Catholic Theology of Marriage in the Era of HIV and AIDS: by Emily Reimer-Barry

By Emily Reimer-Barry

Marriage for Life starts off by way of hearing the lived stories of Catholic, married, HIV-positive ladies, so as to larger comprehend their struggles. The 8 girls interviewed in Chicago, Illinois, united states, shared their tales of marriage, of kinfolk existence, of church involvement, and of residing with HIV. Their candid reflections provide a clean and down to earth viewpoint at the demanding situations of dwelling with HIV in a US context. After hearing and studying from those women’s reviews, Reimer-Barry constructs a theology of Christian marriage that's life-giving in an international with AIDS. whereas Catholic teachings have constructed and now verify the equivalent dignity of ladies and males, troubling legacies of women’s subordination stay embedded in liturgical practices and theological texts. Arguing that self-care is an vital part of a fit marriage, Reimer-Barry constructs a life-affirming theology of marriage that's delicate to the struggles of her collaborators. She argues that marriage for life needs to advertise the complete flourishing of either companions, recognize better halves as equivalent companions with their husbands, and provide a coherent and empowering sexual ethic. development at the knowledge of her collaborators’ lived reviews, Reimer-Barry examines the necessity for a extra sufficient Catholic reaction to HIV and AIDS, arguing that church groups may still advertise finished sexual schooling, verify either abstinence and condom use for HIV prevention, and actively paintings to minimize stigmatizing behaviors inside church groups. She additionally unpacks the consequences of marriage for life for Catholic liturgical perform, marriage guidance courses, sexual education schemes, and relatives ministries. Modeling her process on what Pope Francis calls the “art of accompaniment,” Reimer-Barry argues that Catholic theology of marriage needs to be renewed and up to date in order that all can evidently remember the fact that marriage is for life.

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