The Vatican is chatting with 'laypeople' because the Vatican doesn't really get how sex works

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Selfie-averse Pope Francis is back in Vatican City, and he's back at work on the Fourteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.


"What's that?" you may ask. According to their website, it's an "assembly of bishops from around the world who assist the Holy Father by providing counsel on important questions facing the Church in a manner that preserves the Church's teaching and strengthens her internal discipline." Got it.

This year, they're chatting about the role of the family, and they've run into a bit of a problem: nobody really gets how sex works. Via Religion News Service:

"At the heart of the synod is human sexuality. And oftentimes it's muted and we don't know how to talk about it, because most of us in the room are male celibates," he said, citing comments of unnamed bishops.

And since some would argue that sex plays an important part in making a family, the Church has taken to broaching the topic with "laypeople," including 14 married couples, to give them the rundown.

Must be some interesting conversations.

Michael Rosen is a reporter for Fusion based out of Oakland.