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    Explorations: The place of Mary in the Church

    Fr Andrew Hamilton |  At the time of the Reformation Catholics and Protestants argued about the place of Mary in the Church. The Protestants argued that Catholics treated Mary as anotherGod,and that devotion to Mary was not found in Scripture. Mary continued to have a central place in Catholic devotion.
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Magazine Features

A living law

Lindy McNamara | 24 May 2017

As director of Adelaide Archdiocese’s Tribunal, Sue Rivett’s role is to adjudicate on marriage annulment applications. As a woman whose own marriage broke down, she’s able to bring empathy from her own experiences to the task.


Empowering women as 
mothers and leaders

Michael McVeigh | 24 May 2017

Can a mother really have a successful career and a happy family life? 
Prue Gilbert knows it’s possible if workplaces allow it. 
A mother of three herself, Prue is working with organisations across the country to support women in remaining in the workforce.


Becoming the best you can be

Emilie Ng | 24 May 2017

Brisbane Catholic Education Office Executive Director Pam Betts never set out to become a senior leader in Catholic education. She has always just worked to give her heart and soul to whatever role was given to her.


Mary Glowrey: 
A trailblazer on the road to sainthood

Anna Krohn | 24 May 2017

By anyone’s reckoning Mary Glowrey’s story is an extraordinary one. In this feature, we explore some of the ways that Mary was a pioneer in health and mission for the Church.


Marian devotions around the world

Clare Deignan | 24 May 2017

Our love for Mary reaches back through the centuries to the early Church. Our Catholic tradition is filled with devotions to Mary: the Miraculous Medal, Our Lady of the Rosary, Mary Helper of Christians, Our Lady of Lourdes, etc. We could go on. But Australian Catholics magazine thought we’d explore some lesser known Marian devotions that we don’t hear as much about.


Online exclusive: Creating safe environments for children

Nancy Bicchieri | 24 May 2017

Nancy Bicchieri from Catholic Education Melbourne looks at the Royal Commission’s research paper on grooming and provides some tips for Catholic communities on reducing the opportunity for grooming behaviours in schools.


Mother of the Disappeared

Richard Leonard SJ  | 24 May 2017

Devotion to Mary has been a source of debate in recent years as people lament that some Catholics have no devotion to the Mother of God at all, while others harbor concerns that some Mariology displaces Christ in whom redemption is claimed.

 


Can you be a feminist and be pro-life?

Kate Moriarty | 24 May 2017

I’m what you might call a feminist outsider. It sounds cool when I put it that way, like I’m some sort of rebel.


Online exclusive: What I learned from TV mothers

Young writers | 24 May 2017

Family life makes for good TV, although programs don’t always the best examples of how we should relate to each other. We asked some of our young writers to look at their favourite TV mothers, and some of the lessons they’ve learned from them. 


Heroic women in the Bible

Neve Mahoney and Meaghan O’Connor | 24 May 2017

Some might have the impression that the Bible mostly sidelines women. But these stories show that there were plenty of women in Biblical times with the courage to challenge the men around them and stand up for what is right.


More Stories

Helping girls build a more inclusive future

Caitlin Hardy | 24 May 2017

Nicole Christensen is the principal at Monte Sant’Angelo Mercy College in North Sydney. One of her students, Caitlin Hardy, interviews her about what it means to be a female leader in education.


A woman of words and action

Kate Mani | 24 May 2017

Through Sydney Story Factory, Catherine Keenan has set out to help disadvantaged children find their voice.


A place of welcome and peace

Catherine Marshall | 24 May 2017

The healing has begun for a group of refugee children in a school in Western Sydney.


A leading light

Michael McVeigh | 24 May 2017

If the Catholic Church is to address issues that led to the abuse crisis, it will need to keep listening to people like Kathleen McCormack. The member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors says education is vital in building global safer communities for children.


Exploring the question of women deacons

Clare Deignan | 24 May 2017

Is it time for the Catholic Church to welcome women deacons? Pope Francis says let’s talk about it.


Can you be a feminist and be pro-life?

Kate Moriarty | 24 May 2017

I’m what you might call a feminist outsider. It sounds cool when I put it that way, like I’m some sort of rebel.


The rhythms of family life

Clare Locke | 24 May 2017

Parenting is often about trying to create some kind of order in the midst of a charismatic chaos.


Online exclusive: Lessons on motherhood from Mary

Dinelle Hettiarachchi | 24 May 2017

There are many inspirational figures in our Catholic faith, but there’s one pretty amazing mother in particular that models motherhood perfectly: Mary, mother of Jesus. One of our young writers explores what we can learn about motherhood from Mary.  


Regular features

Unguarded moments: An immaculate conception of leadership

Ann Rennie | 24 May 2017

In a post-truth, fake-news world, we need the kind of leader who isn’t driven by ego, vitriol and divisiveness. 


Home truths: What a girl wants

Kate Moriarty | 24 May 2017

Empowerment isn’t always as easy as it sounds


A letter to Dorothy Day

Michael McGirr | 24 May 2017

Dear Dorothy Day, I can remember the day at the end of November in 1980 when you died. You were 83 years of age and living in New York; I was a callow youth of 18 helping homeless people in the inner parts of Melbourne and trying to find my way in the world. Actually, the homeless were the ones helping me but it took ages to realise that.


Editorial: Celebrating the gifts women bring to our schools, praises and other ministries.

Michael McVeigh | 24 May 2017

In this edition, we celebrate some of the extraordinary women that inspire and shape our faith. 


Recipe
: Creamy Mac’n’Cheese with Super Greens

 | 24 May 2017

There’s nothing better than tucking into a bowl of steaming hot, cheesy goodness in the form of Mac’n’cheese. The American snack was one of my favourite after-school treats and as a child I’d help Mum to stir the pasta in the pot before adding milk, cheese and more. I’ve added some of my favourite greens to the mix for the ultimate comfort food dish with a healthier twist.


Quiz: Female saints

 | 24 May 2017

A quiz to check your knowledge of female saints.


Explorations: The place of Mary in the Church

Fr Andrew Hamilton | 24 May 2017

At the time of the Reformation Catholics and Protestants argued about the place of Mary in the Church. The Protestants argued that Catholics treated Mary as another God, and that devotion to Mary was not found in Scripture. Mary continued to have a central place in Catholic devotion.


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