By Herbert Anderson professor emeritus of Pastoral Theology Catholic Theological Union Chicago, Edward Foley, Bonnie Miller-McLemore, Robert Schreiter, Joel Anderson, Homer Ashby, Dianne Bergant, Don Browning, Pamela Couture, Anthony Gittins, Thomas Groome
Earlier ideas of hierarchy, inequality, and accountability that outlined the relationships among husband, spouse, and kids were challenged and sometimes changed via extra fluid bonds of equality, intimacy, emotional self-disclosure, conversation, and mutual belief. the most important query that has emerged for our occasions, then, is how precisely do households maintain actual mutuality, democracy, and powerful relationships? understanding strong solutions to this question is the key topic of this ebook and the foundation of the name Mutuality concerns.
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In emphasizing the importance of a cultural change in the dominant view of marriage, I do not wish to deny that many people already work hard to make their marriages not only emotionally strong and stable, but also just. Perhaps they do so out of a generally good sense of justice that overrules the predominant view of marriage, perhaps they have already changed their view of marriage to incorporate a concern with justice. I am not arguing that no one thinks marriage includes a commitment to justice.
The full explanation also needs to take into account the fact that women are socialized more than men to want to engage in the nurture and care of children and to be competent to do so. 15. Sociological evidence shows that the more women are dependent within marriage, the less they can afford to perceive an unequal division of labor as unfair. Sanchez and Kane (op. ) show that “men‘s power may, to some extent, encourage women to accept men‘s preferences and to view the gendered division of labor as fair” (363),and that conversely, “[tlhe more women feel that they would be better off without their current union the more likely they are to perceive the division of labor as unfair to themselves” (379).
This leads to a further point, namely, Hardwig’s claim that in trying to be just toward my spouse I have to disregard the unique particularity of his or her person. The situation is quite the opposite. Unless one defends a notion of justice as a mathematically even distribution of goods regardless of the needs and desires of the individuals in question, the very specific personality traits, desires, needs, and values of both spouses are crucial in their attempt to find out what is just. Suppose the company my spouse works for requires him to relocate to a big city or quit, and I only thrive in vast, uninhabited spaces.
Mutuality Matters: Family, Faith, and Just Love by Herbert Anderson professor emeritus of Pastoral Theology Catholic Theological Union Chicago, Edward Foley, Bonnie Miller-McLemore, Robert Schreiter, Joel Anderson, Homer Ashby, Dianne Bergant, Don Browning, Pamela Couture, Anthony Gittins, Thomas Groome