Herman Hegger self-proclaimed former Catholic priest ‘‘exposed’’ the secrets of the monastic life. Could this just be another case of Maria Monk and sister Charlotte? There is so much anti-Catholic material in this. Typical anti-Catholic statements such as ‘‘The Catholic Church does not want you to read the Bible!’’, ‘‘Jesus meant the Eucharist figuratively, not literally!’’ and ‘‘Catholics worship Mary and the Saints!’’ are strongly emphasized in his testimony. The fact that he keeps repeating the phrase ‘‘Roman Catholics do this…’’ ‘‘Roman Catholics do that…’’ like this is just an observation but why would you say ‘‘Roman Catholic’’ over and over? Why not just ‘‘Catholic’’? It sounds as if it was not an ex-Catholic who made the statement but rather just another anti-Catholic propaganda, get what I mean?
This testimony highlights some unusual things - he claimed that he (as a priest formerly, or so he said) had to endure physical body sufferings for the souls in purgatory, and it even involved physical lashes onto the body. At times he even had to lick the floor. Including also ‘‘In one of these routines a priest had to lie on the floor across a doorway so that other priests would tread on him as they went by.’’ I don’t know what kind of Monastery would make priests do this but it greatly contrasts with the daily routines of actual Catholics living in the monastery. Sure, the people in the monastery have to sacrifice and even at time suffer for other souls but nowhere is it stated that they had to physically whip themselves or do such terrible acts like licking the floor. In fact, this is probably the first testimony that actually included this kind of information, you can’t find this anywhere else.
Herman Hegger is indeed a real person but passed away in 2012. However, extra details such as the name of the monastery are not provided. I would like to hear your thoughts about this testimony, but personally I don’t feel it is a valid testimony and possibly, as stated before, anti-Catholic propaganda