Evangelist and businessman Pat Robertson caused a controversy a few weeks ago when he said, “I know it sounds cruel, but if he’s going to do something, he should divorce her and start all over again, but make sure she has custodial care and somebody looking after her.” Robertson said that in response to a question from a man whose friend wanted to see other women after doctors diagnosed the friend’s wife with Alzheimer’s disease. “Okay to divorce spouses with Alzheimer’s,” the headlines read in the aftermath of Robertson’s comments.
A panel of religious experts from Texas weighed in on Robertson’s comments, and their responses demonstrate the complexity of the issue. A Southern Methodist University professor considered Robertson’s comments a reflection of an incorrect view of marriage as an “arrangement of mutual convenience.” He said people should not view it as something that worked as long as one’s needs were all satisfied. The professor said that those with spouses with Alzheimer’s could turn to friends and family for the emotional and spiritual support they need rather than divorcing their wife.
Robertson’s comments have caused a lot of controversy and will be in the news for weeks to come. Have you had any experience dealing with relationships and loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s disease? What were some of the tough decision that you had to make and what options did you consider?
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