Thank you to all who submitted responses to our international survey of Catholic women. The survey was available in eight languages (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, English, German, Polish, French and Mandarin) and we had more than 19,500 responses from 104 countries. The survey is now closed and the data is being analysed for submission to the Vatican and as a resource for further research, information and awareness-raising. All findings and submissions will be made public as and when they are available.
Please visit this page to learn more about how you can become involved in our preparations for the 2023 Synod.
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Towards a deeper, richer understanding of the Catholic tradition
We are creating a space for open dialogue, theological exploration and collaboration among Catholic women in the worldwide Church.
We seek to bring the voices of Roman Catholic women into dialogue with others in the Catholic Church, with those in other churches and religious traditions, and with wider society, in order to participate in a deeper, richer understanding of the Catholic tradition and its relevance for our times
We do not speak with one voice
We believe in the creativity of struggle and acceptance that comes from learning to respect our differences. We regard these as vital aspects of the process of discovery and transformation that brings us together in our faith.
We do not speak with one voice
We do not speak with one voice, nor do we deny our differences and disagreements. Our logo – resembling a monstrance, indicates the diversity of our group.
We share our grounding in the Catholic faith, but we represent the different hues of a living tradition – made up from a mixture of different cultures, backgrounds and experiences.
We believe that our diversity is a strength to be celebrated and not a problem to be overcome.
Why is there no red in the rainbow colours of our logo? Red represents the absent voices of women who have left the Church. Their absence is marked by a colour that signifies their experiences of wounding, anger and loss.
We resist any attempt to develop a theology of “Woman”.
We resist any attempt to develop a theology of “Woman”
Rather we say that, unless women are fully included in the Church’s theological anthropology, our understanding of what it means to be human will be diminished and distorted by the absence of half the human race.
It is not possible to reflect meaningfully on what it means to be male and female, made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27), unless women are full participants in the process of theological reflection and doctrinal development.
Article from Phyllis Zagano, originally published in the National Catholic Reporter. Phyllis is also a Papal Commissioner. 23rd September 2019 The Vatican released the participants' list for the upcoming Synod for the Pan-Amazon Region
Join a vibrant network of Catholic women who all support each other on their personal and spiritual journeys.
Join our online community
We welcome Catholic women to join our Facebook group to dialogue with us, and to support other Catholic women around the world working for a more inclusive Church.
Take part in our closed Facebook group
This private Facebook group is open to bona fide members who self-identify as Catholic women. It offers a secure and confidential forum for dialogue, awareness raising and theological engagement around issues of concern to women in the Church and society. If you wish to join in the conversation please contact us
Join a local group
Catholic Women Speak is a worldwide movement. Find out if there is a group in your area that you can join and support.
How to join a group
Even though we take full advantage of online communication, we know that this does not replace the value of meeting face to face in groups to support each other. Find out if there is a group near you for you to join.
Join our conversation
Whatever your gender, you are welcome to join our conversation here.
Join our forum
The purpose of the website is to create an informed and honest space for dialogue around issues relevant to the lives of Catholic women in the Church and society. Comments and contributions which are respectful, courteous and intelligent are welcome here.
Catholic Women Speak is now a member of Andante – the European Alliance of Catholic Women’s Organisations. Our CWS community includes members from across Europe, and we are proud to be associated with Catholic women working together for unity, peace and understanding in our richly diverse European cultures.
Mission statement To be a Catholic women’s voice and be an actor in building a living Europe that works for the common good and gives a more human face to Europe and the world.
Andante works, through its networks in Europe and through local initiatives, for the just participation of women in society and in the church, and for the common good of all people.
Andante encourages and empowers Catholic women in Europe to reach their full potential, both in society and in spiritual life. It brings strength and inspiration to Catholic women in their daily lives and encourages them to be active in their communities and in the church.
Andante contributes to a Catholic Church in Europe which is welcoming and liberating for all.
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Role The role of ANDANTE is: to inform, to consult, to coordinate and to represent. It will be a platform for Catholic women to express their ideas, to discuss them frankly and with trust, even if they arrive at different conclusions. “We need to establish common values across our different cultures; we should be able to respond to current and emerging issues in a way that reflects Gospel values and our experience as women. We can offer the female vision of the Common Good.”
In collaboration with Catherine of Sienna College
We work closely with the college which provides an online learning environment for the promotion of higher education in the fields of theology, religion, gender and social justice, intended particularly but not exclusively for women in the global South who would not otherwise have access to university education.
Both the Network and the College are administered by the University of Roehampton in London, under the umbrella of the Digby Stuart Research Centre for Religion, Society and Human Flourishing.
Voices of Faith
Catholic Women Speak and Voices of Faith work together to promote the representation and participation of women in the life of the Church. We do this through publications, media promotions, educational activities, networking and social media, and by organising events such as the International Women’s Day conference organised in Rome every year by Voices of Faith, and the symposia in Rome organised by Catholic Women Speak to coincide with Synods of Bishops in 2015 and 2018.