Is circumcision for cultural reasons mutilation?

CCC states 2297…… Except when performed for strictly therapeutic medical reasons, directly intended amputations, mutilations, and sterilizations performed on innocent persons are against the moral law.

Michelle Arnold wrote: If done for non-religious reasons (i.e., health, cultural), the Church has no position on the matter. It falls within the prudential judgment of the individual parents. However, the ancient teaching of the Church, from the time of the apostle Paul, is that circumcision should not be done by Christians for religious reasons because it has been superceded by baptism.

Can you please clarify how removing of the foreskin for “cultural” reasons not considered a mutilation? Thank you.

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