Women and The Catholic Church. How has the Catholic Church affected the status of women? Surprise ! The Catholic Church has done more to elevate the status of women than any other entity in history. Isn’t it well known that the Catholic Church is an old fashioned remanent of inflexible Patriarchy ? Hasn’t the Catholic Church stood athwart the path of the progressive liberation of women blocking the way and yelling “Stop ! ” ? Mythbusting again, Chuck brings an authoritatively documented rebuttal of common misconceptions about how it happened that, in some societies, women have risen to take their place as equals today. It was, in great part, the influence of Catholicism.