The "Participation of Women in the Church" project appears to have been instigated by a feminist lobby, wishing to establish its own agenda in the Catholic Church.
While the results of the Catholic Church Life Survey revealed 75 percent of Catholic women accepted the status quo, the report Woman and Man: One in Christ Jesus contained predominantly feminist views for presentation to the Australian hierarchy for implementation.
Having, in good faith, attended the inaugural meeting in Canberra of Participation of Women in the Church on 13 May 1997, I encountered a prevalent derision of Catholicity, extending to mockery and blasphemy. Church authority was attacked with vehemence and the Papal Nuncio declared outside the Church of Australia.
When two audience members objected to this, they were officially requested to leave. When they refused to do so, uproar ensued, leading to a temporary suspension of the meeting. In short this meeting was a farce and reports from some other venues indicated a similar state of affairs.
This is a serious situation made more difficult by the fact that the cult of feminism is being promoted by a few of the women who have been most respected in the Church community - religious sisters.
The recently formed Magdalene Foundation promotes Catholic teachings and shows consideration for the majority of women who love Christ and his Church.