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Catholic schoolgirls are being taught that God is GENDER-NEUTRAL and are banned from using the words 'Lord', 'Father' and 'Son' in prayers

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 2/06/2019 Claudia Poposki For Daily Mail Australia

a woman sitting at a table: The Brisbane schools - such as Stuartholme, Loreto College at Coorparoo, All Hallow's and St Rita's College Clayfield - are all making moves to teach their students inclusive language when referring to God (stock image) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Brisbane schools - such as Stuartholme, Loreto College at Coorparoo, All Hallow's and St Rita's College Clayfield - are all making moves to teach their students inclusive language when referring to God (stock image) Catholic schoolgirls are being taught that God is gender-neutral and banned from using the words 'Lord', 'Father' and 'Son' in prayers. 

A number of elite Catholic schools in Brisbane are making moves to teach their students to use inclusive language when referring to God. 

Top schools including All Hallows, Stuartholme, Loreto College and Stuartholme School are leading a push towards a feminist interpretation of the Christian Bible.

Students at Stuartholme School in Brisbane's inner-city, which charges upwards of $40,000 a year, are taught to use the word 'Godself' instead of 'himself'. 

'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,' a spokeswoman told The Sunday Mail. 

Loreto College in Coorparoo has taken the word 'Lord' from their prayers as it is a 'male term'.

The school's principal Kim Wickham said prayers written for use within the college didn't assign God a gender.

Ms Wickham said the school had a commitment to inclusive language, but admitted there were instances where gendered language is appropriate. 

St Rita's College Clayfield tries to use gender-neutral terms but for traditional prayers still uses gendered language.

The assistant principal Richard Rogusz said context is important and helps decide what language is appropriate.

a large brick building with a tower in the background: Stuartholme School (pictured) uses gender-neutral language when referring to God © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Stuartholme School (pictured) uses gender-neutral language when referring to God

The Catholic Office for the Participation of Women director Andrea Dean told the publication that she was 'thrilled' and it was 'terrific' schools were moving towards inclusive language.   

a sign on the side of a building: Loreto College (pictured) in Coorparoo has taken the word 'Lord' from their prayers all together as it is a 'male term' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Loreto College (pictured) in Coorparoo has taken the word 'Lord' from their prayers all together as it is a 'male term' The Queensland Catholic Education Commission  does not provide guidelines for what language is appropriate but the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference did suggest schools use gender-neutral terms where appropriate.

Brisbane's top Catholic boys' school St Joseph's College has replaced the term 'brothers' with 'sisters and brothers' and 'brotherhood' with 'international community'. 

'This has been an area of growth for us in recent times,' a spokesman told Sunday Times.

'We have made changes to a number of prayers to be more gender-inclusive.'

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