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Boy Castrated in 1950s After Accusing Priests of Abuse

 There is a horrific Dutch story out this week. In the 1950s, a boy named Henk Heithuis came forward to allege abuse by priests. He was interviewed, put into a Catholic psychiatric facility, and then castrated to cure him of his homosexual tendencies.

The boy was sixteen years old and there are indications of 10 other such cases.

However, none of these cases were mentioned in a recent report on abuse by priests in the country. The so-called Deetman Committee set up by the Church says that they did not mention any of the cases because of “few leads for further research.”

The report is being criticized for this and other omissions.

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