Is Circumcions Mutilation?

I have been doing some reading, and have read about the churches opposition to sterilization, and also about removal of a healthy body part to prevent disease (ex: having a breast removed to prevent getting breast cancer). I understand that the church sees this as mutilation, and that it's sinful. I am wondering what the church says about circumcision. I have never heard that there is any opposition to it, but can you explain to me why this isn't considered mutilation? We are considering having our son circumcised, and I wanted to know the church's view on this. Thanks!

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Some argue that circumcision is mutilation. To me that argument is faulty, somewhat like saying having ones ears pierced is mutilation. By contrast, amputating an otherwise healthy breast would require a lot to justify - and destroying ones ability to procreate by tubal ligation or vasectomy seems to me the most extreme example of mutilation (short of commiting suicide).

Circumcision is in a special category because of the biblical teaching and great amount of theological reflection connected with the practice.

Prayers. And congratuations on your child.

God bless,

Fr. Bloom

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