San Francisco parish hosts same-sex marriage advocates

Bishop Gumbleton, Lisa Fullam to speak at St. Rita Lenten series


On February 1, St. Rita’s Catholic parish in Fairfax, CA took out a large color ad in Catholic San Francisco, the newspaper of the archdiocese of San Francisco. The ad was promoting the parish’s Lenten lecture series. The series will consist of six lectures on the subject “Pacem in Terris.” The first, on February 12, will be given by retired Bishop Thomas Gumbleton.

According to his Wikipedia page, Bishop Gumbleton is a member of Call to Action. In 2006, Giovanni Battista Cardinal Re, then prefect of the congregation of Bishops, wrote of Call to Action:  “The judgment of the Holy See is that the activities of ‘Call to Action’ in the course of these years are in contrast with the Catholic faith….”

Bishop Gumbleton is also listed as a member of New Ways Ministry and the Triangle Foundation, now known as “Equality Michigan.” In 2010, Cardinal Francis George, writing on behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops wrote: “No one should be misled by the claim that New Ways Ministry provides an authentic interpretation of Catholic teaching and an authentic Catholic pastoral practice.”

In 2009, Bishop Alex Sample, then-ordinary of the diocese of Marquette, Michigan, prevented Bishop Gumbleton from speaking at a Lutheran Church in his diocese. “As the bishop of the diocese of Marquette, I am the chief shepherd and teacher of the Catholic faithful of the Upper Peninsula entrusted to my pastoral care.  As such I am charged with the grave responsibility to keep clearly before my people the teachings of the Catholic Church on matters of faith and morals.  Given Bishop Gumbleton’s very public position on certain important matters of Catholic teaching, specifically with regard to homosexuality and the ordination of women to the priesthood, it was my judgment that his presence in Marquette would not be helpful to me in fulfilling my responsibility.”



The second lecture, on February 19, will be given by Lisa Fullam, associate professor of moral theology, Santa Clara University.  Fullam is an advocate for same-sex marriage. As CalCatholic reported, following the November 2012 elections when same-sex “marriage” was legalized in three states, Fullam wrote in Commonweal magazine that same-sex “marriage” is actually in line with Catholic teaching.

“Magisterial teaching against same-sex CIVIL marriage hinges on the category of procreation, seemingly asserting that the institution only has social value because children might result. But our own teaching on marriage is richer than that–marriage has value that includes procreation (or not), but also reaches beyond that important but ultimately merely biological category to encompass all the richness of living in committed relationships. Perhaps this is a moment when Catholics voting for marriage equality are showing that they have indeed learned the lessons of Catholic teaching, both the social teaching of the equal dignity of all people and our own rich heritage on marriage.”

Father Robert  Araujo, SJ, denied the fidelity of Fullam’s interpretation, and noted “For the most part at many institutions that claim the moniker ‘Catholic,’ students are being exposed to a shadow magisterium which is a corruption of rather than intellectual fidelity to Church teachings on the neuralgic issues of the day including marriage. While these young may be receiving a great deal of education, they are not receiving the wisdom of the Church….”

The pastor of St. Rita’s church is Father Kenneth Weare. The webpage of St. Rita’s Church list him as Father Kenneth Weare, PhD. His biography, published on the parish’s website is a listing of academic accomplishments and postings. The words “God” “Jesus” “church” “faith” or even “community” or “pastoral” do not appear.  The biography closes with the sentence “Presently he serves as a theological advisor to various Catholic bishops in the United States and other countries.”

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  1. Rhythm band says:

    Well, Let us wait and see what the Lion (of Christ) in Central California does about this.
    I truly believe our Lion, loves the Lord and his Church.

  2. Clinton R. says:

    I pray the next man elected pope will rid the Church Militant of those who inject their poison into the Bride of Christ.

