Our mission is to Educate, Motivate and Activate the Catholic faithful of the Oakland, California diocese. Called to be supportive instruments of social communication as defined in Canon law 823, Para 1, we will review articles on social and moral trends reported in the official diocesan publication, "The Catholic Voice." Our goal is to provide local Catholics with a fuller perspective on issues affecting their temporal and spiritual lives, empowering them to act in defense of their faith.

Monday, January 02, 2006



Canon Law 823, paragraph 1.
“In order for the integrity of the truths of the faith and morals to be preserved, the pastors of the Church have the duty and the right to be vigilant lest harm be done to the faith or morals of the Christian faithful through writings or the use of the intstruments of social communication; they likewise have the duty and the right to demand that writings to be published by the Christian faithful which touch upon faith or morals be submittedto their judgment; they also have the duty and right to denounce writings which harm correct faith or good morals. (Code of Canon Law Latin-English Editon. Canon Law Society of America, 1984)

(Excerpted from the Code of Canon Law; A text and commentary c ommissioned by the Canon Law Society of America; Study Edition, 1985.)
“The use of the media in the service of the Church’s teaching office and on the prior censorship of books.”
This also pertains to the use of the diocesan publication (in this case the Diocesan newspaper, the Catholic Voice) which is deemed to be the Bishop’s official channel of communication with the faithfful.

Cannon 822 explains.
Paragraph 1. “The pastors of the Church, employinig a right which belongs to the Church in fulfilling its responsibility, are to endeavor to make use of the instruments of sociall communication.
Paragraph 2. These same pastors are to see to it that the faithful are taught that they are bound in duty to cooperate so that the use of the instruments of social communication is animated with a human and Christian spirit.
Paragraph 3. All the Christian faithful are to be concerned about furnishing assistance in this pastoral activity in such a way that the Church effectively fulfills its responsibility through such instruments; this is especially true for those who in any way have a role in the regulation or use of these instruments.”

Cannon 822 encourages the use of the media for the good purposes of the Church and of humankind.in using the various avenues of media communication to educate the faithful on the Church’s mission of teaching.

It has become overwhelmingly clear that the official newspaper of the Oakland Diocese, The Catholic Voice, under the guise of official church teaching, has been put into the service of the political left through the publication of groups and their activities and representing them as respected and official Church agendas.

Each month we will feature background information on some issue presented in the Voice, providing the reader with further details on the connections, activites and goals of groups appearing in the Voice.


Blogger Pontian said...

As one measure of the depths of the problems of the Oakland Diocese, one need only parse the complaints lodged with the Holy Father against Bp. Cummins and note that Bp. Vigneron has done nothing to remove the worst offenders:

Fr. Richard Sparks, one the nation's chief purveyors of homosexualism, Nestorianism, the sexualization of and blasohemies against the Holy Family, and user of invalid matter for Holy Communion (see below),

Fr. Brian Joyce, one of the diocese's greatest purveyors of New Age heresy and an ADMITTED sexual abuser who remains a pastor in "good standing" despite the much vaunted official policy of Bp. Vigneron,

Fr. Dan Danielson, notorious for his blessings of sodomite relationships, his disparagement of the Curia, his hosting sexual abusers, and his homosexualism,

Sharon Abercrombie and the rest of the WIccan entusiasts of the Catholic Voice.

Why Bp. Vigneron is missing in action?

Consider that there are nine ways in which one participates in the sins of others:
1) by counsel
2) by command
3) by consent
4) by provocation
5) by praise or flattery
6) by silence
7) by assistance
8) by defense or concealment, and
9) by not punishing the evil done.
It is just to examine Bp. Vigneron to judge, not his interior disposition, but his objective action and inaction.

As one salient example, consider Fr. Sparks and find Bp. Vigneron characteristically missing in action.

Fr. Richard Sparks C.S.P. on Jesus and St. Mary Magdalene: “He [Jesus] had to go through puberty. He had to decide should I get married. He might have even had a prom date with Mary Magdalene. They might have even necked a little in the back seat of a car. He's like us in all things but sin - necking isn't necessarily a sin. He might have even petted her once or twice - it's like - ‘Oh, wait, wait, wait, YES - NOW!'” – Fr. Sparks' commercially available audiotape, Catholic Sexual Morality: More Than "Thou Shalt Nots."

