Catholic Church Castrated Boys for Homosexuality: Paper

Rotterdam-based newspaper NRC Handelsblad has discovered proof of at least one castration that was performed on a boy under Catholic church care in the 1950s to 'cure' his homosexual feelings, Dutch News reports:

PopeBut there are indications at least 10 other boys were also castrated, the paper said. The claims were not included in the Deetman report on sexual abuse within the Catholic church published at the end of last year.

The paper says the one confirmed case concerned a boy – Henk Heithuis – who reported being sexually abused by priests to the police in 1956. After giving evidence, he was placed in a Catholic-run psychiatric institution where he was then castrated because of his 'homosexual behaviour'.

The castrations were not included in the Deetman report because 'there were few leads for further research'.

The Deetman committee was set up by the church itself in 2010 after the sexual abuse scandal broke. It reported in December having identified some 800 priests and monks who abused children in their care between 1945 and 1985.

Castration was also used "as a means of punishing those who blew the whistle on abusers" according to the paper.

Church officials were aware of what was happening but did nothing. Other revelations excluded from the Deetman report include the Catholic people's party KVP's attempts to have sentences dropped against priests charged with abusing children in that late 50's.


  1. Michael says

    Are you trying to tell us the Catholic Church is evil? Next thing you’re going to report is it’s made up of nearly 80% of closet cases or even the Pope himself is a queer. In other words, f*ck them.

  2. Oliver says

    Did the catholic church physically perform these castrations themselves or did the guy in the sky do them?

  3. Fred says

    Sexual abuse and rape by Priest is one thing. Castration as punishment is quite another.

    The notion that Priests accepted and approved of castration of young boys as punishment is stunning.

  4. Marcito says

    I can only hope this report of discovery (with valid proof) goes “viral”…
    The evil & cloaked actions of the RCC must be exposed. SRSLY!!!

    We, as gay men, are owed a “Day of Reckoning”.

  5. Continuum says

    This is not amazing.

    However, what is amazing is that not one Catholic bishop, archbishop, or cardinal is sitting in a jail cell.

    Somewhere, anywhere.

    Not a single member of the Catholic hierarchy has been held criminally liable for their actions of abetting these crimes.

  6. Brian says

    From the same folks who brought us the Inquisition. While I’m horrified to read that this happened, I’m hardly surprised. The Church continues to be the best argument against itself. If I believed in hell, I’d be praying for them to all go there.

  7. Matt26 says

    Disgusting. As I’ve written here again and again: The Catholic Church will destroy it itself.

  8. Alan says

    Its about time this evil organisation was closed down, its wealth used to help the poor, and its buildings used to house the homeless.

  9. Ricco says

    If people loved their faith more than tyheir church, they would drive this gross, disgusting church from our society, and drum its pope and gross priesthood out of town . . . so to speak. I do not care what experience people have had with their religion, it is disgusting toi me that anyone would support this church. It seems people are more tolerant and forgiving of the crimes commited by the Catholic church than those commited by individuals.

    But the crimes of a church, considering what they are supposed to represent, are far greater, and sould not be tolerated.

  10. pedro says

    Obviously if this is true it is disgusting, and all those responsible should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. But to defame over a billion Catholics as a whole(which I and every member of my family happen to be) Or to impugn the thousands of good and decent priests over this is just wrong! I will wait for actual evidence and victims to come forward before making any rash judgements on this story. However I will say again if it is true, then those responsible should be severely punished, and I would even say that the Holy Father himself should issue a public apology!

  11. atomic says

    A pedophile priest rapes a boy and the boy is the one to have his nuts chopped off? How much more outrageous can these people get? This “church” is nothing more than an excuse for twisted old white men to exact violence and corruption on the rest of society, all in the name of morality. This institution must be ELIMINATED, their perpetrators brought to justice, and their supporters and accomplices thwarted. We demand to see the Church pay for its crimes against humanity.

    No wonder the Pope rides around in a bulletproof vehicle. Just saying.

