Catholic Church Condemns Ombudsman

Society,  14 Feb 2012  / By STA

The Justice and Peace Commission of the Slovenian Bishops' Conference expressed its support for the Islamic and Jewish communities in Slovenia, which have expressed outrage over the Human Rights Ombudsman's opinion that circumcision for non-medical reasons is a violation of children's rights.

The commission stressed today that the Ombudsman's statement, which had already been rejected by the Jewish and Muslim communities last week, was in violation of both Slovenian legislation and human rights, considering it a public call for disrespecting identities of at least two Slovenian religious communities.

The president of the commission, Maribor Archbishop Marjan Turnšek, moreover said in the press release that this was not in line with the Constitution and the religious freedoms act, as well as "a violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms".

Turnšek claimed that the Ombudsman did not prove that circumcision would harm the children's health, and that it was not justified that religious circumcision had elements of a criminal act.

The opinion "limits religious freedom and the right to religious education of children" of Muslim and Jewish parents, according to him.

Turnšek added that the Ombudsman acted in violation of the religious freedoms act because it did not consult religious communities and churches before releasing its opinion.

The commission also said that circumcision for religious reasons was not forbidden in virtually any developed and secular country.

It called on all relevant state bodies to reject the biased opinion, which had been published by the Ombudsman at the beginning of the month.

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Petrina, 26.01.2013 ob 14:10

The Justice and Peace Commission of the Slovenian Bishops' Conference should not be supporting the genital mutilation of male children. St. Paul said this in 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.”

At the time St. Paul spoke this, ritual circumcision consisted of removal of only the foreskin that extended beyond the glans, not the entire foreskin as is done today by some for religious reasons.

In fact, The Church spoke out forcefully against circumcision at the Council of Florence (1438-1445). Pope Eugene IV (1442) issued a Papal Bull which states in part, "Therefore it strictly orders all who glory in the name of Christian, not to practise circumcision either before or after baptism, since whether or not they place their hope in it, it cannot possibly be observed without loss of eternal salvation."

Non-therapeutic amputations go against the moral law, according to Catholic Catechism No. 2297. The Slovenian Catholic Bishops should become familiar with Catholic teaching and not advocate for a practice that violates the moral law. Instead, the Bishops should take to heart the words expressed under "Respect for bodily integrity", as No. 2297 is titled.

Marilyn Milos, RN, 18.02.2012 ob 20:29

This is not an issue of competetive suffering between males and females. It is the infliction of an injury not the degree of the injury that calls for the human rights intervention. Cutting off a part of the normal body without medical indication or the consent of the child is what constitutes the human rights violation.

Omar, 18.02.2012 ob 12:19

Circumcision of males is different from the one carried out on female infants. the one carried out on females is wrong and very harmful both physically and psychologically, on the other hand, circumcision for boys is very controversial and no scientific facts back neither side.
I myself was circumcised as an infant, have to say from a personal experience that i cannot determine if it benefited me or hurt me, i read a lot about it and i am still indecisive about its effect.
But when it comes to my children, they will not be circumcised, i will leave that to them to choose.
I think that this hostile approach to this problem will not help fight it, blowing it out of proportion will not help minimize it neither. calling it an abuse and against human rights and barbaric and make it sound like they cut the whole genitals will not help. Reason about it, and educate people about its "neutrality" until a scientific evidence is established and it will gradually disappear.

Joseph4GI, 18.02.2012 ob 03:43

Remember when the Pope denounced condoms? Well, this is one more of those moments... Way to go, Catholic Church, making yourself look like an idiot once again.

Hugh7, 17.02.2012 ob 22:41

It was a knee-jerk move by the Justice and Peace Commission in support of two neighbour religions, rather than in support of justice or peace. Having a (normal, healthy, integral, functional, non-renewable) part of one's genitals cut off before one can resist is not just.

The Catholic Catechism (Item 2297: Respect for bodily integrity) says
“… Except when performed for strictly therapeutic medical reasons, directly intended amputations, mutilations, and sterilizations performed on innocent persons are against the moral law.”

Pope Benedict XIV (1740-58) decreed that
“…the amputation of any part of the human body is never legal, except when the entire body cannot be saved from destruction by any other method.”

Pope Pius XII said
“From a moral point of view, circumcision is permissible if, in accordance with therapeutic principles, it prevents a disease that cannot be countered in any other way ”

Jonathon Conte, 17.02.2012 ob 19:37

Shame on the Justice and Peace Commission for condoning the genital mutilation of children! Forcibly holding down a child in order to slice off healthy, normal body parts is the antithesis to justice and peace. Infant and child circumcision violate a child's rights to bodily integrity, religious freedom, and sexual freedom. Male circumcision permanently damages and disfigures the penis. It ablates the most sensitive parts of the penis and destroys its gliding function. All individuals, regardless of gender, have a human right to genital integrity.

James Loewen, 17.02.2012 ob 19:02

Thank you to the Ombudsman for taking a stand against sexual oppression and child abuse. Cutting the genitals of children is physically and emotionally harmful and and sexually repressive act. Carving religion into a child's flesh is a barbaric Bronze Age ritual that has no place in a free and democratic society.

Every human child has a most basic human right to the body they were born with.

Marilyn Milos, RN, 17.02.2012 ob 17:11

Congratulations to the Ombudsman who had the courage to stand up for the rights of the child. Freedom of religion ends where someone else's body begins. When a child is marked as a Muslim or Jew, his religious freedom has been denied. The harm of circumcision has been well documented. Human rights documents are in place that protect minor infants and children from non-therapeutic amputation of normal parts of their bodies to which they have not consented. Our job as parents is to love, respect, and protect our infants and children until they are old enough to protect themselves and make personal choices about their own bodies for themselves.

Rome, 14.02.2012 ob 11:39

It was a retarded move by the Ombudsman. No doubt.

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