Recently my wife, who is finishing up a degree in fine arts at a local college, confronted a fellow student on an accusation she made in class. This student is well know to make off the wall remarks and accusations about the Catholic Church in class without any proof or resources to support them.
Her resent accusation is about choirboys of the middle ages, who were castrated in order to retain their positions in the church choir (obviously to keep their high soprano voices). The student further indicts the church with their full knowledge and condoning of these actions of mutilating the body. My wife asked if the student could produce any proof, however the professor also gave her support to the student and her accusation.
My wife and I are not aware of such practices of the middle ages (we doubt it) however we are sure the Catholic Church itself would not allow such practices to be permitted in light of the churches teachings (theology of the body).
Can you supply any resources to help support the contention that this practice didn’t take place and/or if the did the church didn’t condone them?
Tim & Selena
Chino Hills, CA