Does Jorge “pope Francis” Bergoglio wear a “cilice”?

During the Middle Ages the idea that self-deprivation led to higher levels of sanctity andcilice holiness grew in popularity within Catholicism. In monasteries and convents, self-deprivation often led to extreme forms of asceticism as practitioners attempted to quell the desires of the flesh and offer penance for sins through self-inflicted pain and suffering. Adherents slept on cold floors, wore hair shirts, heavy chains, coarse ropes, or “cilices” (a metal-wire device secured around the thigh that inflicts pain with inward-pointing spikes). Self-scourging (flagellation) also became quite popular. Some famous “saints” went to an early grave as a result of voluntary starvation.

Some would argue these extreme examples of asceticism were confined to a less-enlightened, bygone era but forms of self-mortification are practiced right up to the present day in Catholicism. Reports surfaced in 2010 that “saint” Karol “John Paul II” Wojtyla, had regularly whipped himself with a belt and “blessed” Anjeze “mother Teresa” Bojaxhiu wore a cilice every day.

Defending Wojtyla’s self-scourging, “cardinal” Jose Saraiva Martins said, “It does seem like something from another age, but it is not. It is an instrument of perfection, not just in religious life, but in human life. It is not acting against oneself, but striving to perfect oneself.”

I wonder if the current pope, Jorge “pope Francis” Bergoglio also inflicts pain upon himself as part of a “spiritual” discipline? I’m a little naive when it comes to self-mortification protocol. Maybe a Catholic can help us out? Do Catholic men flagellate themselves and Catholic women wear cilices or are both practices gender neutral?

Yes, accepting Jesus as Savior and following Him as Lord may mean physical persecution. Jesus said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23).  The Bible does talk about self-denial and fasting but nowhere does the Bible teach Christians should inflict pain upon themselves. In contrast, the Bible identifies such practices with pagan idolatry:

“At noon Elijah began to taunt (the worshippers of Baal). “Shout louder!” he said. “Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened.” So they shouted louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom, until their blood flowed.” – 1 Kings 18:27-28

Catholics believe in salvation by sacramental grace and merit and mistakenly believe that by inflicting pain and suffering upon themselves they can affect spiritual perfection leading to their salvation.

I am so grateful the Lord freed me from the chains of Roman Catholicism and saved me by His grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone.

Related terms: corporal penitence, corporal discipline


13 thoughts on “Does Jorge “pope Francis” Bergoglio wear a “cilice”?

  1. For someone who is so happy to be an ex-catholic, why do you spend most of your blog talking about the Catholic Church and wondering about obscure topics such as this one? If moving beyond Catholicism has been so wonderful and you believe it to be the way, explain what is wonderful about the path you’ve chosen. All of this negativity is not helping you to share the peace of Christ, nor is it attracting anyone to take you seriously or follow what you say is THE WAY. I will pray for you (at mass this weekend) and hope that you will be able to define yourself more as 4 Christ and less as a bitter ex-Catholic.

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    1. Why do you say the topic of self-mortification is “obscure”? Your former pope, Karol Wojtyla, and internationally famous, mother Teresa, inflicted pain upon themselves regularly as part of their “spiritual discipline” and I’m sure such practices are still popular among many scrupulous Catholics.

      Catholics and most non-Catholics are unaware of the anti-Biblical beliefs and practices of Catholicism but I have some knowledge on the subject and I intend to continue putting it out there. If I couched my message in words that were acceptable to you there would be no message at all.

      You call my warnings “negativity.” Have you ever read the New Testament? The New Testament is full of “negativity” directed at false religious systems, a lot of it directly from the mouth of Jesus.

      I praise the Lord for salvation by His grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. I warn all to beware of the Catholic false prophets and vipers who require their members to merit their way into Heaven. If you miss mass this Sunday it’s a mortal sin that will supposedly condemn you to hell. There is no salvation in following a religious legal laundry list. Accept Jesus as your Savior and step away from the legalistic treadmill. Praying to bread wafers and Mary and “saints” is a waste of your time.


      1. I do read the Bible and encourage you to read John 6 in its entirety. Jesus said his disciples must eat his flesh and drink his blood. He said it 3 times. Those who heard called this a hard teaching and they stopped following Jesus. our Lord all

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      2. I also encourage you to read John 6 in its entirety and ask the Lord to open your eyes.

        “Whoever eats this bread will live forever.” – John 6:51
        “…whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” – John 6:58

        Through the ages billions upon billions of Catholics have eaten communion wafers. Since you interpret this verse literally I assume you believe ALL of them are either in Heaven or on their way? The Lord intermixes “believe/believes” seven times in this chapter. It is belief in Him as Savior that is the key, NOT the physical eating of communion wafers.

        Catholics ALWAYS use the fact that some walked away from Jesus because of their literal interpretation of Jesus’ words and that He did not stop them AS PROOF that the literal meaning is to be taken. Yet Jesus was not always precisely clear with those, like you, who were not truly seeking Him (Matthew 13:10-15).

        RE “I have accepted Jesus as my savior.”

        Catholics CLAIM Jesus is their Savior but then TOIL ENDLESSLY trying to obey their way to salvation and waste hours on the internet DEFENDING their works-righteousness religion rather than admitting they are helpless sinners and simply accepting Christ by faith!!!!!

        “Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.” – Romans 10:3-4

        It’s not a case of you “wouldn’t want to miss mass,” you absolutely MUST attend mass or you are going to hell…an example of your own attempt at works-righteousness.

        Catholics ALWAYS use James 2 to try to prop up their false works-righteousness belief system. Evangelicals have no problem with James 2. If a person GENUINELY accepts Christ there WILL be spiritual fruit.


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