Is self-flagellation approved by the Church?

Hello!

Recently, I was reading a book by St. Louis de Montfort and he seems to approve self-flagellation. I think this book was written in the 1700s, so I am taking into account the historical time period. But, does self-flagellation still occur today and is it approved by the Church? I don’t see how physically hurting your body in such a way can be a good thing.

Thank you! :slight_smile:

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