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Forced castrations reportedly found in Roman Catholic care

Published on : 17 March 2012 - 9:01am | By Robert Chesal (Photo: Wikipedia)
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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.

According to the paper, the practice was reported in 2010 to the Deetman Commission which completed its investigation of sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic church last December. The commission, led by former cabinet minister Wim Deetman of the Christian Democrat party (CDA), made no mention of the castration of abuse victims in its final report.

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.

In a reaction, the church-installed Deetman Commission says it did not publish any findings on the castration of abused minors in its final report because it had "too few leads for further investigation." The commission did not report on the actions of Vic Marijnen because "the case was unmistakeably tied to circumstances which could be traced back to an individual person." In its final report, the commission left most identities anonymous as a means of protecting individuals' privacy.

Discussion

Anonymous 3 July 2013 - 5:06am

Holland: Castration. Ireland: Magdalene laundries. Spain: Stolen babies. North America: Residential schools. Worldwide: Just about every form of sexual abuse imaginable. There is no way that popes are not complicit in any of this criminality. By the time these guys get voted in, they've been around for decades. While they may not have had any direct involvement in these crimes against the flock, odds-on, popes have buried their fair share of bodies, and then some. 

Joe Davies 1 April 2012 - 10:21am

This really is a dishonest report and sums up Radio Netherlands ability to report the truth. This reprt will fill you in with more detail and is attempt to get nearer the truth http://tinyurl.com/6r4yp65

Dutch reporting has never been known for its robustness particularly RNW. Can I suggest that if you are going to continue to produce these fallicious reports in future that you at least put in some names of people who are alive so that you can be sued in an open court when they are proved wrong? The world will then see how good your reports are and your ability to report the truth.

Anonymous 22 March 2012 - 5:11pm / nl

I was in a catholic boarding school in the sixties, you all talk opinions about htese things but you don't know inside . more than sex things but there was the beatings called discipline.

Anonymous 22 March 2012 - 12:51pm

Écrasez l'infâme

SS 21 March 2012 - 3:42pm / Canada

We have had 3 rapist priests arrested my small Ontario town of about 15,000 in the last two years. They had all been transferred to nearby native reservations to do their "ministering" out of sight....

Anonymous 20 March 2012 - 9:59pm

Holland: Castration. Ireland: Magdalene laundries. Spain: Stolen babies. North America: Residential schools. Worldwide: Just about every form of sexual abuse imaginable. There is no way that popes are not complicit in any of this criminality. By the time these guys get voted in, they've been around for decades. While they may not have had any direct involvement in these crimes against the flock, odds-on, popes have buried their fair share of bodies, and then some.

Sophia 20 March 2012 - 11:49am

Abuse? I really think that the Vatican has to be removed from the face of this earth!

Ophu 20 March 2012 - 11:04am

It is pitiful how conflicted certain parts of Christendom are about an act of nature. When we can finally look at what is good and call it good instead of trying to demonize good for the sake of good, then we will have at last put to rest the conflict between Humanity and the natural human being.

Yeshua 20 March 2012 - 1:01am / Sahara

God is Love. This is the opposite. Remember?

Anonymous 19 March 2012 - 4:59pm / United States

Perhaps, someone should offer to castrate the Pope to stop him from obsessing about sex.

Anonymous 18 March 2012 - 6:40pm / United States

If there was a god none of this would have happened.

Erynn 19 March 2012 - 7:22am / United States

No, if there were an omnipotent, omniscient, benevolent God this wouldn't happen. Any other combination makes it possible.

JeannieGuzman 19 March 2012 - 1:40am / Colorado USA

No, Anonymous: If there were not men (over the centuries) pretending to be "The Vicar of Christ on Earth," things like this wouldn't have happened. The Church claims that Her popes are "In personna Christi," meaning that they operate as our living Christ! This doctrine is sacrilegious, which more than one pope will discover on Judgment Day!

Robert Randall 17 March 2012 - 11:44pm / England

If you have an institution exist that climbs in bed with the Politicians of every land, exist above the law AND work with children, what the hell do you EXPECT to fester and grow? Roses. It is laughable that people are shocked, if we are only just now hearing of such things in Europe, what do you think has been and is happening in African villages, and off the road Parishes in Asia and South America where the victims cannot read and haven't access to a computer let alone a LAWYER... think about what happens with THAT kind of absolute power?

JeannieGuzman 18 March 2012 - 12:08am / USA

Robert: I have been very concerned about the Priest Pedophilia Problem in 3rd World Countries, where the people trust the Church, with their children, as much as they trust the Church with the welfare of their souls! In 10, 20, 30, 40 years the same stories that we have heard in the USA, Canada, Europe and Australia will be repeated. Also, over that duration of time, the Vatican as well as members of the Hierarchy in 3rd World Countries will continue to cover up the molestations, rapes and sodomy of children and teens by Pedophile Priests. It is my fear that many Pedophile Priests are still in the priesthood and have been simply moved into other Archdiocese in 3rd World Countries. If that is the case, even more innocent children and teens will be brutalized by sexual abuse. Unless the Vatican is brought into WORLD COURT to answer for Her Crimes Against Humanity, nothing will ever change, except the dates of abuse.

