The Women's Ordination Conference head, Kate McElwee, said her group will organize at least two protests during the synod's sessions, which run from Oct. 6-27.
On Oct. 4, the Voice of the Family network took an opposite view of the role of women in the synodal process, and discussed the possibility that the Amazon synod will attempt to approve women's ordination to the diaconate, as well as criticizing what they termed "heresies" in the assembly's working document.
During the three-hour roundtable Oct. 4, titled "Our Church: Reformed or Deformed?" participants aired concerns about the Amazon synod's Instrumentum laboris, which participants said as promoted pagan "Amazon religions" and "indigenous theology," while seeking to undermine the discipline of priestly celibacy, and open a way for the creation of women deacons.
Voice of the Family is a network of organizations which formed before the synod of bishops' meeting on the family in 2014. The lay initiative publishes documents and organizes conferences on issues related to life and the family.
The roundtable's participants said the synod's consequences could be profound.
Participant Roberto Dei Mattei accused anyone who has approved of the Amazon synod's Instrumentum laboris "of polytheism, or polydemonism."
Michael Matt, of the Remnant website, said that if the synod were to approve proposals made in the working document it would be "the biggest event in the history of the world with the exception of the crucifixion of Christ."
In fact, a synod does not have deliberative power in the Church, and is only able to make recommendations to the pope, who is free to respond to them as he wishes.
Nevertheless, John Henry Westen, Editor-in-Chief of Lifesitenews, said that the Amazon synod "is expected to be the most severe calamity to the faith the Church has ever known."
Westen did not indicate who expects that outcome.
Other roundtable participants included Michael Voris of the Church Militant website, Italian journalist Marco Tosatti, and writer Taylor Marshall.
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Speakers at the event said that, despite their concerns, they do not consider leaving the Church, but continue to pray for the protection of the papacy and for Pope Francis' conversion. Matt suggested putting "human pressure on the Vatican," but said the strategy as Christians should be "charity."
"The strategy is Christian charity," he said. "Maybe even we're wrong with how we see things."
Hannah Brockhaus is Catholic News Agency's senior Rome correspondent. She grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, and has a degree in English from Truman State University in Missouri.