Fr. Richard Sparks C.S.P. on the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph: “If you can't fantasize Mary and Joseph having sex - even if you wanted to say - okay, the Church says, ‘ever-virgin' - okay, I leave that in place. I'm not out to change that. Church says, obviously for Jesus Mary was still a virgin - because it's like a miraculous conception - okay, where did all those brothers and sisters come from? They're cousins. Where did all those brothers and sisters come from? Joseph had children from a previous marriage. Okaaaay. But if somebody says, ‘Do you think Joseph ever wanted to jump her bones?' Do you think Joseph ever thought, ‘God, why can't we consummate this thing?' By the way, in terms of Canon Law we could annul this marriage just like this - and he snapped his fingers. “We can annul it. Joseph can get another wife. Now, all I'm saying is - even if they didn't have sex, did they ever neck? or did they maybe cuddle and snuggle? Did he ever sorta fondle his wife? Did she ever kinda fondle him?” – Fr. Sparks at Religious Education Conference 2001, Los Angeles

Fr. Richard Sparks C.S.P. on himself: “When I get up in the morning and look in the mirror in the BVDs, or in the altogether, do I want to be an androgynously healthy member of the human species - NO! I wanna be a handsome, hunky guy - and I am. It's a little bigger than Mel Gibson's, but the bigger the better I say.” – Fr. Sparks at Religious Education Conference 2001, Los Angeles

Fr. Richard Sparks C.S.P. on women's breasts: “So I honestly do not know why women's breasts excite me. They are two big fat globules with little knobs on the end. I do not know why they excite me. But I like them. I like them in all sizes and shapes.” – Fr. Sparks' commercially available audiotape, Catholic Sexual Morality: More Than "Thou Shalt Nots."

Fr. Richard Sparks C.S.P. on homosexuals: “If you're celibate, committed to a partner in a relationship, or playing the field - preferrably not promiscuously [LGBT crowd titters] - if you're old or young, whatever your orientation, put yourself and your gifts at the service of God and humanity” – sermon at “LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered] Mass,” Holy Spirit/Newman Hall, 20 June 2002

It is indeed desirable for us all to put our gifts at the service of God and our neighbor, however, Fr. Sparks gave no admonition in this sermon (or in any other sermon we have seen documented) regarding Catholic teaching that all homosexual acts and premarital heterosexual acts are mortally sinful. Neither did he note Catholic teaching that when a soul is in a state of mortal sin, no grace or benefit accrues for good acts that otherwise would bring grace.

Fr. Richard Sparks C.S.P. on abortion: “I tend to be rather pro-life and pretty close to the official teaching of the Church about abortion. I believe in freedom. I believe in responsibility and so I'm not anti-choice.”– videotaped lecture, Hot Moral Topics – Homosexuality, Newman Hall, Berkeley CA, 30 July 2002

Fr. Richard Sparks C.S.P. on Holy Communion: At May 4, 2003, First Communion at Holy Spirit Parish, Berkeley CA, Fr. Sparks, the pastor, used “hosts” baked with honey. In so using invalid matter [see 1983 Code of Canon Law 924], it was impossible for the hosts to have been consecrated, so “First Communion” was no Communion at all. Fr. Sparks stole the spiritual patrimony of every family in attendance with this sacrilege. When, amongst the congregation invited to comment, one knowledgeable grandmother complained to Fr. Sparks, he boisterously and publicly berated her. When she later sent him e-mail providing documentation of Church teaching and law about valid and licit matter for Holy Communion, Sparks snidely asked her, “Do you think Jesus didn't come into the bread?” Even this sarcastic question indicates that Sparks has a profoundly disordered theology of the Eucharist. The reality of transsubstantiation, the change of the species of bread and wine into the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord and Savior is not “Jesus coming into the bread.” Claiming Divinity co-exists with bread is the heresy of consubstantiation.

The First Vatican Council, an infallible ecumenical council, explained the duty of all Catholics:
“It is a duty to believe with divine and Catholic faith all that is contained in the word of God, whether written or transmitted by Tradition, that the Church puts forward to be believed as revealed truth, either in a solemn judgment or by her ordinary and universal Magisterium.” — The Apostolic Constitution Pastor Aeternus

So, all Catholics are bound to believe all the teachings of the Church's Magisterium, including those infallible teachings from a Pope's solemn ex cathedra judgment (the extraordinary Magisterium) and the consistent teachings, never-changed and unchangeable, from 2,000 years of unbroken tradition (the ordinary Magisterium) including the Apostles, Fathers, Doctors, Popes, and Saints of the Church. You may call yourself a Catholic, but the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, not dissenters, heretics, or perverts, defines who and what is Catholic.

TRUTH IS IMMUTABLE! Yesterday's Heresy or Mortal sin cannot become today's “truth.”

