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A petition to Pope Francis: uphold marriage!

September 28, 2015

Bishop Fellay is petitioning Pope Francis to use his papal voice in a clear and firm defense of the sacrament of matrimony!

The Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X has just published a petition to the Holy Father, Pope Francis, asking him to publicly defend the institution of holy matrimony.

Bishop Fellay respectfully begins his petition to the Supreme Pontiff by stating that "[I]t is with great anxiety that we observe all around us a persistent degradation of marriage and the family, the origin and foundation of all human society." The superior general observes that this "decay is rapidly accelerating" through civil actions which have "trampled underfoot" the "law of God" and even the "natural law".

Echoing the sentiments of faithful Catholics around the world, Bishop Fellay stressed to Pope Francis how "our souls were deeply disturbed" by the alarming 2014 Synod of the Family that has produced "statements so contrary to the clear and constant doctrine of the Church concerning the sanctity of marriage" and which were "claimed to have your support, and their claims met with no public denial."

The bishop continued by reiterating what the Church has always taught and how it has always acted concerning marriage for the salvation of souls, which is being further threatened by the pope's recent motu proprio concerning a streamlined annulment process.

Before concluding his plea by entrusting the petition to St. John the Baptist—martyred to preserve the "sanctity and exclusivity of marriage", Bishop Fellay exhorted Pope Francis:

For the honor of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the consolation of the Church and of all faithful Catholics, for the good of society and of all humanity, in this crucial hour we petition you therefore to let your voice resound throughout the world with a word of truth, clarity, and firmness, in defense of Christian and even merely human marriage, in support of its foundation, namely, the difference and complementarity of the sexes, upholding its exclusivity and indissolubility. With filial piety we beg you to let your voice be heard by all, and that it be accompanied by actions too in support of the Catholic family."