Bishops and cardinals attend a Mass to celebrate the opening of the Synod of Bishops in Rome in 2012. Why is a synod on the family being organised by a group of celibate males? Photograph: Reuters

Preparations for the 2014 Extraordinary Synod of Bishops to be held in Rome on the theme of the family from October 5th to 19th, 2014, include a 39-it(...)