Catholic Women: International Synod Survey

Catholic Women: International Synod Survey

From the Editor…

The following email arrived in my inbox this morning: 

“I just wanted to send you this link which I noticed in my local church bulletin. I think it’s really important for faithful traditional Catholic women to express their views, despite the difficulties of engaging with the absurdities of this Synod. It is full of the horrors of modernism; questions about “freedom of conscience” regarding sexuality and reproductive rights – i.e.. abortion, women being allowed to preach the homily during Mass, ordination of women, acceptance of LGBTQ people regardless of their willingness or otherwise towards repentance and rejection of a sinful lifestyle.”  Ends…

From the Catholic Women: International Synod Survey…

Are you now or have you ever self-identified as a Catholic woman? It is vital that feedback to the Synod includes the widest possible range of women’s voices from different cultures and contexts.

In collaboration with the University of Newcastle in Australia and the Catholic Women’s Council, Catholic Women Speak is conducting an online survey—available in six languages—to gather feedback from women around the world.

Click here to read the rest of the introduction, and to respond to the survey which takes about 5-10 minutes depending on the length of your responses. Deadline: 26 April.

Editor writes…

It seems clear to me that, having had this survey brought to our attention in the midst of the worst ever crisis to hit the Church, with the heresies of feminism and sexual “freedom” attacking us at every turn, we have a duty to respond.

We must, surely, be the prophetic voice of authentic Catholic Faith and Morals at this time and we are, via this survey, presented with a golden opportunity.  If you think differently, say so in the comments.  Otherwise, share your thoughts about the survey questions and your responses. If you are unsure about how to answer a specific question, come back here to ask, and someone try to help you, given that the survey questions are likely to be riddled with false assumptions that are, frankly, designed to mislead and elicit a particular response. You know, the typical “how often do you beat your wife?” sort of question. Be sure to read each question carefully, aware of the danger of false assumptions.

For example, “freedom of conscience” – according to Modernist thinking – means you can do what you like, as long as you feel you are doing the right thing – that, the Modernist says, is your conscience telling you right from wrong.  But, conscience is not a teacher – we cannot decide for ourselves what is right and wrong; God has already revealed that.  Nor does it operate from the emotions. Here’s a summary of Catholic teaching on conscience:

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the judgment of a properly formed conscience can never contradict the objective moral truth contained in Sacred Scripture or taught by the magisterium of the Church. The Catechism states: “A well-formed conscience is upright and truthful. It formulates its judgments according to reason, in conformity with the true good willed by the wisdom of the Creator” (No. 1783).

The binding force of conscience does not depend on a person’s decision to follow it or not. Rather, a properly formed conscience is binding because it accurately reflects the mind and will of God himself. Again, the Catechism states, “When he listens to his conscience, the prudent man can hear God speaking” (No. 1777).   What Is Conscience? | Simply Catholic

As already said, feel free to come back here if you are unsure about how to answer any question(s).  We’ll do our best to help.

Comments (14)

  • editor Reply

    I’ve just completed the survey, folks, and it certainly didn’t take long.

    The one part of it where people may come unstuck, is the section on whether you think the Church is in need of “reform”.

    The answer is, in my considered opinion, and I’m deferring to St Francis de Sales here, that the Church founded by Christ cannot be “reformed” – it is the perfect and spotless Bride of Christ.

    However, as we know, the ongoing crisis in the Church means that much requires to be restored so I answered strongly disagree to all questions about reform/radical reform of the Church and so on. I had expected a box asking me to elaborate but it didn’t come, so I didn’t get the chance to mention “restoration”. Subsequent questions make it very clear that by “reform” these people do, indeed, mean “changing the Church’s teaching” in every imaginable way.

    Scandalous survey, but well worth taking the few minutes required to complete – and if you’re a Catholic man who might self-identify as a Catholic woman for the duration of said survey, who am I to judge? 😀

    April 20, 2022 at 2:53 pm
    • Nicky Reply


      I agree – we need the old faith restored now the new one reformed a bit!

      April 20, 2022 at 7:34 pm
  • Faith of Our Fathers Reply

    ED I know your a voice crying in the Wilderness as far as this Survey goes and as you say the Debate of a Reformed Church is not up for DEBATE. Anyhow did Luther. Calvin and Knox .Henry 8th .and Anne Boleyn not fill out these Reformed Surveys Centuries ago, and of course we know where that led. I personally think that the Games A Bogey. Not allowing Cardinal Burke into The New Babylon really said it all . There is now without a Doubt Schism in Rome. Their are the probably 95% Bergoglions then there are those of us who want The Ten Commandments to stay as The Ten Commandments.