  12. ratbastard says

    Evil, but not unusual in that period of time.

    The RC church needs to come clean once and for all, as do other religions and institutions/organizations. Society needs to face up to the fact there’s a significant problem with a sizable minority of adults who are in charge of caring for children and young adults. Sad, but true. How many more cases of teachers and child care workers do we need to hear about? Or the Rabbi’s who s*ck on a baby’s penis during barbaric circumcision rites? One rabbi recently gave the baby herpes and the infant died!

    Remove their tax-free status. The whole thing about them [religions] and many other institutions being ‘non-profit’ is complete BS.

  13. Eric says

    As Christopher Hitchens reminded us:

    “Religion now comes to us in this smiling-face, ingratiating way, because it’s had to give so much ground, and because we know so much more. But you’ve no right to forget the way it behaved when it was strong, and when it really did believe that it had God on its side.”

    There are enough books documenting the atrocities of Christians in general, and the Catholic Church in particular, to fill entire libraries. Christianity should be considered for what it is: a messianic doomsday cult based on Bronze Age myths. And make no mistake, even today, by definition, it is the exact same cult— whose objective is to take over the world and destroy it in order to bring back Christ. And the most frightening thing is that these days it would be almost impossible for a non-Christian, yet alone atheist, to be elected president in the US.

    I highly recommend watching this debate if you still support the Catholic Church, after watching the debate, most in the audience changed their minds:

    Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Fry vs The Catholics

  14. atomic says

    @Pedro: If you give money to the Church, you are complicit. Your faith in the institution gives them the power to avoid accountability. Even now, you bring out the old trope of “well, not ALL Catholics are evil.” That may be true, but as long as you put yourself under that banner, as long as you don’t FORCE reform in your own faith, then you let them get away with these crimes.

    As for an apology, it’s irrelevant. The world doesn’t need some withered old man to say “my bad” and shrug his shoulders. What the world needs is to be free from the superstition, ignorance, and fear that enslaves weak minds under the control of these corrupt, self-appointed arbiters of morality. What the world needs is to not have an institution so powerful that they can get away with decades of child rape, forced castration, political blackmail, and tax-exempt status.

    You talk as if there are all these gentle, loving Catholics out there who disagree with the Vatican’s tactics and are horrified by the atrocities that were committed under their watch. Well, if that’s the case, then why do they all continue to remain silent and cowed under the leadership of these immoral men? By your own beliefs, it is a betrayal of your own faith to continue to be led by these bigots and criminals.

  15. RWG says

    Religious Liberty. Come on people. Religious Liberty. We have no right to tell them how to run their church or stop them from educating all of us on the compassion of their teachings. These are the values which should be the basis of our laws, isn’t that right, Cardinal Dolan?

  16. TJ says

    I really don’t see what all the fuss is about. If those damn kids weren’t so seductive, priests wouldn’t be tempted. Of course you cut the balls off the nasty little temptors. Makes sense to me. Just like the Wisconsin representative who recently stated that women in abusive relationships, rather than seek divorce, should just try harder at remembering the good things about the relationship and what brought the couple together. Because if she was just nicer to her abuser, he wouldn’t have to smack her around so much.

    The more things change, the more they stay the same. Sigh.

  17. Marcito says


    Well said. According to the article, the Deetman committee is scheduled
    to be questioned next week with a full parliamentary investigation.

    It is the hierachy of church officials that need to be exposed and be held
    accountable for crimes against humanity for all their faithful followers
    (as devote believers in Christ’s ministry) to see and address
    with FULL reprimand & just punishment!

    Gay people deserve more than an apology from the “old boys club”,
    including the “supreme commander” in Rome!

  18. Caliban says

    Pedro, I have no doubt there are many “good” Catholics. But what those good Catholics should NEVER forget is the DECADES (if not far longer) the Church spent protecting pedophiles, hiding their crimes, preventing prosecution, and protecting their ASSETS instead their faithful parishioners. Good lord, in Ireland and probably other places as well Catholic orphanages were treated as kiddie brothels, target galleries for pedophiles shooting fish in a barrel!

