New Catholic Group Discourages Unnecessary Circumcisions
by aubrey taylor

Jun 1, 2005


New Catholic Group Discourages Unnecessary Circumcisions

A group of concerned Catholics in the United States created the outreach
organization Catholics Against Circumcision earlier this year to educate
Catholics and others about Catholic teaching on circumcision. Their goal
is to enlighten parents, hospitals, and Church officials to the moral,
emotional, and physical harm of circumcising baby boys.

According to founder and director Petrina Fadel, "Many Catholics in the
U.S. are unaware that infant circumcision goes counter to the Catholic
Catechism teaching on "Respect for bodily integrity." The Catechism
teaches that non-therapeutic amputations performed on innocent persons go
against the moral law."

Various Popes, saints, and other prominent Catholics have spoken out against
circumcision throughout the centuries. Numerous passages in the New
Testament teach that circumcision is not required nor advised for
Christians. Infant circumcision causes severe pain and trauma, and results
in a life long loss of an integral part of the penis. Unfortunately, many
Catholic parents in the U.S. are unaware of this information.

"It is time for Catholic hospitals in the U.S. to comply with the
Catechism teaching on 'Respect for bodily integrity,'" says Fadel.
" Profits or cultural norms should never cloud the moral judgment of
Catholics and those in charge at Catholic hospitals. It is time to end
this practice and that of female circumcision in other countries, and for
all children, including boys, to be protected."

Fadel, who has been active in pro-life efforts for over thirty years, has
spent the past several years educating others about a surgery that is not
practiced by Catholics and other Christians in most of the rest of the
world. She has published articles emphasizing the immorality of
non-therapeutic circumcisions performed in U.S. Catholic hospitals in "The
American Journal of Bioethics" and "The Linacre Quarterly." In addition,
she has contacted hundreds of U.S. Catholic bishops and U.S. Catholic
hospitals, urging them to stop non-therapeutic circumcisions at Catholic
facilities in this country.

Circumcision is not recommended by any medical organization in the world.
Circumcisions are unnecessary for boys and girls. Genital cutting of girls
is outlawed in many countries, including the United States.

Catholics Against Circumcision
Petrina Fadel

Original article by Catholics Against Circumcision
An original copy of this article may be found at the above link

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