Articles by: Patty Fawkner

Plenary Council reveals a diversity that is both enriching and challenging

When the Catholic Church in Australia gathered online for the first General Assembly of the...

Posted on: October 19, 2021

Sexual and gender minorities are among those most excluded in our Church

One thing for certain we can say about Jesus, and therefore about God, is that...

Posted on: September 15, 2021

We become the stories we tell ourselves

I cannot control what others think about me or their expectations of me, but I...

Posted on: August 18, 2021

When a picture paints a thousand words that reveal the truth

In the quest for truth and justice, the media holds up a mirror that reveals...

Posted on: July 20, 2021

Advocating for a consistent ethic of life is not limited to abortion

I am proud to name myself as a feminist. Yet, I part ways with the...

Posted on: June 15, 2021

Respect@Work shines a light on male-dominated workplace cultures

This report on women’s safety in the workplace has implications for the Catholic Church in...

Posted on: May 18, 2021

Let the Risen One easter in us

The resurrection wasn’t a once-off event, simply about Jesus. It was and continues to be...

Posted on: April 20, 2021

While we can ‘celebrate small victories’ our church deserves so much more

When women question the status quo with openness, frankness and boldness, they are ignored or...

Posted on: March 16, 2021

In an age of cancel culture can I find room in my heart for empathy?

Beyond outrage, indignation and justified critique, in an age of cancel culture can I find...

Posted on: February 16, 2021

‘We’re all in this together’ is what every Christmas celebrates

The global COVID-19 pandemic has proved the inter-relatedness and interconnectedness of all of creation. The...

Posted on: December 15, 2020

We are called to be ‘Neighbours without Borders’

In his encyclical Fratelli Tutti Francis says that being a neighbour without borders is how...

Posted on: November 18, 2020

Good intentions are not good enough

The absence of women in the language of the Church matters enormously. Invisibility in words...

Posted on: October 20, 2020