    And even now instead of accepting responsibility for their actions the church has started to fight AGAINST responsibility for their crimes! Cardinal Dolan(?) recently said he REGRETS apologizing for the crimes that happened in Boston! They’re fighting AGAINST raising the statute of limitations for sex crimes against children!

    If the “good” faithful parishioners of the Catholic Church want to save it they need to stop protecting it, because it sure as h*ll never protected YOU!

  19. says

    all “good” Catholics need to STOP GIVING MONEY TO THE CHURCH

    by all means, folks, keep attending every sunday. but don’t put a CENT in that collection plate. instead, leave a note or a letter explaining WHY you’re no longer giving them money.

    anything less is complicity in this ongoing affront to human decency.

  20. pedro says

    For those of you saying that Catholics should stop giving money to the church, please understand that the Catholic church is the biggest charitable organization in the world. The work it does cannot be duplicated by any other group or collection of groups, that is a fact! Of course this doesn’t excuse these disgusting actions and hopefully the people responsible should be duly punished…Yes, I know no punishment will give these men back what they lost as boys, but it’s the least that can be done. As for the anti-Catholics, give it up, the Catholic church will outlive your great-great-great grand kids, it’s not going anywhere. However, it does need to reform not for the sake of survival, but for the sake of morality…Yes, some (very few in the scheme of things) Catholic priests did some very disgusting and sick things to the children who were placed in their care, and the church must do all in its power to ensure that these people are weeded out and punished under secular law.

  21. Caliban says

    Pedro, while it was individual Priests who sexually abused children IT WAS THE ENTIRE CHURCH HIERARCHY THAT PROTECTED THOSE PRIESTS! They became accessories after the fact when they protected them from prosecution and they AIDED & ABETTED their future crimes by moving them to new diocese without warning anyone of their sexually abusive pasts, allowing them to abuse again!

    So DO NOT try and make this about “some (very few in the scheme of things) Catholic priests.” The entire church hierarchy from the Pope down kept silent while it happened and ACTIVELY protected pedophile priests! And any money to the church is in part spent protecting them further. If you want to donate to a specific Catholic Charity, fine. But don’t fool yourself. The church has proved over and over again that they’re far more interested in protecting their power and wealth than they ever were about protecting the people in the pews from their priests.

  22. Joe says

    @Pedro: There are none so blind… Your church is an EVIL institution. Yes, there are good PEOPLE, who happen to be Catholic. That doesn’t make the Catholic church a moral institution. It does NOT matter how many charitable organizations the church sponsors. In time, they can be replaced. What is more important is to tear away the “magical” nonsense that has given the priesthood a special, protected status in our society. As long as the internet exists, there will be no more tolerated lies and deceptions permitted by the Catholic church. They can run, lie, threaten, demand pity, mumble their mumbo-jumbo; their special status is finished.

  23. say what says



    the US gov does more for the poor and suffering far more effectively than the catholic church

    The catholic church is the largest PRIVATE charitable org BUT the US FED GOV does far more for far more far more effectively than the catholic church and all that without wearing gold and silk robes

    An argument can be made that the 1612 yrs of the catholic church’s existence (dating from 400s ce council of nicea) with all of the burning of entire towns who were pagan, the holy wars, the witch burnings, the inquisition and yes the molestations ( there are documents dating to at least the 500s CE written by priests and monks bemoaning the sexyness of your boys….if the boys weren’t so tempting etc) far outweigh any supposed good the catholic church has done

    so past history nixes any good and US fed gov has done far more good for far more people far more efficiently

    your “enabeler” comment in defense of the church falls flat

  24. pedro says

    @say what: You are right, I should have said largest private charitable organization…I still stand by the rest of my statement…If the charitable work done by the church, including faithfully humble priests and nuns, millions of people would be left in greater peril than they already are…As for the past acts of the Catholic church, I am not here to make excuses for it, I will just say please find me one organization that goes back two millenia that doesn’t have a host of skeletons in its closet…The people who run the church are not perfect…I am a gay Catholic and have many, many issues with the church, but I will not allow that to blind me of the immense good that the church has done and will continue to do. I have contributed to the church in the past and I will continue to contribute to it in the future, I know that the church has blessed my life in innumerable ways.

