics, prepare to cringe.
Listen to the full interview on KIRORadio.com.
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