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.
If this follows the pattern of other instances of abuses by the Church, we can expect to see a number of people coming forward to recount their stories about this. One has to wonder what the RCC is going to do with this information. Are they going to try and sweep in under the rug? Or, are we actually going to get an admission of guilt?