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Catholic church abuse: at least one youth castrated for 'homosexuality'

Saturday 17 March 2012

At least one boy under the age of 16 was castrated to 'help' his homosexual feelings while in Catholic church care in the 1950s, the NRC reported on Saturday.

But 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 paper says the Deetman committee was informed about the castrations in writing but did not include mention of them in its 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.

In addition, church officials, bishops and lay people were aware of what was going on but failed to take action to protect children, the report said.


The NRC also said on Saturday the final Deetman report did not mention that a leading politician with the Catholic people's party KVP had tried to have prison sentences dropped against several priests accused of abusing children in 1958.

Vic Marijnen, who went on to become prime minister in 1963, was chairman of the children's home where Henk Heithuis and dozens of other children were abused until 1959.

MPs are now calling for a full parliamentary investigation into the abuse scandal because of concerns about the neutrality of the Deetman inquiry. MPs are due to question Deetman at a hearing next week.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

We all are sinners.Let us place them in the hands of our dear "Mother Mary" and pray for the conversion.

By dyan | 18 March 2012 5:56 AM

Speak for yourself Dyan.

By rhys | 18 March 2012 11:14 AM

Please examine the Jehovah's Witnesses who go door to door and come on our property.
Jehovah's Witnesses pedophiles.
Many court documents and news events prove that Jehovah's Witnesses require two witnesses when a child comes forward with allegations of molestation within the congregation. Such allegations have customarily been treated as sins instead of crimes and are only reported to authorities when it is required to do so by law.
These people engage in a door to door ministry, possibly exposing children to pedophiles.

The Watchtower corporation has paid out millions in settlement money already.
Danny Haszard abuse victim

By Danny Haszard | 18 March 2012 1:43 PM

By "castrated", I am sure you mean "chemical castration", which was a very common treatment for homosexuality until the 1970s. In the UK, the former World War II code-breaker, Alan Turing, was also chemically castrated as a cure for his homosexuality in the 1950s.

In fact, nowadays, it seems that the same method is being used for paedophiles and others with unwanted sexual drives.

In that sense, I have no idea what the complaint is? It was a common treatment for an uncommon problem. Only 50 years later and instead of chemically castrating male homosexuals, the west tends to promote their sexual exploits... Let's hope that the change of attitude towards homosexual men will not be replicated with pederasts

By John | 18 March 2012 7:05 PM

Yes, let's all pray for the nice priests who are merely sinners and just can't help themselves. What about the abuse victims? No prayers for them? Of course not, the report is clear that adults knew all about what was going on and refused to help the children. Pray for the criminals, toss the victims under the bus. Typical Catholic behavior.

By Vivienne | 18 March 2012 9:49 PM

@dylan: You have got to be kidding. Religion, Mother Mary, God, have nothing to do with the ignorance of human behavior. Intelligent people whether they are religious or not realize that everyone is born different and its about time we learn to accept that. The only sin here is that some people still fail to accept others as they are. So many people think only of changing others, but not themselves.

By Josephine | 19 March 2012 2:11 AM

Absolutely appalling! These are criminal activities, and should be investigated as such, not by an in-house, friendly, Catholic enquiry. I hope there are enough empty prisons in Holland to house all these abusers, and their aiders and abetters. Roald Dahl walked away from the church after seeing his violent, child hating, abusive head master become the Archbishop of Canterbury. He questioned how a religion of hope and love could be represented by a man of such hate. I hope most Catholics follow his lead and distance themselves from an institution that doesn't represent their Christian Faith. If you know of abuse, now is the time to stand up and be counted. Staying quiet condones the violence.

By jaycee | 19 March 2012 9:00 AM

I wonder how many priests were castrated in the same period for the same thing.

By groverpm | 19 March 2012 9:43 AM

Deetman doesn't have the balls for the job.

By Sam | 19 March 2012 10:52 AM

And we in the Western world think we have any right to judge or criticize Islam?? or any other religion or belief?

