Did you know?
Catholics have NO religious requirement for circumcision,  NO medical association in the world recommends it, and most Catholics worldwide do NOT circumcise their children.


The Morality of Circumcision
from "The Question Box"  by Father John J. Dietzen, M.A., S.T.L.

Implicit Catholic Teaching against Non-Therapeutic Child Circumcision
by David Lang, PhD.

Biblical Circumcision vs. Modern Circumcision: Escalation of a Ritual

To Circumcise or Not to Circumcise?
from "Health Progress" by Father Peter A. Clark, SJ, PhD.

The Ethics of Mutilation: Problems Connected with Surgery
from Medical Ethics by Father Edwin F. Healy, S.J.

An Open Letter to the Physicians of the Catholic Medical Association
from "The Linacre Quarterly" by Petrina Fadel

Respect for Bodily Integrity:
A Catholic Perspective on Circumcision in Catholic Hospitals

from "The American Journal of Bioethics" by Petrina Fadel

"The Love of Husband and Wife" and
"How Male Circumcision May be Affecting Your Love Life"
by Christiane Northrup MD

Human Foreskins Sold for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research,
Cloning, and the Creation of Chimeras

The Use of Male Circumcision to Prevent HIV Infection

Catholic Hospital Sued for Performing Non-therapeutic Circumcision
William Stowell Reaches Settlement with Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip, New York

Circumcision
by Marian Tompson, Catholic founder of La Leche League

La Leche League: At the Crossroads of Medicine, Feminism, and Religion
by Jule DeJager Ward (book review)

One Baby's Experience- A Pictorial

"Complications of Circumcision"
by Rosemary Romberg


"What the Bible Really Says about Routine Infant Circumcision"
by Laura Jezek

Epistle of the Galatians
New Catholic Dictionary

Jesus and the Pharisees
The New American Bible

The Council of Jerusalem
by Fr. Jacques Monet, S.J.

Spirit in the Church
by Fr. John R. Donahue, S.J

Circumcision Resources for Parents

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What Happens During a Circumcision?
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Circumcision Decision-maker Tool
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What do the Scriptures Say about Circumcision?

Jesus never advocated circumcision.

St. Peter dismissed circumcision as unnecessary and disadvantageous in Acts 15:10, "And now are you going to correct God by burdening the Gentiles with a yoke that neither we nor our fathers were able to bear?"

St. Paul often condemned circumcising the flesh, as seen in the following passages:

Galatians 5:2-6: “Pay close attention to me, Paul, when I tell you that if you have yourselves circumcised, Christ will be of no use to you. I point out once more to all who receive circumcision that they are bound to the law in its entirety. Any of you who seek your justification in the law have severed yourselves from Christ and fallen from God’s favor! It is in the spirit that we eagerly await the justification we hope for, and only faith can yield it. In Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor the lack of it counts for anything; only faith, which expresses itself through love.”

Philippians 3:2-3: “Beware of unbelieving dogs. Watch out for workers of evil. Be on guard against those who mutilate. It is we who are the circumcision, who worship in the spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus rather than putting our trust in the flesh.”

1 Corinthians 7:18-19: “Was someone called after he had been circumcised? He should not hide his circumcision. Did the call come to another who had never been circumcised? He is not to be circumcised. Circumcision counts for nothing, and its lack makes no difference either. What matters is keeping God’s commandments.”

See additional New Testament passages listed above under Scriptures.


1 Corinthians 12: 18: “As it is, God has set each member of the body in the place he wanted it to be.”

Or, as one person put it, "If God had intended men to have foreskins, they would have been born that way."

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