The Pope as Vicar of Christ is the infallible teacher of Catholic dogma and morals:
“For the Holy Spirit was promised to the successors of Peter not so that they might, by His revelation, make known some new doctrine, but that, by His assistance, they might religiously guard and faithfully expound the revelation or Deposit of Faith transmitted by the Apostles.” — Pastor Aeternus

Bishops can, when unified with the Holy Father or speaking unanimously as an ecumenical council, speak infallibly on morals and dogma. From Vatican II:
“Although the individual bishops do not enjoy the prerogative of infallibility, they can nevertheless proclaim Christ's doctrine infallibly. This is so, even when they are dispersed around the world, provided that while maintaining the bond of unity among themselves and with Peter's successor, and while teaching authentically on a matter of faith or morals, they concur in a single viewpoint as the one which must be held conclusively. This authority is even more clearly verified when, gathered together in an ecumenical council, they are teachers and judges of faith and morals for the universal Church. Their definitions must then be adhered to with the submission of faith” – Lumen Gentium §25

It should be clear that dissenters presenting novelties do not enjoy the charism of infallibility. Dissenters misstate the role of conscience as though a lax or malformed conscience allows a “loophole” to evade infallible Church teaching. Our merciful God is also our just judge according to His standards. We are held to an authentically Catholic conscience, well-formed in His truth (Catechism of the Catholic Church §1783-1786). We do not evade eternal damnation with a lax conscience malformed in diabolical deceptions that soothe our ears. When dissenters sow doubt, consult the Catechism, encyclicals, and reliable apologists.

The Catechism of the Catholic Churchon a well-formed conscience:
§1783. CONSCIENCE must be informed and moral judgment enlightened. A well-formed CONSCIENCE is upright and truthful. It formulates its judgments according to reason, in conformity with the true good willed by the wisdom of the Creator. The education of CONSCIENCE is indispensable for human beings who are subjected to negative influences and tempted by sin to prefer their own judgment and to reject authoritative teachings.

Fr. Richard Sparks greatest weapons in his war against Catholic morality are outright heresy, moral ambiguity and malformation of Catholic consciences.

Sparks' infamous history of heretical dissent from Catholic moral teachings, his years exporting his disparagement and rejection of Magisterium, his “studied ambiguity”  (to use the Holy Father's term), and his repeated, scandalous, and blasphemous presentations sexualizing the Holy Family have been thoroughly documented. Fr. Sparks constantly departs from Catholic teaching in presentations, audiotapes, and books, some of which –according to his boasts– are ghost-written by him for various dissenting committees within the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

At a retreat held March 4, 2003, at St. Nicholas Parish, Laguna Hills CA, Fr. Sparks portrayed Christ on the Cross confused in His human will about his Divine mission – “Everything was going so well last week, Father. Why am I here on this Cross now?” So, too, when Sparks holds forth about Jesus having sex with St. Mary Magdalene, Sparks heretically postulates a conflict between Jesus' Divine and human wills, precisely the named and condemned fourth-century heresy of Nestorianism. In Catholic teaching, Christ is the Divine Person of God's Son who assumed a human nature; His human will is always in union with His Divine will and His human will is always subordinate to His Divine will. He did not experience amnesia or conflict as to who He was or whether to marry or fornicate during His ministry on earth.

Sometimes Fr. Sparks directly criticizes Catholic teaching, but most frequently Fr. Sparks simply glosses over the authentic Catholic teaching and immediately juxtaposes it with “other views” which he describes and/or defends in detail. To the best of our knowledge, in no event we or others have witnessed or documented has Fr. Sparks ever placed authentic Catholic teaching on a higher plane than the “other views” he elaborates. A rhetorical trick he frequently uses is to raise questions (often a series of questions) about morals acts – e.g. “Is abortion always sinful?” or “Are homosexual acts always sinful?””– and then says, “We can talk about that,” but he never does “talk about it” so as to clearly elucidate or defend the Magisterial teachings. He does all he can to legitimize dissent from and sow uncertainty regarding authentic Catholic teaching.
Engaging, facile, and pleasant (unless challenged), Fr. Sparks most ardent crusade is against Catholic sexual morality, especially against Catholic teaching on homosexuality. In defense of his revisionist morality, he offers snide remarks denigrating “the center,” as he refers obliquely to the Holy Father and Curia. He also offers refuted junk science in defense of tired homosexualist shibboleths. He ignores the findings of the Catholic Medical Association in its one-year review of all the relevant medical literature, Homosexuality and Hope [see
http://www.cathmed.org/publications/homosexuality.html and http://www.narth.com].

