Sex: the elephant in the room at Vatican youth synod

VATICAN CITY (AFP) – “We mustn’t be afraid of sexuality!” French prelate Emmanuel Gobillard urged the Vatican synod on the role of young people, trying to break down the enduring taboo in the 1.3 billion-member Church.

But while the young insist that sex is an unavoidable topic at the month-long meeting of world bishops, the subject has a low profile in the gathering’s 70-page working document.