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 known for making 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 high soprano voices). The student further indicted the Church for condoning of these actions of mutilating the body. My wife asked if the student could produce any proof, but 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 Church’s teaching on the the 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 such practices?