The Catholic Church in the Netherlands castrated at least 10 boys in the 1950s to cure them of their homosexuality, or to punish them for accusing clergy members of sexual abuse. A report states that “surgical removal of testicles was regarded as a treatment for homosexuality and also as a punishment for those who accused clergy of sexual abuse.” No records were kept of which reason the boys were castrated. Dutch authorities, including the Dutch Parliament, are investigating.
A Google translation from the Dutch news siteÂ Omroep Brabant reads:
Rogge: “We once asked Henk [Heithuis]Â to his pants to drop when the women were gone. He did that. He was totally maimed. That was a huge shock for us of course.”Â Heit House has to Rogge told how he was beaten was in Veghel, “He was strapped to a bed. In one stroke, his scrotum cut out. Then he was taken to an infirmary put to rest. Then, whenÂ other boys did the same. That he could hear screaming.”
“At least 10 teenage boys or young men under the age of 21 were surgically castrated ‘to get rid of homosexuality’ while in the care of the Dutch Roman Catholic Church in the 1950s,” according to a report today in The Telegraph:
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.”
Mr Heithuis died in a car crash in 1958, two years after being castrated at the age of 20, while under the age of majority, which was then 21.
In 1956 he had accused Catholic clergy of sexually abusing him in his Church run care 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.
Last December, an official investigation by Wim Deetman, a former Dutch minister, received 1,800 reports of sexual abuse by clergy or volunteers within Dutch Catholic dioceses in the period since 1945.
The Deetman inquiry received a report of the Heithuis case from Mr Rogge but it was not followed up because “there were few leads for further research”.
Evidence emerged on Monday that government inspectors were aware that minors were being castrated while in Catholic-run psychiatric institutions.
Minutes of meetings held in the 1950s show that inspectors were present when castrations were discussed. The documents also reveal that the Catholic staff did not think parents needed to be involved.
The New York Times adds:
Mr. Dohmen, the investigative journalist who broke the news in the daily NRC Handelsblad, said … he uncovered another case of a homosexual man, who had not suffered abuse, who was also castrated. That victim has asked that his identity not be made public.
Mr. Dohmen said he did not know whether Mr. Heithuis was castrated as a punishment for whistle-blowing and could not provide further evidence of the other possible victims.
In an e-mailed comment, Mr. Rogge said he believed that the castration was a punishment.
Mr. Dohmen said that the man accused of abusing Mr. Heituis was investigated but not prosecuted. He was transferred to Nova Scotia, where he started a home for boys.
In January,Â Pope BenedictÂ called homosexuality and same-sex marriage a threat to â€œthe future of humanity itself.â€ Less than two weeks ago, the Pope addressed U.S. Bishops and demanded their commitment in fighting same-sex marriage in America.Â By comparison, today’s church may be kinder and gentler, but at its heart it remains a hypocritical bastion of hate, bigotry, and, as we now learn, not too long ago, a castrating monster.
Image:Â Henk Heithuis who was castrated as a minor.
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US State Dept. Ends Anti-LGBTQ Discriminatory Trump-Era Policy Targeting Same-Sex Families
The U.S. State Dept. under Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday ended a Trump-era policy targeted directly against LGBTQ families. The policy, supported by then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, mandated that children born outside the United States to parents who are U.S. citizens must be biologically related to both parents, or they would not be allowed to be granted U.S. citizenship.
The discriminatory policy ensnared only same-sex couples, and hewed to Pompeo and Trump’s anti-LGBTQ and anti-immigrant beliefs.
In a statement U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price said the “updated interpretation and application of the INA [Immigration and Nationality Act] takes into account the realities of modern families and advances in ART [assisted reproductive technology] from when the Act was enacted in 1952.”
In one case NCRM reported on in 2019, the Pompeo State Dept. actually allowed one of two biological twins to be granted U.S. citizenship but prohibited the other from the exact same rights.
The non-profit group Immigration Equality in a statement Tuesday said the Trump-era policy had affected “many married same-sex couples,” and noted that “the Immigration and Nationality Act has never required a biological relationship for married parents. As such, every federal court that heard the issue found that the State Department’s policy was inconsistent with the statute.”
FBI Investigating ‘Massive’ Alleged Campaign Finance Scheme to Help Fund Susan Collins’ Re-Election: Report
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating an alleged campaign finance scheme it characterized as “massive” involving a political action committee aligned with Senator Susan Collins, and direct donations to the Collins’ campaign. The Maine Republican won re-election in November despite polling that showed her Democratic challenger beating her.
“A recently unsealed search warrant application shows the FBI believes a Hawaii defense contractor illegally funneled $150,000 to a pro-Collins super PAC and reimbursed donations to Collins’ campaign. There’s no indication that Collins or her team were aware of any of it,” Axios reports.
The report shows that Senator Collins, who sits on the Defense subcommittee of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, helped the contractor secure an $8 million Navy contract, before most of the donations were given. That contractor is the Martin Defense Group, formerly known as Navatek.
A shell company was allegedly used. Federal contractors are prohibited from donating to super PACs.
“Former Navatek CEO Martin Kao was indicted last year for allegedly bilking the federal government of millions in coronavirus relief loans,” Axios reports.
The Collins Campaign “had absolutely no knowledge of anything alleged in the warrant,” a Collins spokesperson, Annie Clark, told Axios.
Maine voters elected Collins “to a fifth term by 9 points. No Maine senator has been popularly elected five times. It was a far cry from previous supermajority wins,” The Bangor Daily News reported at the time, “but resounding after every public poll showed [Democrat Sara]Gideon ahead. Democrats had pinned their hopes of flipping the Senate on Maine, leading to more than $200 million spent on the race.”
Here’s a copy of the search warrant:
NEW: The @FBI is investigating whether Martin Defense Group (a government contractor with a presence in Maine) & its executives illegally donated to @SenatorCollins‘s campaign & its supportive super PAC, 1820 PAC, per this search warrant application. https://t.co/DrNIYIru7u
— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) May 18, 2021
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The top Democrat on the powerful House Rules Committee is furious with Kevin McCarthy after the Republican Minority Leader on Tuesday pulled his support for a January 6 Commission Tuesday. McCarthy had initially supported one and even set demands on how it should be structured. Democrats honored McCarthy’s demands but he pulled the rug out from them anyway.
“What’s frustrating to me is that this does not seem to be a disagreement over substance or policy,” Chairman McCarthy added. “I do think this is an issue of character and fitness to lead.”
“I assume what happened is that Trump got wind of what we were doing and called up the minority leader and said ‘I don’t like it,’” McGovern said with “disgust,” TPM reports, calling it “pathetic.”
Fox News notes McGovern said he was ‘stunned” and called McCarthy’s statement “alarming.”
“If there’s anybody in this chamber who doesn’t believe it’s important to get to the truth about what happened on the sixth, or who wants to make believe that what happened on the sixth didn’t happen on the sixth, like a typical tourist day on the Capitol, they are not fit to serve in this chamber,” McGovern said.
Fox News report he was “raising his voice,” and added: “It is pathetic.”
McGovern wasn’t done. On Twitter he blasted McCarthy even more.
“We gave him what he asked for. But now? He’s going back on his word. He cares more about worshiping Trump & spreading The Big Lie than upholding his oath.”
Here’s a letter @GOPLeader Kevin McCarthy sent Democratic leadership stipulating his requests for a January 6th Commission.
We gave him what he asked for. But now? He’s going back on his word. He cares more about worshiping Trump & spreading The Big Lie than upholding his oath. https://t.co/0E9O5LdFA7
— Rep. Jim McGovern (@RepMcGovern) May 18, 2021
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