The forum held in the Dutch Cap-ital was designed for religious and political leaders to discuss a way forward in the testy subject of contraception. It was however not met with much enthusiasm from the off, as most agreed the whole thing would lose momentum without a proper level of prior planning and preparation.
Some leaders claimed the union would bear no fruit, some asked for a postponement and others tried other various delaying tactics. Francois Hollande sent a French Letter by way of apology for not attending, whereas the Greek representative, in an effort to hide his attendance chose to go in the back door.
Generally though, most leaders complained of being de-sensitised to the topic, except for Angela Merkel, although she did take a good ribbing.
A spokesman did however claim that progress had been made and some seeds planted, and denied that the forum was nothing more than a dead rubber.
Typically though, as the attendees were all set to vote on the date of the next meeting, the whole thing was overshadowed by the Papal representative's withdrawal just before the climax, uttering a hurried "Sorry, I have to shoot".