Did the Great Castration of Pius IX really happen?

There is a story that Pope Pius IX thought the male sculptures in the Vatican were inflammatory to the religious, and went around chopping off...undesirable...parts and ordered them scratched out in paintings. To cover up the damage, his successor put fig leaves on the statues and paintings. Is this true? Or is it... show more There is a story that Pope Pius IX thought the male sculptures in the Vatican were inflammatory to the religious, and went around chopping off...undesirable...parts and ordered them scratched out in paintings. To cover up the damage, his successor put fig leaves on the statues and paintings. Is this true? Or is it an urban legend?
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