JeannieGuzman 17 March 2012 - 10:16pm

Walgelijk! Onbegrijpelijk! Barbaars! Dit is absoluut het slechtste verhaal dat ik heb gelezen over het seksueel misbruik van kinderen, waar ook ter wereld. Wat gaat het te nemen voor goede mensen, van over de hele wereld, om de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk te laden met misdaden tegen de menselijkheid? (Sorry als mijn grammatica fout is. Moest ik een vertaler te gebruiken voor dit bericht!)

Alison S 17 March 2012 - 9:57pm / canada

Nothing shocks me anymore about abuses by the RC. Here in Quebec, orphans were moved from orphanages into psychiatric hospitals so the Catholic orders who ran these institutions could get more money (each psychiatric patient was worth more to them than one orphan) from the provincial government. Not only that, but by having them classified as feeble minded or mentally ill, they did not have to provide any schooling. Image perfectly normal children being incarcerated with the truly mentally ill and with no prospects whatsoever, all for money. Disgusting.

Anonymous 20 March 2012 - 4:16am / Vermont, USA

the Duplessis Orphans in Quebec is more sickening than this story...this church is nothing more than a money machine that has little scruples but to protect its business assets... sick sick sick

Pogonip 17 March 2012 - 9:21pm / U.S.A.

Castration has a long history within the R.C. church, from Abelard to the Castrati Choir of the Vatican. Paul was probably most influential in the church's fixation with sex, and the dysfunctional way of dealing with it. But what reparations can be made to the victims?

Xenofon 17 March 2012 - 10:29pm / Greece

How about 10,000,000 euro per victim? The more the better.

Nancy 21 March 2012 - 3:58pm / USA

How about shutting down the entire organization.....maybe that would be a small step in the beginning of payment.

JeannieGuzman 17 March 2012 - 10:23pm / USA

St. Paul would be considered "A Forward Thinking Man," in this century. Paul taught, "In Christ, there is no difference between male and female, bound or free!" Basically that says there isn't any difference once someone is IN Christ, whether they are a male or female or whether they are a slave or a free man! Can you imagine what a concept that was in the 1st century Church? It is a concept that the Roman Catholic Church has been unable to embrace for the last 2000 years! For members of the Hierarchy and the Vatican to accept Paul's actual teachings on sexuality, would indeed by a "Paradigm Shift" in reality, as they know it!

Pogonip 17 March 2012 - 9:20pm / U.S.A.

Castration has a long history within the R.C. church, from Abelard to the Castrati Choir of the Vatican. Paul was probably most influential in the church's fixation with sex, and the dysfunctional way of dealing with it. But what reparations can be made to the victims?

Anonymous 17 March 2012 - 7:43pm / USA

Well, from Boston, where I live, and the Church scandal that brought a Cardinal down, the Prince of the Church Cardinal Law, it does not surprise me at all that the Dutch church had its scandals & perversions ingrained in the way the RC church operates. And it is hardly surprising the RC Church continues its rant re sex, straight or gay, since no one in the RC Church really understands human sexuality. So the RC Church opposes gay marriage, it opposes the pill, it opposes abortion. Its inability to understand human sexuality helps to further the aims of conservative, right wing extremists, who profess belief in small government, yet insist government rules in the bedroom, under women's garmets,and must expand to "protect", a way of life, the same arguments the RC church uses under the guise of religious teaching. The plain fact is, most people have learned to ignore the Roman Catholic Church and its teachings when they do not agree at all with them.

SarahTX2 17 March 2012 - 7:06pm / U.S.

What the heck? Is there no end to what these madmen are capable of doing? Is this just a completely pornographic religion?

Anonymous 21 March 2012 - 7:46am / USA

When you offer a job that insists that all applicants must be unmarried 'celibate' men, that offers a position of power and trust, and uses young boys in many of its activities, who the heck do you expect would be applying?

Anonymous 19 March 2012 - 7:37am

Considering they protect people in their church who molest children by moving them from city to city so the police won't catch up and they have had a Pope who openly worshiped Satan... no, there is no end to what they're capable of.

JeannieGuzman 17 March 2012 - 5:39pm / Colorado USA

This has to be the most sickening and most disgustingly outragious account of abuse, which has come out of the Roman Catholic Church's, Priest Pedophilia Scandal! How was this one covered up for years? Anyone involved in these atrocities should suffer the same fate, but we know that the justice system will never allow that. May God have His vengence!

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