By Bill | 19 March 2012 10:58 AM

Worse still, apparently, 4 out of five abuse cases were against young boys. Why did the Catholic church allow so many homosexuals into the priesthood and why did homosexuals want to join the Catholic priesthood in the first place. So homosexual priests and Monks abuse, and then they castrate the children they abused, what a disgrace?

By Highlander | 19 March 2012 11:06 AM

I'm sorry, dyan, but we are all not sinners. I am not a sinner, since I do not believe in sin. What I do believe in is not cutting off little boys' nuts. Call me crazy, if you want.

By informed | 19 March 2012 11:07 AM

Religion has no place anymore in this world. We finally can openly decide on good moral grounds, through intellect, what's right and what's wrong. This was clearly wrong...

By Sinned | 19 March 2012 12:41 PM

"We are all sinners" is no excuse to mutilate people for the way they were born. Truly I hope that one day we will learn to be kind to each other without the need for an institution or religion to tell us to.

By Siddie | 19 March 2012 1:10 PM

@dyan -- "Pray"? Really? Lets get off our asses and do something that actually works. Like jailing these bastard priests. Demanding the Pope (who enabled pedophile priests) step down and face criminal charges.

By brad | 19 March 2012 1:15 PM

Well Dylan I'm sure that Mary will be delighted to hear that more lives have been ruined by her legacy. Surely you can put religion out of the picture for two minutes and realise that it goes beyond Catholicism or Christianity right down into the human psyche. It shows how human beings are intrinsically evil and have to strive not to be. Religion has long been used as an excuse, it's time for all you pious idiots to admit that you don't do wrong because you're a "sinner" in any religious sense of the word, it's because society has so grossly morphed you out of your natural tendencies. All of the wrong we do is rebellion against our unnatural existence.

By Thomas | 19 March 2012 1:26 PM

@dyan - No. Let us place them in prison where they belong. Prayer obviously does nothing.

By f1oyd | 19 March 2012 1:37 PM

Brilliant moves on all authorities concerned. Oh, you were sexually abused by a Catholic priest? You must be traumatized, here lets put you in the care of a **Catholic Psyche Ward**. So, you were abused by a priest, must be your fault. Lets *nip this in the bud*.

By Johnny | 19 March 2012 1:56 PM

Yes, we are all sinners but as a good catholic we should be able to recognize veinal and mortal. And what is described above by the church is mortal. In lamens terms, Taking away the boys ability to make his own choices, is taking away his freewill. What God giveth GOD taketh away. Shame on the priest who performed this.

By Craig | 19 March 2012 1:58 PM

Further proof that the Catholic church might very well be the most evil organization on the planet.

By Andrew | 19 March 2012 2:05 PM

Dyan, may you and your ruthless church burn in Hell for Eternity.

By Frank | 19 March 2012 2:44 PM

Civil court and secular society is the only chance we have for justice. Adherence and subservience to superstitions is why these children were allowed to be abused and castrated.

By Redemtion | 19 March 2012 2:45 PM

I would not be surprised if some of these priests have contributed to the homosexuality of the boy. Beside Mary is not the intercessor see above answer

By sientje | 19 March 2012 3:10 PM

They should ALL be in jail and their names posted for All to see. The church harbors sex offenders and criminals and should be held accountable. It did not stop in the 50's. It is still going on today and it MUST stop.
When will the law step in and arrest those sick people?

By BJ LIncoln | 19 March 2012 3:33 PM

Distrubing n disgusting, I am glad to see somethimg being done about these horrible acts made by so many of the Catholic Churchs Celergy

By Brooke Sullivan | 19 March 2012 3:57 PM

Sick, Just sick. How could people be this wrong.

By Justin J. | 19 March 2012 4:39 PM

Hey Dyan, praying obviously does nothing. All organized religions are evil. Just imagine how many children would not have been molested without church.

By blake | 19 March 2012 5:13 PM

We are all sinners? Maybe, but we are certainly not all guilty of raping children. There is no excuse nor should there be forgiveness for such heinous acts.