  3. Everyone email this article to Abp Cordileone of SFO immediately.
    (And to Abp Vigneron of Detroit and Bp. Patrick McGrath of San Jose).
    Gumbleton and Fullam are heretics and schismatics. (CCC 2089).

    They also give scandal and are obstinate in grave sin. They need to be publically excommunicated ab homine in their home Dioceses of Detroit and San Jose respectively. (Canon 915 as well as Canon 1399; and 1 Cor 5:11-13).

    All US Diocese Bishops must forbid them to speak on any Catholic property or as “Catholics” within their Diocese whether the home Diocese Bishops do their own jobs or not.

    Bishop Cordileone needs to investigate Father Kenneth Weare of St. Rita’s Church for possible heresy and schism as well.

    • Code of Canon Law provides for the LOSS OF ECCLESIASTICAL OFFICE by REMOVAL and PRIVATION.
      Why is Gumbleton still using the title of “Bishop”? This is scandalous.

      • Because he is a retired bishop.

        • Anon, apparently you did not notice the quotation marks around “Bishop”. This means that he should have been sent into exile where he could let everyone on the remote island know of his episcopal status yet nobody would care.

    • I find the assumption that the Archbishop is somehow unaware of what is being printed in his own Archdiocesean newspaper to be pretty absurd. That would make him either extremely ignorant or utterly incompetent. Why does he need to be notified? He certainly knows who these people are; he’s already endorsed them by giving them space in the newspaper.

      • marcomsf says:

        I think you would be surprised how unaware the new Archbishop is of many situations going on within the San Francisco Archdiocese.
        Sadly he is relying on advise and information which has the potential to create new scandals unless he opens his eyes and ears to his new flock and acts as a true Shepard.

  4. It goes on and on… Lord please how much longer?

  5. St. Christopher says:

    OK local ordinary, or Vatican, do something. This is a bitter pill for faithful Catholics to take — the misuse of Church property, with an implied Church approval, by those not in communion with Catholic teachings. Yes, yes, one of these speakers is a bishop, and what a bishop; one of the very worst bishops in a post-Vatican II world littered with them. Benedict will be missed, but he is clearly not up to the task of being a muscular leader of the Church, a true shepherd that can attack the wolf seeking to kill his flock. There are too many, like Bishop Gumbleton, that leave the gates of the pen wide open for all the wolves to use. The pastor of St. Rita’s must be disciplined, or fired. If we must close down churches, do so for the reason that no proper Catholic leader exists (and not for the bogus economic reasons usually given). Or, give the church over to a Traditionalist order; it will truly flourish.

    • Mbûkû Kanyau Mbithûka says:

      No, Bishops like this not only leave the Pen gates open, they are actually at the sheep barbecue eating lambs and mutton.

    • Tracy Kelly says:

      The archbishop did close down Father Ken’s school – now are all of you happy? My 3 children attend St. Rita’s and love their school and catholic faith. 133 children are out of a school and most will go into the public schools because the other catholic schools in the area are full. What kind of religion is this???? Now I understand why the church is declining – where is the love and caring??

      • How do you know their faith is Catholic? Also, children in public schools love them as well. Do you mean “love” or do you mean “feel good”?

      • Tracy, most bishops are very willing to keep the schools open if the parents rally and can increase enrollment. But I would ask, especially in light of this article, why are the other schools full and this one is declining? Most people who are willing to pay for Catholic education for their children want a Catholic education and articles like this one, even if not true (I can’t find anywhere that Bishop Gumbleton advocates same sex marriage) turn prospective families away. God bless you! Come up with a plan to increase enrollment and fundraising and you got a shot!

        • Tracy Kelly says:

          Thanks very much – we are coming together as a community and rallying. We are also putting together a plan to increase enrollment and fundraising. Our challenge is getting the attention of the Archbishop or anyone else to listen. I happened to stumble upon this website and thought maybe we could get some help. My understanding is the Archbishop has not even stepped on our campus or spoken to Father Ken or our principal. There was not any teaching in the school that would make the Catholic church upset. Any help is appreciated!

