Off with their goolies!

I remember a sketch many years ago on ‘Not the Nine O’clock News’ where it was proposed that the only answer to the problem of youth was to chop off their goolies. Well, how prophetic that turned out to be as earlier this week it transpired that the Catholic Church in Holland had actually been doing just that!

At least 10 teenage boys or young men under the age of 21 were surgically castrated “to get rid of homosexuality” while in their care in the 1950s.

Evidence of the castrations has emerged amid controversy that it was not included in the findings of an official investigation into sexual abuse within the church last year. The NRC Handelsblad newspaper identified Henk Heithuis who was castrated in 1956, while a minor, after reporting priests to the police for abusing him in a Catholic boarding home.

Joep Dohmen, the investigative journalist who uncovered the Heithuis case, also found evidence of at least nine other castrations. “These cases are anonymous and can no longer be traced,” he said. “There will be many more. But the question is whether those boys, now old men, will want to tell their story.”

The picture I have used in this article shows the similar treatment of jewish prisoners in a German concentration camp. You might think that this comparison is a bit strong – but frankly I can see no difference.

Any organisation that behaves in such a manner should be ashamed. Any church doing so should be doubly ashamed.

( You can read more on this story in the Telegraph by clicking here )

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