  25. say what says


    I sympathize with your stance/ conundrum

    I was raised catholic myself, and at one time loved the church but through my own life journey & sweet reason…came to atheism. It was a long, painful, and soul wrenching journey.

    What good has occurred due to catholics was due to the inherent goodness of said individuals who just happened to be catholic. The same good individuals if worshipers of RA & Horus would have been just as good doing good as they did as catholics. They were/ are good who just happened to be catholic

  26. says

    condoning the catholic church’s actions, and continuing to support them financially because they “also are charitable” is intellectually dishonest and weak minded.

    you might as well be saying “you’re forgetting all the good work the Klan does for white people!”

    piss OFF.

  27. atomic says

    @Pedro: You’re just another apologist for the crimes committed under the Vatican’s watch. You trot out the same old, tired lines about how the money given to the Church is overwhelmingly for “good” causes. Well, tell me then, where did all the millions come from that were used to pay the settlements for the kids they raped?

    It’s precisely BECAUSE of people like you that these men have been able to get away with their crimes. So for you to talk about bringing them to justice is totally disingenuous. YOU ARE TO BLAME for excusing the Church’s existence with your moral relativism, which is richly ironic considering how your own priests and bishops and cardinals deign to tell the rest of the world that their moral judgments are absolute and infallible.

    These people have been, and continue to be, a malignant cancer on humanity. And like cancer, there’s no way to peacefully coexist with it. It must be removed if the human race is to survive.

  28. says

    to Atomic’s point, the problem is not actually the anti-gay side of the Catholic Church but all the “non-bigoted” catholics who , despite their apparently non-bigoted beliefs, continue to financially support the Catholic church.

    stop supporting it financially and it’ll be forced to rethink its ways.

  29. pedro says

    @TJ: No I am not a Republican. I vote for Obama in ’08 (my very first vote ever!), and though he has disappointed me and I do not agree with all of his policies, I will vote for him come November. Romney is a complete liar and hypocrite, who did a complete 180 from his days as Governor of MA to running for the Republican nominee. Obama is also a hypocrite and a liar…so it’s the lesser of two evils at this point for me.

  30. TJ says

    PEDRO – I was just wondering. Because you sound just like gay people who talk about all the good the GOP does. Who give money to support the party. Because faith is more important than fact. Because faith is what they count on to keep you suckered in.

    I’m with those that say, vote with your wallet. Withhold your tithe, and let them know why.

  31. says

    exactly, TJ.

    replace your collection envelope donation with a written letter explaining why you can’t, in good conscience, give them any more money.

    if they need money, perhaps they can start selling off their massive collection of gold ornaments. eh?

  32. boone68 says

    Pedro, genuine goodness and morality are human qualities that come from within a person. You do not need the Catholic church, or any church for that matter, to fulfill yourself spiritually. Someday, I hope you realize that the “goodness” and “morality” coming out to the Catholic church, and all religions, cannot possibly be genuine because it doesn’t come from within, and until you let go of faith in the fake, you’ll never know your own, real goodness. The cruelty and crimes of the church are just the obvious signs of the ugliness that is this train wreck of humanity.

  33. pedro says

    Wow, Okay I feel a little attacked so I will stop commenting on this post. Let me just say, I am truly disgusted by any abuse committed by members of the clergy and I hope every single one of them is brought to justice, in this world and under God’s judgement. My faith is my personal business, I will never give it up, but I don’t push it down other people’s throat, nor do I want laws to reflect my own personal religious beliefs…I don’t agree with the church on everything, and actually did not want Cardinal Ratzinger to be elected pope, however the rest of the College of Cardinals and God had other plans…People should not judge all Catholics because of a few bad apples. bye.