        • k, our low enrollment is simply about demographics. We are far from the freeway and to get back there, one must navigate through quite a lot of traffic. Trust me. The education at St. Rita is top notch; and the parish is great too. We are doing what we can to increase enrollment because all of our childrens’ and our hearts are breaking over this.

  6. Fullum and Gumbleton are so deluded, that it defies the imagination how they can even tie their own shoe laces.

  7. Thomas Edward Miles says:

    Wonderful, to have a thinker and not a yes man as a BISHOP, the church has far to many rubber stamp bishops as it is!!

    • You and the heretics and schismatics can start your own Church. Since you are not Catholic, Mr. Miles, you can start your own web site as well.
      We take our cue from Jesus. You can take yours from Gumbleton.

      • Sorry Bro, you crucified Jesus many times. You and your narrow mindedness. Your both attitude and biased opinion against gay community are the same mistakes the evil doers made in the past before you. Catch up, the time is changing-you are so lucky–prophets like bishop Gumbleton and Fr ken weare are witness of the sign of times. They know where they stand–follow them. They will bring you to holiness and the fullness of life. Doctors, thinkers, leaders and the generals respect humany as manifestation of divine love in the most tangible way, why can’t you?

    • Mbûkû Kanyau Mbithûka says:

      you call this nonsense thinking?

    • TEM, would you say that the snake in the Garden of Eden was a thinker and not a yes man? Wonderful, wonderful!!!!

    • Original thinking is one thing, TEM, and is good in science and technology and really good if you’re a farmer and have to gerry rig repairs all the time. Now in religion original thinking is not optional, but required, and so we learn to think with the One who originated us. What you really mean by it is contrary thinking, contrary to God.

    • When they become priests they take the oath of submission to the pope. If they don’t want to or can’t do that then they should not become a priest.

  8. Laurette Elsberry says:

    Can we hear from Archbishop Cordileone on this wretched program?

    • He should have been aware of this problem and taken immediate action –
      It will be interesting to see what action he will take, if any -

      • Mbûkû Kanyau Mbithûka says:

        waiting and twiddleling

      • Tracy Kelly says:

        Maybe it is just a coincidence but my children go to St. Rita school in Fairfax and we just received notice that the Archbishop is closing our school down at the end of this year. Just like that – no warning and he has never set foot on our campus! It is a shame to put 133 kids that love the catholic faith out of their school.

    • What’s to hear? He has already spoken.

  9. Fred Penar says:

    Gumbleton has been a rabble-rouser since the 1960′s in Detroit.
    He deserved censure then, and deserves excommunication now.
    Perhaps Archbishop Cordeleone can put a stop to this in his archdiocese, just as Bishop Sample did in Marquette.

  10. Who promoted Thomas Gumbleton so that he became a bishop? He is an enemy of the Church. He is spreading heresy and should be defrocked, not on the speaking circuit. Fr. Kenneth Weare, pastor of St. Rita’s parish, should be removed as a pastor.

    Why hasn’t Archbishop Cordileone stopped St. Rita’s Parish from having these anti-Catholic speakers, such as Gumbleton and Fullam? I hoped that the new Archbishop would clean house in the Bay area; so far, I haven’t heard of any improvements or changes.

  11. good cause says:

    Consider the venue, Marin County. I grew up there and watched it morph from a solidly conservative county to a suburb of Haight Ashbury. No suprises here.

  12. Rick DeLano says:

    WHERE IS THE BISHOP??????????????

    • Joe Artigiani says:

      probably drinking…………you people should get a life………..what did Jesus preach? LOVE!

  13. Speakers such as these only go to dioceses where the leadership is known to be compromised.

  14. Mark from PA says:

    Bishop Gumbleton has been a supporter of abuse victims and has shown much compassion to them. He also showed courage in admitting that as a high school seminarian, he was molested. His support for victims of clerical abuse has made him unpopular with some bishops. He also has been a strong advocate for world peace. He is a man of goodness, a holy man. May Bishop Gumbleton have long life and many blessings. He is well respected by many Catholics.

