Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Add This To The List Of Catholic Church Atrocities

Oh it is a very, very long list. Let's see, there's the whole thing about condoms and AIDS in Africa, that was pretty bad. There was the baby stealing scandal in Spain, that was quite horrific too. There's the unbelievable amount of sexual abuse of children, followed by the massive cover-up, with guys like this asshole thinking that there is nothing wrong with protecting pedophiles, and now there's this article. I thought that forcing children to shut up about what happened to them and never seeing the predator brought to justice was bad enough, but it turns out that, in Holland, the Catholic Church came up with a whole new way to punish their victims.

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

Two clergymen were convicted of abuse but Mr Heithuis, a victim, was nonetheless transferred by police to a Catholic psychiatric hospital before being admitted to the St. Joseph Hospital in Veghel later that year. 

There, court papers confirm, he was castrated "at his own request", despite no submission of his written consent. Sources told Mr Dohmen that the surgical removal of testicles was regarded as a treatment for homosexuality and also as a punishment for those who accused clergy of sexual abuse. 

Cornelius Rogge, 79, a well-known Dutch sculptor whose family knew Mr Heithuis in the 1950s, reported the castration to an official inquiry into abuse within the Catholic Church. But his evidence was ignored. 

"We once asked Henk to drop his pants when the women were gone. He did that. He was maimed totally. It was a huge shock," he said.

So in the 50s, if you dared report a predator, you were maimed for life. 
When are people going to stop defending this institution, realizing that the terrible things they have done around the world far, far outweigh the good?

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