By Christian Radcliffe | 19 March 2012 5:18 PM

How the is castration justifiable?

By erock | 19 March 2012 5:26 PM

You justify this issue as "we are all sinners". Someone in authority could first acknowledge the "Truth", which, for Catholics is synonymous with "Jesus". And perhaps after acknowledging the truth could apologize by specifically communicating what the wrong doing was, the impact of the wrongdoing on all those who suffered, offering to correct the damage inflicted, indicate and set up protocols for how those in authority will behave in the future. THEN, perhaps we can take our proper places in the church as sinners.

By Andy from Canada | 19 March 2012 5:38 PM

"We are all sinners" is the typical catholic response and the kind of attitude that allows this disgusting behavior to continue. To most catholics, its "OK" if you do horrible, disgusting things, as long as you ask for forgiveness. So ridiculous.

By Wockina Mulabe | 19 March 2012 6:28 PM

The comment claiming that "we are all sinners" is insulting. This is another example of the evils of man and religion.

By BenWV | 19 March 2012 6:42 PM

No, I will not pray for their conversion. These terrible individuals have taught me that prayer, as a solution, will only result in more abuse and better concealment for abusers. I admit I am a sinner, but I would never violate a CHILD! Anyone who doesn't demand justice for these monsters is an enabler! Period!!!

By Randy Marsh | 19 March 2012 7:24 PM

Wow.. Can we all agree to keep children away from religious organizations now? And I thought the raping of children was bad..

By Mike | 19 March 2012 10:11 PM

One more case of the catholic church abusing people and sweeping it under the rug !

By Michael C in USA | 20 March 2012 12:07 AM

How about we just take all religion out of the world..

By Nope | 20 March 2012 2:11 AM

The nature of the cover up and the actions speak to sin against children being not just covered up but encouraged. Priest and government hand in hand to torture and abuse children. When will the Catholics stand up and say NO MORE.

By Patricia | 20 March 2012 3:51 AM

I'm not sure what I can comment that will add anything to the already well-written posts. However, I just wanted to offer my sympathy to those of you who have been abused yourselves. My heart goes out to you, keep up the good fight.

By Stupid | 20 March 2012 11:32 AM

I'm finding it rather disturbing that many religious people are finding an excuse to accept such behaviour. As if it was common practice to castrate young children in Chruch care after they've repeatedly rape them. Are you guys for real, if so don't come anywhere near me or mine.

By Pix | 20 March 2012 11:45 AM

The statutes of limitations already ran out on crimes committed that far ago.

Victims can, at most, claim compensation.

By Andre L. | 20 March 2012 12:22 PM

Another reason why Catholics are an easy target when it comes to hating their teachings & ways.

By DTrent | 20 March 2012 9:12 PM

This was not chemical castration, as inferred to in an earlier moment. It was a complete hack job as evidenced by a friend of the family, a respected sculptor. See this article:

By Windygirl | 20 March 2012 9:57 PM

Religion is the root of all evil....

By hermano | 20 March 2012 11:03 PM

'Catholic church might very well be the most evil organization on the planet.' They are also the richest and the idiots who still give these criminals money are the most ignorant on the planet. They don't pay any taxes on the money or the properties they have collected for years. Time to castrate some priests to give back these evil sinners the same punishment. I agree, religion is the root of all evil and it was created to control people's free thinking.

By JC | 21 March 2012 1:00 PM

In secular institutions there is no abuse, governments commit no genocide, politicians no crime, people everywhere is 100% correct ever...
What kind of mentality predominates today?
To put facts in perspective, historically, statistically, logically..., one must be first intellectually honest.
The priests and others who abuse or abused other people are criminals and deserve to be punished according to law.
Those who entered into Church to commit crimes are also traitors to the Church.
The Church, as human institution, never promised to be perfect, since it is composed by people, but despite all of this treason, it stills manages to be, I believe, in average, better than what we see in the world.

By Zirongo | 21 March 2012 9:05 PM

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