    • John Cullen says:

      If he is such a model priest, why is he a member of Call to Action and New Ways Ministry?

    • PA Gumbleton is leading dissenter on Church teaching and supports gay marriage, may he be defrocked along with rest of the liberals in the Church…He is well respected by many Catholics… 5 PA

    • Gumbleton is not a good man, PA; he is a deceiver.

    • Rhythm band says:

      Obviously, you do not think with clarity, its like saying, I will attend a Nazi run medical facility because if you are not Jewish or black, you get great medical care.

      Totally flawed thinking.

  15. How many of you emailed this article to Abp Cordileone?
    Abp Vigneron in Det.?
    Bp Patrick McGrath of San Jose?

    If they do are not informed of the heretics and schismatics, they have no way of knowing about them.

    We EACH have to do our parts as well.

    • Rick DeLano says:



      If we know……

      They knew a lot earlier.

      • Rick DeLano –
        1) Where in the Bible or any official Church Document have you read that all Bishops are mind-readers?
        2) Why are YOU personally trying to DISCOURAGE people from reporting abuses to the Diocese Bishops in violation of Canon 212 #3 ?

        Bishops are not mind-readers. They do not know everything that goes on within their Diocese. Diocese are not only a couple of hundred people, but hundreds of thousands to millions.

        Under OBLIGATIONS and RIGHTS of the Christian Faithful –
        Code of Canon Law – “212 §3. According to the knowledge, competence, and prestige which they possess, they have the right and even at times the duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church and to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian faithful, without prejudice to the integrity of faith and morals, with reverence toward their pastors, and attentive to common advantage and the dignity of persons.”

        • MIKE, the teaching office of the Church is at the top of the bishop’s things to be aware of. If they don’t know, then they are guilty of sloth, a grave sin.

        • The whole issue involves prominent wackos, MIKE; if a bishop is not aware of this, then it is because he has shirked his primary reason for existing which is to guard his flock.

    • What does this have to do with Bp. McGrath?

      • The other heretic/schismatic in the article, Lisa Fulliam, lives and works in Bp McGrath’s Diocese to the best of my knowledge.

        It is his responsibility to correct her, and stop the scandals within his own Diocese.

  16. I suspect that Gumbleton may have worked some deception on Thomas Merton … wonder if anyone has looked into this.

  17. I will be emailing ABC’s office!!!!

    This is obscene, but I am not surprised.

    St. Rita’s treats liberal Pastor’s with adulation…..

    While the conservative and traditional ones get disrespected and thrown out!!!

    • St. Rita Parent says:

      Really? And you know this how? Have you ever even been to St. Rita? There are 140 innocent children thrown out to the public schools because of attitudes such as yours.

      • What is your beef with public schools, St R P? You’re not just having one of those “arrogant moments”, are you? Apparently you’re not even aware of how bad the Catholic educations system has become. You must have no clue as to the outside world … where, btw, there are a whole lot more faithful Catholics than in the Catholic school system.

  18. I can’t imagine AB Cordileone will let this happen.

  19. Bishop McGrath will do nothing to discipline Professor Fullum. As a matter of fact, the Jesuit School of Theology Berkeley (JSTB) switched its canonical location from Berkeley’s Graduate Theological Union to Santa Clara University precisely so that its professors would fall under McGrath rather than the Bishops of Oakland (Vigneron and Cordileone). So one encounters JSTB physically on GTU’s “Holy Hill” in Berkeley, yet it is under the (lack of) discipline of the Diocese of San Jose.

    As for Fr. Weare, he has been waving his PhD in the air for well over a decade now, which seems to scare off the hierarchs. His extensive work with the AmChurch inner circle in the 80s and 90s also makes him bulletproof, at least for now. At San Francisco’s lay ministry school, seminary, and as a parish priest, he has been untouchable.

