The "absolute equality of Mary to the apostles" is evident at the end of the Gospel of Mary itself. It's worth a read and one can only live in hope that a more complete copy of that text is discovered at some point in the future, as was the case when the cache of gnostic texts was unearthed at Nag Hammadi, complementing fragments of incomplete gospels.
As for your concluding comment:
It may interest you to know, that while I am Christian, and have a very internalized sense of what that means, that this kind of treatment, or non-treatment, speaks to why I rarely attend church.
perhaps without realising it you are the sort of Christian Jesus wanted his followers to be. The gospel of Thomas opens with these words, spoken by Jesus:
The Kingdom of God is within you and all about you, not in buildings or mansions of wood and stone. (When I am gone) Split a piece of wood and I am there, lift the/a stone and you will find me.
There is much Christians can learn about Christianity from those texts which were deemed 'heretical' in the dim and distant past.
EDITED TO ADD: If you aren't familiar with it, Elaine Pagels' book on the Gnostic Gospels is worth a read. This is an excerpt from it:
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