Assume we have a two parent/two Catholic family with children. There is a disagreement between the parents over some aspect relating to the household. I hesitate to provide any specific because my question relates to the relationship generally. Examples might be:
Do the children go to a Catholic or public school?
In which parish are the children baptized?
The extent and frequency of home Bible studies.
But, then again, examples might be secular in nature:
Do we take a new job in a different state?
Do we build a new house or stay put?
With whose family do we spend the holidays?
You get the idea. My question relates to the application of Ephesians 5:
Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
I have read and re-read the Catechism of the Catholic Church, but (to my great surprise) I can find nothing specific as to the roles of husband and wife. Rather, I only see discussions on “parents” generically, without differentiation between them.
Of course we should pray, and of course we should seek guidence from our spiritual leaders. But at what point does Ephesians 5 turn from words on paper to action? What obligations does a husband have in this passage (I know what verses 25 ff. say)? Will he have to answer to God if he fails to be the head? What does it mean to be “the head”? What does “in everything” mean?