There they go, old celibate men, off to discuss and decide how christian families should live. They will argue over criteria for belonging to the larger but rapidly shrinking Christian family. Meanwhile modern families have struggled and broadened to include members of various faith perspectives, sexual preferences, races and nationalities, and to respect various marriage statuses. Couples have assumed their right to procreate or not responsibly. Women and men are redefining their roles within the family and society while patriarchal structures are fighting to regain control. Do these elderly patriarchs have ears to hear or eyes to see more clearly, or will they just remain blind guides to the sheep who still look to them for spiritual sustenance?