    • JST’s affiliation with Santa Clara occurred AFTER Bp. Vigneron left and well into the administration of Bp. Cordileone. JST still operates within the Diocese of Oakland.

      Neither Bp. Vigneron or Bp. Cordileone did anything whatsoever to curb Fullum during their time in Oakland. Trying to let bishops off the hook simply because they advertise themselves as “orthodox” really distorts the actual situation.

      • Bp Vigneron has headed the Detroit Diocese since January, 2009.

        Bp Cordileone is brand new, heading up the San Francisco Diocese since Oct 4, 2012.

        They cannot be blamed for the lack of handling problems of other Bishops.

        Oakland Diocese and San Francisco Diocese are not the same.

        • Bp. Cordileone is not “brand new,” to this situation; he was Bishop of Oakland from March, 2009 to August, 2012. Lisa Fullam lived and taught in Bp. Cordileone’s diocese the entire time he was Bishop of Oakland. He did absolutely nothing to curb her.

          Bp. Vigneron was Bishop of Oakland from 2003 to 2009. Lisa Fullam has taught at JST (formerly JSTB) since 2003. Lisa Fullam lived and taught in Bp. Vigneron’s diocese the entire time he was Bishop of Oakland. He did absolutely nothing to curb her.

          These are not “problems of other Bishops”.

    • The individual Bishop of each Diocese has a grave responsibility that is his own.
      Each Bishop must be encouraged to handle the scandals and anti-Christs within his own Diocese.

  20. “You will know them by their fruit” says the Lord. Those who perform sinful deeds, especially publicly, and those who in authority do nothing to correct those sinful deeds publicly by their silence is a sign of their approval. Pray the rosary to save our souls and our country, and read in St. Paul’s epistle what God has to say about homosexuality. God is clearly against and is offended by homosexuality.

    • Mark from PA says:

      I don’t think God is against and offended by homosexuality. I think some people ascribe to God their own dislikes. Homosexuals were created by God too. We are not aliens from Mars.

      • PA, pedophiles are God’s children too. Do you agree?

      • Mark, do you think that God also made people with cleft palates, schizophrenia, autism, deafness, etc? Are these people aliens from Mars? Of course not! This is not why we treat them! We also do not treat them because we think that they are any less human than ourselves nor because we think that they don’t deserve our respect. We treat them precisely because we care for them. That being said, we know that there are those in society who do not care for people with the above mentioned disorders and who unfortunately hold the position that they are less than human. Since that is a sad reality, would you then hold the position that we shouldn’t seek to cure or improve these disorders because some people look down on them in the first place? Of course not!!! That would be irrational.

        So Mark, assuming that you are consistent, then would you hold the position that we should not treat people with the above disorders because God made them that way and/or because there are those in our world hold the position that they are less than human?

        I should point out that the difference with homosexuality and the disorders I mentioned above is that taking the disorder of homosexuality to its natural end always ends in sin. This, of course, is not the case with the other disorders I mentioned.

        Just say it Mark. You don’t think that God is offended by homosexual sexual activity! Stop hiding behind this pseudo position you keep pushing that homosexuals are being treated as less than human by those of us who uphold Church teaching.

      • Mark from PA – read your Bible.
        Homosexual Acts send people to HELL if they do not repent before death.
        Gen 19:1-29; Rom 1:24-27; 1 Cor 6:9-10; 1 Tim 1:10.

        All sexual acts outside of marriage (between one man and one woman) is a MORTAL (GRAVE) SIN.

      • Mark from PA,
        Does the Church teaching on homosexuality offend you personally? Please stop insulting the teaching wisdom of the CC. If not, find another religion that suits your menu.

