Catholics Against Circumcision respects the bodily integrity rights of male and female children. Children have a right to be free from unnecessary amputations that cause pain, trauma, scarring, and loss to their perfect bodies. New Testament Scriptures teach us that the Old Testament Law that required circumcision was rescinded after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Circumcision is not required under the New Law. As Christians, we are instructed to follow the Law of Love, which teaches us to love God and to love our neighbor as ourselves.
The goals of Catholics Against Circumcision are to:
- Educate Catholics and others about Catholic teaching on circumcision and the current medical view.
- Encourage the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to require Catholic hospitals to stop performing non-therapeutic circumcisions.
- Encourage Catholic hospitals to stop allowing and Catholic physicians to stop performing non-therapeutic circumcisions, in keeping with the Catholic Catechism teaching on “Respect for bodily integrity” and the provisions of the “Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services.”
- Support the rights of all health care workers to refuse to participate in non-therapeutic circumcisions on conscientious grounds, without penalty.
- Seek an apology from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, on behalf of the Church, to all males who were subjected to non-therapeutic circumcisions at Catholic hospitals, and performed without their consent.
- Encourage Catholic hospitals to provide positive assistance to circumcised males who wish to undergo foreskin restoration by surgical or non-surgical means.