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
It's not that simple, sadWaste. Prepubescent boys' voices are naturally pure and pleasant, whereas little girls' voices tend to be squeaky and annoying (until they become women—and even then...). Boys, when they sing, produce a unique timbre that is unmatched by girls of the same age or by adult women. When a group of boys sing together (a "boychoir") they produce a pure, ethereal sound that can't be achieved any other way. That is why there are boychoirs (often mistakenly called boys' choirs or boy's choirs) all over the world. Yes, there are also "girlchoirs", but only for reasons of political correctness. You've probably heard boychoirs more often than you think, as they are used a lot in film music. Some older examples are the John Williams scores for "Close Encounters of the Third Kind", "Empire of the Sun" and "Hook".
That said, I'm certainly not trying to justify human castration (except in certain criminal cases). The Catholic Church, and any other organization that practiced castration of boys to preserve vocal range, should have instead searched a younger talent base for new boychoir singers. Boys should be allowed to grow up.
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.