  21. Dave N.–

    I agree that neither Archbishop Vigneron nor Archbishop Cordileone did anything to curb the Jesuits’ dissent in Berkeley. Nonetheless, the Jesuits are well aware that the Vatican has been trying to curb the out-of-control Oakland Diocese with conservative episcopal appointments, and instead of risking having an Oakland Bishop with backbone, decided it best to depart to San Jose where Bishop McGrath has many more years.

    Every diocesan priest I know — conservative and progressive alike — who has expressed an opinion about this situation believes along these lines.

    • Mbûkû Kanyau Mbithûka says:

      So, how comes these people are able to go on like this (Jesuits) and nothing ever happens?
      Is it the Holy See that does not act? Ultimately?

    • The Bishops can have all the “backbone” there is; the truth is that the Jesuits and dissident groups thumb their noises at the bishops. Even notices of having ex-communicated themselves are ignored by these folks…they really don’t care what a bishop says or does. The bishops can teach the Truth and hope people listen, but the likes of those mentioned here will just keep doing what they do and give no acknowledgment to the bishops. They have thumbed their noises at the Vatican as well. They are moving targets.

      • Forget the Jesuits, it’s the Church that is important and needs to define itself “in spirit and in truth”.

      • Alice:

        Religious orders work within a diocese with the permission of the local Ordinary (bishop). Believe me, a Bishop of San Jose ordering the Jesuits out of their provincial headquarters and infirmary, university and high school would cause squealing to high Heaven. Ditto for the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

        Not going to happen though.

        • Thanks Father. This is good to know.
          I did know that Diocese Bishops have full contol over everything “Catholic” within their Diocese.

          What can the Diocese Bishop do about Catholic Colleges and Universities within the Diocese that violate Church teaching if anything?

      • Bishops can publically excommunicate (ab homine) per Code of Canon Law. There is no excuse for grave public scandal by any Catholic within any Diocese.
        Handling SCANDALS are the job of each individual Diocese Bishop.

        CCC: ” 2284 Scandal is an attitude or behavior which leads another to do evil.
        The person who gives scandal becomes his neighbor’s tempter.
        He damages virtue and integrity;
        he may even draw his brother into spiritual death.
        Scandal is a grave offense if by deed or omission another is deliberately led into a grave offense. ”
        (Also see CCC: 2285, 2286, 2287 re scandal.)

        Code of Canon Law: ” Can. 1399 In addition to the cases established here or in other laws, the external violation of a divine or canonical law can be punished by a just penalty only when the special gravity of the violation demands punishment and there is an urgent need to prevent or repair scandals. ”

        I would not want to be a Bishop who neglected to do his job regarding Scandal on judgement day.
        All the Souls lost will be partly his fault – a sin of omission.

    • They didn’t “depart”; they are still in Berkeley.

  22. I’ve been searching the internet and I can find nothing where Bishop Gumbleton advocates for same sex marriage. Does anyone have a source for this claim?

  23. Mark from PA, As the leading openly gay or at least gay sympathizer on this website, I am humored by your response of defending the gay life style in every manner of humanism as popular. Fortunately for the rest of us heterosexuals who don’t agree with you, none of our opinions really matter, only the opinion of our Lord who only speaks the trutlh. I would suggest to you, for the sake of your soul that you stop being a cafeteria-type and read a Douay-Rheims Holy Bible, especially St. Paul’s epistle, then you will know God’s answer and I pray you will shudder in your boots begging forgiveness for misleading all the naive readers whom have read your pro-homosexual posts. Remember what our Lord said about misleading innocent others . . . it would be better for them to tie a millstone around their necks and be tossed into the sea. May God help us all.

  24. Funny thing — the pastor of Saint Rita Church is a very close friend of Cardinal William Levada, the former head of correct doctrine on everything.

    Or whatever his title was.

    Before he retired.

  25. I just learned tonight that St. Rita’s School is closing this month, and I wonder why. The poor children and parents of the school are said to be shocked and horrified at losing thier beloved school.

    Please keep them in your prayers. Where will they go now?

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