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You obviously have never watched an episode of COPS or have ever visited a battered woman's shelter. There are thousands of American women who put up with spousal abuse on a daily basis.
I guess it's for much the same reason why many people would much rather keep a dead relationship going than break the relationship off in the hope of starting a much better one with someone else, or even just enjoying life alone. Call it unhealthy attachment borne out of one's fear of the unknown. "Sure, he treats me like ****, but if I leave him, I may never find another man who will love me." Irrational? Absolutely! But this fear is very real to the person suffering it, and many--it's not just women--are paralyzed by this.
I am still pondering this 'case' - so far as we know it. It strikes me that the husband was guilty of adultery - the only allowable, technically, reason an ecclesiastical court would recognize for divorce. The wife obviously refused that recourse (if indeed the bishop would have allowed that). Does this have an hypothetical bearing here?
I'm probably showing my ignorance here, but I thought apostasy was also grounds for divorce? And in all Christian compassion, wouldn't fear of death at the hands of your spouse be acceptable by a church court as well?
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