  34. Sarm says

    Why are Christians not considered terrorists and dealt with accordingly yet!? Is there not enough evidence of the harm they have inflicted on all of humanity? They cannot be allowed to harm any more innocents! Justice must be done.

  35. atomic says

    I alluded to this before but I think I need to be more explicit: it is not merely the money that Catholics give to the Church that is the issue. The money is merely the tangible component.

    Far more important, I would argue, is the CREDIBILITY that the Church’s followers give to the Catholic hierarchy simply by following them; simply by virtue of LISTENING to what they have to say as if their words do carry the weight of authority. That is what gives these dirty old men in dresses the nerve to tell law enforcement and the government that they are not accountable for raping children. That is what gives them the audacity to refuse to even offer impotent words of apology, and to lobby against extending the statute of limitations for child molestation. That is why they believe it is within their right to dictate to others who are not even Catholic what legal rights they are entitled to.

    It is two crucial ingredients–money AND credibility, that is the reason why people let them get away with crimes. And they have accrued these things by using (quite literally) the oldest trick in the book: by proposing a mythology that indoctrinates and enslaves the weak-minded by making them feel loved and special if they obey, and guilty and fearful if they do not. It is a con job that has been ongoing for thousands of years, and it is astounding that so many people keep falling for it. WAKE THE **** UP PEOPLE: you are being taken for a ride (in more ways than one, apparently!) by a bunch of WICKED OLD PEDOPHILES and you want to keep protecting them!?

  36. says

    actually, pedro, it’s catholics like you that deserve the criticism.

    you condone their affronts to humanity, spinelessly.

    feeling attacked? on HERE?

    try attending each church service from now on with a big bright rainbow adorning your being – let your entire congregation and priest(s) know that you’re a gay man. truly.

    i’m rather tired of gay catholics telling gays not to hate catholics. tell your own damned church to stop hating on LGBT people, and non-Catholics and non-Christians.

    if you can stand before gay men and tell them you’re a catholic but can’t stand before your congregation and tell them that you’re a proud gay men then you need to sit for a while and think about what that means.

  37. Hollywood, CA says

    Saying the Catholic Church should be given a pass on this issue because they do charitable work is like saying It’s okay for your elementary school teachers to molest you if they give you good grades and drop you off at home after every raping… get a damn clue. The followers have more power than they think. If they withheld their offerings until every pedophile and abuse cover up person was kicked out of the organization, it wouldn’t take long for things to get in order. Money talks…

  38. Marcito says

    To my fellow commenters:

    PEDRO stopped his dialogue with us (and fled!) because it was too overwhelming to be confronted w/ so much information re: his devotion to an empire of epic failure to it’s most devout followers. This is a excellent example of trying to convince those devotees to try & please look at the bigger picture. It’s just too painful. But, I will NOT let this story get buried!

    @ Say What: You posted…
    “I was raised catholic myself, and at one time loved the church but through my own life journey & sweet reason…came to atheism. It was a long, painful, and soul wrenching journey.”

    That journey has made you a solid man. Be grateful for the “growing pain”
    that led you to be spiritually sound today.

  39. says

    So, the church which objects to condom use by gay men to prevent AIDS because condoms are used by heterosexual couples to prevent pregnancy, and because interference with procreation is intrinsically evil, felt that castration to prevent homosexual behavior (and, let us not forget, in earlier times, to prevent voice change) is fine, even though it is a more permanent interference with procreation….

    No wonder they are so respected as a source of sexual and moral information, and particularly about the morality of medical procedures.

  40. jaragon says

    Shocking just shocking- the Catholic church use to castrate boys so they could sing better for the glory of God. But this sounds like a bad horror movie so the poor kid testifies that some pervert priest molested him and his is placed in psychiatric hospital run by the CHURCH ?! If anyone needed to have his balls cut off was the priest.

  41. says

    A crime has been alleged and accordingly requires scrupulous and rigorous inquiry.

