Wisely, The Catholic Church did not allow the common people to read the Bible all that time.. The Church laws forbidding the private reading of the Bible are still in the books but they are no longer enforced! Obviously they recognize the crap in the Bible and that is why so many Bibles were burn all the time!!!
People used to castrate themselves just to follow the Bible scrip to Heaven...
Was Jesus joking or male castration is a sure way to Heaven?
Jesus was teaching that male castration is a sure way to enter Heaven without a hustle and that some of his followers do it!
Matthew 19:12 (KJV) For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.
All that you would need to do at the Pearly Gate of Heaven is to drop your pants before Saint Pete and he will swing the gate of Heaven wide open for you before your pants hit the ground. It seems like there is going to be a lot of sopranos in Heaven. How many Christians really take Jesus' advice seriously?
Although the musical ability of eunuchs had long been recognized in other cultures, and had no doubt been part of the Catholic music scene itself for quite some time, the Catholic Church did not officially acknowledge these boy “castrati” until 1599 when Pope Clement VIII became smitten with the sweetness and flexibility of their voices. Women were banned from singing in the Church, therefore it was the high vocal range of the castrati that gave devotional music its appealing angelic quality.
While some Church officials suggested it would be preferable to lift the ban on women singers than to continue endorsing the castration of little boys, the Pope disagreed, quoting Saint Paul, "Let women be silent in the assemblies, for it is not permitted to them to speak." Of course since it was illegal to perform castrations (transgressors could be excommunicated), all castrati presenting themselves for the choir claimed to have lost their genitals through tragic “accident”.
After the Pope’s official acknowledgement and acceptance of castrati, the number of these "accidents" increased dramatically. Parents seeking upward mobility towed their little lads down to a barber or butcher who separated them from their testicles for a fee. However, mere ball lopping did not a singer make. One still had to have a remarkable voice to qualify for the choir (and later, the operas). As a result, many boys found themselves needlessly lightened of their rightful loads. Still, few were left completely out in the cold. Since celibacy and pre-pubescent castration went hand in hand, many of these lads eventually found other places within the Church. As a result, all the churches in Italy soon had castrati staff.