Most Holy Father, We cannot conceal from you the fact that the first part of the Synod dedicated to “Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization” greatly alarmed us. From ecclesiastical dignitaries we heard and read statements so contrary to the clear and constant doctrine of the Church concerning the sanctity of marriage, that our souls were deeply disturbed. These men claimed to have your support, and their claims met with no public denial. What worries us even more is that certain of your words give the impression that it might be possible for doctrine to evolve in response to new needs of the Christian people. Our disquiet comes from the fact that in his encyclical Pascendi, Saint Pius X condemned an alteration of dogma that would make it conform to so-called requirements of the present time. Both Pius X and you, Most Holy Father, received the fullness of the authority to teach, sanctify, and govern in obedience to Christ, Who is the head and pastor of the flock at all times and in all places, and whose faithful vicar the Pope must be on this earth. That which has been subject to a solemn condemnation cannot, over time, become an approved pastoral practice.
God, the author of nature, established the stable union of a man and a woman for the purpose of perpetuating the human species. Old Testament revelation teaches us, in the most obvious way, that indissoluble marriage between one man and one woman was established directly by God, and that its essential characteristics were not left by Him to the free choice of men, such that marriage remains under a very special divine protection: “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife.” (Exodus 20:17)
The gospels teach us that Jesus Himself, by virtue of his supreme authority, definitively reestablished marriage in its original purity, which the corruption of men had altered: “What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.” (Matthew 19:6) READ FULL PETITION HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: What does it say about the nature of the crisis in the Church today that when entire conferences of bishops are carefully maintaining a disturbing silence in the face of the most egregious threat to Christian marriage in history, the most principled defense of marriage, on the other hand, is being raised by those who are more or less on the outs with the Vatican and who, in this case, are to be castigated as "schismatics" for faithful adherence to the traditional doctine of Christ's Church.
Exactly who is in schism here--the de facto heretics of the German Bishops' Conference who are driving this madness, or the good bishop in Menzingen who's trying to stop it?
If Bishop Fellay is in "schism" according the new and improved lexicon of conciliar Catholicism, then clearly what the Church needs now more than anything else are more schismatics.
God bless Bishop Fellay!