There were plenty of women married to husbands of gentler temper whose faces were badly disfigured by traces of blows, who while gossiping together would complain about their husbands’ behavior; but she checked their talk, reminding them in what seemed to be a joking vein but with serious import that from the time they had heard their marriage contracts read out they had been in duty bound to consider these as legal documents which made slaves of them. In consequence they ought to keep their subservient status in mind and not defy their masters.
Physically injured domestic violence victims speaking of their maltreatment are told not to defy their abusers because their marriage contracts made these victims slaves.
Does this imply that domestic violence victims should be silent about their maltreatment? Is domestic violence the fault of the victim for not obeying their master husband and not the fault of their abuser? Didn’t the Catholic Church raise the dignity of women?