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Catholic Schools Now Teaching God is ‘Gender-Neutral’

Multiple Catholic schools in Brisbane, Australia, have established new, so-called “progressive” policies. Among these new policies are those that claim God is “Gender-neutral” and that ban the words “Father” and “Son” from being used in prayers.

In complete disregard for what the Bible clearly says, All Hallows, Stuartholme, and Loreto College are now pushing feminist interpretations of the sacred writ. These schools claim that using the term “Godself” instead of “himself” is a more inclusive and appropriate expression of the scriptures.

A school spokesperson told The Courier-Mail, “As we believe God is neither male or female, Stuartholme tries to use gender-neutral terms in prayers … so that our community deepens their understanding of who God is for them, how God reveals Godself through creation, our relationships with others and the person of Jesus.”

Loreto College has also removed the term “Lord” from their recited prayers, claiming the word Lord is an overtly “male term.”

Students at All Hallows school now say “The creator, Jesus and the Holy Spirit,” instead of “The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,” while reciting the sign of the cross.

Director of the Catholic Office for the Participation of Women, Andrea Dean, told the outlet she was “thrilled” by the word changes.

Dean said, “It’s terrific that they’re sensitive to the implications of how God is named. God is not of any gender. In the times the scripture was written [Lord and Father] were terms of honour – most of the terms of honour were related to men.”

Brisbane’s popular Catholic Boy’s school, St Joseph’s College replaced the term “brothers” with “brothers and sisters” and instead of saying “brotherhood” the boy’s school uses an inclusive term, “international community.”

[Editor’s Note: Contributed by Reagan Hall]