The Synod on Synodality Adopts Identity Politics, by Kody W. Cooper

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By Kody W. Cooper, Crisis Magazine, Jan. 14, 2022

Kody W. Cooper is UC Foundation Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. …


When John Henry Newman wrote that “ten thousand difficulties do not make one doubt,” he had never taken a diocesan survey for the Synod on Synodality. Ours is the burden of judging whether the various theological difficulties raised by the synod generate doubt. It isn’t an easy question—particularly when one considers that the dubious assumptions of identity politics have been smuggled into the synodal documents and questionnaires.

The curiously titled Synod on Synodality is a sort of coming and journeying together of clergy, laity, and even non-Christians to reflect on the meaning of coming and journeying together. Imagine a synchronized swim meet on Synchronized Swimming to which the aquaphobic are invited, and you’ll start to get an idea of what the Vatican is doing. …

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