Moral theology about Eunuchs


Hi, I am wondering about what is the Church’s position on castration if it’s the only way to regulate hormones and prevent/treat cancer?


The Catechism of the Catholic Church offers some insight in paragraph 2297, partially quoted here: Except when performed for strictly therapeutic medical reasons, directly intended amputations, mutilations, and sterilizations performed on innocent persons are against the moral law.

Thus treatment for cancer would allow removal, just as you can remove a limb to prevent death if the limb has gangrene that can’t be fixed.

Note: the reason for removal must be responsibly weighed against the harm. You can’t cut them off because they itch now and then. :wink:


Father John Hardon’s Modern Catholic Dictionary:

CASTRATION. Surgical removal of the testicles. If the testes are seriously diseased, their removal is morally permissible according to the principle of the double effect.


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