to keep their voices hi and out of sickness, I am catholic but that was seriously wrong
In short they were evil and cruel. Many of the young boys died horrible deaths. Would the Vatican care, NO.
I wasn't under the impression that was a Catholic thing. Its is weird that they did it just so they could sing high....you have to wonder about people who never thought to just let so females sing the high part.
I knew people did it...just not that it was part or Catholicism
I'm going to say it was meant to keep the testosterone level low so their voices would not deepen (even though getting female singers would have been a better and more humane substitute, but hey...... what can you do?)
To keep their voices from "changing". They were music slaves. Don't remember what country that was...Irish History.