    But it should alert all other jurisdictions to the possibility that such crimes were also perpetrated throughout the ‘Catholic World’.
    Has this issue been the subject of any other sexual abuse Inquiry ? Does anyone know ?

  42. Asimov says

    It’s disgusting. But, of course, the castration was done by psychiatrists, not priests, who at the time classified being gay as a mental illness, and they castrated lots of gay people in completely secular facilities. They used to lobotomize people, too.

    It’s gotten a lot better, but they still drug children for the crime of having a lot of energy.

  43. anonymous says

    Here is some additional information on this.

    ” Government inspectors were aware that minors were being castrated while being looked after in Catholic-run psychiatric institutions, local paper the Limburger reported on Monday.

    The NRC reported on Saturday at least one boy under the age of 16 was castrated to ‘help’ his homosexual feelings while in Catholic church care in the 1950s.

    Minutes of meetings held in the 1950s show inspectors were present when the castrations were openly discussed, the Limburger said. The minutes also showed directors of the institutions did not think parents needed to be involved in the decision-making process when minors were involved.”

    Then there is the man who tried to obtain royal pardons for the priests who were convicted for abusing these children.

    “There are also allegations that Vic Marijnen, a former Dutch Prime Minister, who died in 1975, was linked to the case.

    In 1956, Mr Marijnen was the chairman of the Gelderland children’s home where Mr Heithuis and other children were abused. He intervened to have prison sentences dropped against several priests convicted of abusing children. ”

  44. anonymous says

    more here:

    “Senior politician involved
    But Dohmen found something even more important. He discovered that the Deetman Report failed to mention a certain political figure who tried to secure a royal pardon for Gregorius and other convicted Catholic brothers from Harreveld. That was Victor Marijnen, a former Dutch prime minister and leading member of the Catholic People’s Party (KVP). The KVP later merged with Protestant parties to form the Christian Democrats (CDA) – the political party of inquiry commission chairman Wim Deetman.

    Victor Marijnen was in an extraordinary position in the 1950s. Not only was he a rising star in his political party, he was also vice-chairman of the Dutch Catholic child protection agency, and –most pertinently– director of Harreveld boarding school. The Deetman Commission was aware of these connections and the potential conflicts of interest they represent. The commission was aware of Marijnen’s letter to the Queen on behalf of sexual abusers, too, but omitted these facts in its report.

    Reacting to Dohmen’s revelations, the Deetman Commission explains that it did not mention Marijnen because it did not detail any cases that could be traced back to an individual, for the sake of protecting privacy. However, elsewhere in the same report we see numerous mentions of cases that can be traced back to individuals, even highly-placed figures such as bishops Ad Simonis and Philippe Bär. The commission did not shy away from slapping these men on the wrist.

    It’s not unreasonable to conclude that the Deetman Commission refrained from investigating the castration because it knew this would inevitably lead to closer scrutiny of the Harreveld situation, exposing the role of Victor Marijnen and showing Mr Deetman’s own political party in a very negative light indeed.

    The big picture
    But this may be too narrow a view. The bigger picture is this: Victor Marijnen was just one member of a wider elite of Catholic notables who weilded vast power in the 1950s. They were captains of industry, chairmen of commissions, judges, high-ranking civil servants and politicians. And it was through this old boys network that abuse at Harreveld and other Roman Catholic institutions was covered up.

    In short, the Harreveld castration story reveals collusion between institutions, bishops, politicians, the police and the justice system that enabled sexual abuse in the church to continue unpunished for decades on end.”

  45. Anonymous says

    ‎””Remember that the first step in spirituality is not to speak ill of others. All human beings have weaknesses and faults. Yet they are all God in their being. Until they become Realized, they have their imperfections. Therefore, before trying to find
    faults in others and speaking ill of them, try to find your own weaknesses and correct those.”

    –Meher Baba

  46. No kidding says

    The Catholic Church is morally bankrupt, intellectually bankrupt and on its way to becoming financially bankrupt. When the audience disappears from the pews the show will be over.

    It has all the legitimacy of an African witch doctor casting chicken bones and shaking a handful of feathers to drive out evil spirits.

  47. anonymous says

    It now appears that the Deetman Commission report has some omissions. Is it possible that other omissions are waiting to be discovered?

    The initial report seems shocking on it’s face.

    “An 1,100-page report from a commission led by a former education minister and Christian Democrat leader said it could identify 800 Catholic clergy and other church employees guilty of sexually abusing children in the 40 years from 1945 and that more than 100 perpetrators were still alive.

    Children in institutional care, regardless of religious affiliation, in the Netherlands were at substantial risk of being abused during the period, the molestation rate – 20% – being twice that of elsewhere. The investigation led by Wim Deetman concluded that several tens of thousands of children had suffered sexual molestation.”

    There must have been some reason the Archbishop ordered 20 years of the Archdiocese of Roermond archives destroyed.

    “In another development yesterday, Bishop Frans Wiertz of Roermond, in the south-east of the Netherlands, said his predecessor, Bishop Jo Gijsen – who had strong views on homosexuality and women’s rights – had ordered the destruction of the diocese’s episcopal archive for the period of his tenure from 1972 to 1993.

    Bishop Wiertz said the archive went back 450 years and was intact on both sides of the missing period – though he could not say whether the missing documents had hindered the work of the Deetman investigators.”

    Other things perhaps needing further reexamination include known unknowns such as the deaths of young boys:

    “The Dutch Public Prosecution Office is investigating the deaths of 34 boys in the early 1950s in an institution for the mentally handicapped in the southern province of Limburg. The deaths were reported by the Deetman Commission, which is investigating the sexual abuse of children in the Roman Catholic church.

    Roman Catholic monks were responsible for the care of mentally-handicapped children in the former St. Joseph institution in the town of Heel near Roermond. An investigation of archives by the Deetman Commission has revealed that the number of deaths in the institution in the early 1950s was much higher than average. The death rate at the home increased in 1952, 1953 and 1954. It is not clear why the rate dropped back down after 1954. All the cases were boys under 18-years-old.”

    Young girls also died:

    “Following revelations concerning the deaths of 34 boys in the 1950s in a Catholic home for the mentally handicapped, it has now been discovered that 40 girls also died at another home between 1952 and 1954.

    A regional TV channel requested information on the number of deaths at the St. Anna institution in the southern Dutch town of Heel near Roermond from local authorities and found that the most of the girls who died from 1952-1954 were younger than 12 years old. The deaths included babies and toddlers.”

    Was the Deetman Commission report a limited hangout? Are there unknown unknowns yet to be discovered by diligent investigation? There is more to come.

  48. jack says

    I don’t know about the truth of this story. However, it is well documented that in the middle ages and even into the 19th century the Church castrated boys with beautiful voices for the Vatican Choir.

  49. lottie jump says

    The eunuchs in the Ottoman Empire were created mainly at one Coptic monastery, at Abou Gerbe monastery on Mount Ghebel Eter. The Coptic priests sliced the penis and testicles off Nubian or Abyssinian slave boys around the age of eight.[30] The boys were captured from Abyssinia and other areas in Sudan like Darfur and Kordofan then brought into Sudan and Egypt. During the operation, the Coptic clergyman chained the boys to tables and after slicing their sexual organs off, stuck a piece of bamboo into the genital area, then submerged them in neck high sand to burn. The recovery rate was ten percent. The resulting eunuchs fetched large profits in contrast to eunuchs from other areas.

  50. Laura says

    My heart goes out to the boys who were victims of these horrible practices. I can only imagine what they and their families are going through. However, I do hope that one day they will be able to forgive the Catholic Church, and show these people how true Christians behave. I also think that forgiveness is essential to the healing process, something I learned from reading Master Charles Cannon’s “Forgiving the Unforgivable” ( It’s a powerful book, and I think it would benefit anyone harmed by the Church to read it.

  51. John says

    “Holy Mother the Church” (as she likes to call herself) makes Cinderella’s wicked stepmother look good by comparison.