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

  title={Respect for Bodily Integrity: A Catholic Perspective on Circumcision in Catholic Hospitals},
  author={Petrina Fadel},
  journal={The American Journal of Bioethics},
  pages={23 - 25}
  • Petrina Fadel
  • Published 2003
  • Medicine
  • The American Journal of Bioethics
Slosar and O’Brien (2003) seek guidance on the ethics of elective infant circumcisions at Catholic hospitals from Michael Benatar and David Benatar, two non-Catholics, instead of from the Catholic Catechism teaching on “Respect for bodily integrity” and the New Testament. They would do well to read the writings of two Jesuit priests, Fr. Paquin, S.J. (1957), and Fr. Healey, S.J. (1956), who independently found that because routine circumcisions are not medically defensible, they are morally… Expand

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