In case you thought we had heard every repulsive thing the Roman Catholic Church had done, prepare to be appalled all over again. A Dutch newspaper is reporting about documents that show that the church castrated young boys who were suspected of being gay — or who ratted out priests that molested them.
Underage sexual abuse victims were castrated in Dutch Roman Catholic psychiatric wards in the 1950s, according to the Rotterdam-based newspaper NRC Handelsblad.
Castration was performed on young men who were thought to be homosexual, but also as a means of punishing those who blew the whistle on abusers, the paper quotes sources as saying.
NRC discovered proof of the forced castration of one young man and strong evidence that at least ten other abuse victims were subjected to the removal of their testicles. The proof includes court documents, medical records, letters from lawyers and private correspondence…
NRC also writes that a prominent Dutch politician tried to secure a royal pardon for Catholic brothers convicted of sexual abuse at Harreveld, a former boarding school in the Netherlands. The politician was Vic Marijnen, who later became Dutch prime minister.
Marijnen was chairman of the Harreveld board of governors at the time when the abuses took place. He was also vice-chairman of the Netherlands’ main Catholic child protection agency and leader of the Catholic People’s Party (KVP), which later merged with Protestant groups to create the Christian Democrats.
Voltaire was right: écrasez l’infâme.