    As we are all Sinners we cannot follow our own Conscience that’s exactly How The World is in the Mess it’s in .
    PS. Like your little Dig at the End .

    April 20, 2022 at 4:17 pm
  • Josephine Reply

    Those questions were a joke. They are so predictable, these mods have no imagination!

    I bet most women won’t know anything about this survey so it would be dishonest to use it as representing Catholic women, but they probably will.

    April 20, 2022 at 4:27 pm
  • Lily Reply

    I agree – the questions are modernist to the fingertips The first questions about do you self-identify as a Catholic etc made me LOL TBH. Stupid.

    April 20, 2022 at 5:37 pm
  • Elizabeth Reply

    It’s all there isn’t it?
    Inclusivity, women priests, modernism, situation ethics, etc etc…no questions about the importance in our lives of prayer and the sacraments, of course not. As for reform? Well not the reform they are referring to obviously, but a reform that would return us to a clerical class free from corruption, devoted to the true faith handed down from the Apostles. That’s the kind of reform we need!

    April 20, 2022 at 6:23 pm
    • Michaela Reply


      “no questions about our lives of prayer and the sacraments” – how true. I didn’t even notice that, to be honest. I have such a low opinion of modernists, especially feminists, that I was only expecting the rubbishy questions that we had to answer, so I wasn’t looking for that sort of real, Catholic, content. That says it all, really.

      April 20, 2022 at 11:08 pm
  • Faith of Our Fathers Reply

    ED again sorry for going off Topic but the Awful Tablet has an Article about the Catholic Church use of Fossil Fuels. My God we’re on the Edge of Nuclear Destruction and anyhow am sure Bergoglios Pope Mobile is Electric. But and this is the Burning Question. Is it Driven by a Future Woman Priest. Or probably even a Future Woman Pope. Or is Mary Robinson past Her sell by Date.

    April 20, 2022 at 7:15 pm
    • Laura Reply

      Faith of our Fathers,

      Why would you read that rag? I remember you mostly wouldn’t even watch quite short videos which editor posted to get us talking but yet you keep telling us you read the Tablet, that horrendous rag which I wouldn’t use to wrap my fish supper in. No offence, but I can’t help feeling very surprised.

      April 20, 2022 at 7:32 pm
      • Nicky


        You’d be surprised how many priests won’t read Catholic Truth Scotland but they’ll pay a packet to read the Tablet every week. Weird.

        April 20, 2022 at 7:34 pm
  • Laura Reply

    I agree, it’s definitely all there, every heresy in the book. The questions were loaded towards “we need a new church run by women” – it’s laughable.

    April 20, 2022 at 7:30 pm
    • Michaela Reply


      It really is laughable – they are making the Church look so ridiculous.

      April 20, 2022 at 11:06 pm
  • RCAVictor Reply

    I agree that traditional Catholic women should respond to this in as many numbers as possible, but don’t forget what happened with the Youth Synod, when numerous tradition-minded youth responded according to their fidelity, only to have their responses “disappeared.” The same thing will happen here, because this is a fraud. It might even be more effective to try to launch a boycott of this excrement.

    As for the opening statement of the linked article (“Are you now or have you ever self-identified as a Catholic woman? It is vital that feedback to the Synod includes the widest possible range of women’s voices from different cultures and contexts.”), that distinctly reminds me of this question:

    “Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?”

    And why would these termites be looking for the “widest possible range” of women’s voices? Because they want to amplify those responses that fit their diseased agenda, while they are silencing those that don’t.

    I’d say this will prove to be the same old trick that was used at Vatican II, when Abp. Lefebvre’s group of prelates tried to get the condemnation of Communism back on the agenda, only to have their request “lost.” The bottom line is that the degeneration of the Catholic Church into another Protestant (or pagan) sect continues apace, courtesy of clerical Judases.

    April 20, 2022 at 10:30 pm
    • Michaela Reply

      RCA Victor,

      You are so right – the “dissenting” (from modernism) responses will be binned. There’s no question about that. I still think it’s worth doing them anyway because somebody will be reading them and it’s on their conscience then. Someday, they may regret what they’ve done and have to make up for that dishonesty in some way.

      As well as your story about Archbishop Lefebvre’s attempt to get Communism, condemnation of, back on the agenda, there was the story about Cardinal Ottaviani’s microphone being silenced during a debate on the Latin liturgy. It’s very obvious that the so-called tolerant people are not so tolerant at all, but quick to silence anyone who disagrees with them. I do wish this awful crisis would end. It’s terrible to have so much division everywhere within the Church.

      April 20, 2022 at 11:05 pm

Join the discussion...

%d bloggers like this: