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VATICAN CITY ( – An eminent social scientist is arguing that Pope Francis’ methodology for his pet project on synodality is empirically vague and open to manipulation by ideologically driven synodal experts.

“I have grave concerns as a social scientist about the methodological mess that has characterized this synod’s massive, unwieldy data-collection-and-analysis venture,” writes Dr. Mark Regnerus in an article published in the Public Discourse journal on Jan. 8.

Regnerus, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, debunks the synod’s modus operandi as a “very expensive, time-consuming set of interpreters’ personal opinions, with little accountability (and no public access) to the original data.” …

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