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Madonna with child and angels by Giovanni Battista Salvi da Sassoferrato, 1674. The cult of the Virgin is emblematic of the way the church silences women and marginalises their experience. Wikimedia Commons

How the cult of Virgin Mary turned a symbol of female authority into a tool of patriarchy

Belief in the eternal virginity of Mary has inflicted damage to women, who can never attain her sexless motherhood or unsullied 'purity'. Yet in the Gospels, Mary is strong-minded and courageous.
The Australian Christian Lobby galvanised Folau’s Christian supporters by setting up a fund-raising website that earned more than A$1 million in its first day. Jan Touzeau/AAP

Why Christians disagree over the Israel Folau saga

For many people of faith, the very identity of Christianity is at stake in the battle over religious freedom. But not all Christians see it that way.
Pope Francis with a group of nuns in Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican City, in 2018. History and the Bible provide good reasons why women should be in positions of authority in the Catholic Church. Ettore Ferrari/EPA/AAP

Women priests could help the Catholic Church restore its integrity. It’s time to embrace them

A recent Vatican commission report on women's ordination as deacons was inconclusive. But allowing women priests would help the Catholic Church achieve much-needed reform.
As the state has opened the doors for same sex couples to marry, the Anglican Church is making it even harder to come to the party. AAP/Shutterstock/The Conversation

How the Anglican Church has hardened its stance against same-sex marriage

In response to the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Australia, conservative clergy have hardened their stance against it, causing even more pain for same-sex Christian couples.

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