Problematic Ideas about Caring: A Mother's Bioethical Notes from Australia

Christian Bioethics 15 (2):199-208 (2009)
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Contemporary ideas about caring in welfare states can wreak havoc if applied to one's own life. In this essay, a mother offers a personal commentary on the debate regarding diakonia and caring. She identifies three concepts, popular in contemporary caring discourse, that threaten her ability to genuinely and effectively care for those around her, particularly her family. The first problematic concept is that the state ought to provide care on our behalf. The second is that people have rights to claim, but no one in particular bears the responsibility. The third is that the Church is responsive rather than normative in the social setting



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