While lauding his own gift for “civil dialogue,” Fr. Sparks has often insulted Holy Mother Church and even engaged in boisterous public ad hominem attacks on questioning or critical laity using uncharitable epithets like “evil” as he begs charity for himself as though he is the victim. In short, Fr. Sparks is a vicious, manipulative, blasphemous, and sexually-obsessed heretic who has scandalized thousands of Catholics while doing Satan's work.

Fr. Richard Sparks C.S.P. versus Catholic morality

Fr. Richard Sparks C.S.P. says: We shouldn't teach that sins such as fornication might be the cause of people's damnation because “the cost is too high. It leads to a dysfunctional life. Who we are is more important than what we do.” - Contemporary Christian Morality: Real Questions, Candid Answers

The Catholic Church says: There are some concrete acts –such as fornication– that it is always wrong to choose, because choosing them entails a disorder of the will, that is, a moral evil. – Catechism of the Catholic Church 2nd. ed.§1755

Fr. Richard Sparks C.S.P. says: He opposes burdening teenagers with principles of sexual morality, because this would cause internal conflicts, leading to a “dysfunctional” way of life and an unhealthy image of God as a “strict judge or moody tyrant.” – Contemporary Christian Morality: Real Questions, Candid Answers

The Catholic Church says: Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children. They bear witness to this responsibility first by creating a home where tenderness, forgiveness, respect, fidelity, and disinterested service are the rule. The home is well suited for education in the virtues. This requires an apprenticeship in self-denial, sound judgment, and self-mastery - the preconditions of all true freedom. Parents should teach their children to subordinate the material and instinctual dimensions to interior and spiritual ones. – Catechism of the Catholic Church 2nd. ed.§2223

Fr. Richard Sparks C.S.P. says: people should “never malign the sincerity of pro-choice or pro-euthanasia people” because these are “complex issues.” – Contemporary Christian Morality: Real Questions, Candid Answers

The Catholic Church says: …We are obliged once more to declare that the direct interruption of the generative process already begun and, above all, all direct abortion, even for therapeutic reasons, are to be absolutely excluded as lawful means of regulating the number of children. Equally to be condemned, as the magisterium of the Church has affirmed on many occasions, is direct sterilization, whether of the man or of the woman, whether permanent or temporary. - Pope Paul VI, Humanae Vitae §14

Fr. Richard Sparks C.S.P. says: just about anything that pops into his smutty head.

The Catholic Church says: Scandal takes on a particular gravity by reason of the authority of those who cause it or the weakness of those who are scandalized. It prompted our Lord to utter this curse: “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.” [Mt 18:6 ; Cf. 1 Cor 8:10-13 .]

Scandal is grave when given by those who by nature or office are obliged to teach and educate others. THIS IS WHAT MAKES BP. VIGNERON'S INACTION SO CULPABLY HEINOUS!

Jesus reproaches the scribes and Pharisees on this account: he likens them to wolves in sheep's clothing. [Cf. Mt 7:15 .] – Catechism of the Catholic Church 2nd. ed.§2285

Fr. Richard Sparks C.S.P. encourages dissent from Catholic morality and teaching on many issues:
In Contemporary Christian Morality: Real Questions, Candid Answers, Sparks mentions the “official teaching of the Church,” but then proceeds to apply his “ethics of compromise” by sanctioning dissent against the teaching of the Church on contraception (pages 67-69); homosexuality (pages 77-81); and divorce (pages 139-141).

but the Catholic Church says: They are not faithful to the Church's teaching when they believe that they can justify as morally good, deliberate choices of kinds of behavior contrary to the commandments of the divine and natural law. – Pope John Paul II in Splendor Veritatis §76

Is sexuality really about self-fulfillment?

Chastity involves an attitude towards our sexuality, which includes maintaining a reverent distance from it, of refusing to embrace or express sexuality. For it is one's spouse that one is called to embrace, not one's sexuality; and it is one's love that is to be expressed, not one's sexuality. Sexual feelings are legitimate as a consequence and a part of turning to one's spouse for his or her sake. If one does not have a spouse, or can not turn to the spouse in the spousal act, one must keep a distance from sexual feelings if they arise; one must free onself from them if one has yielded. The reason for this is that when one indulges in, pursues and immerses oneself in one's sexual feelings, he turns towards himself, and away from the spouse who then becomes a means (rather than an end). – Dr. Damian Fedoryka, Topics for Catholics, v.1(4) 1993

St. Matthew the Apostle on Fr. Sparks:

But if thy brother shall offend against thee, go, and rebuke him between thee and him alone. If he shall hear thee, thou shalt gain thy brother. And if he will not hear thee, take with thee one or two more: that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may stand. And if he will not hear them: tell the church. And if he will not hear the church, let him be to thee as the heathen and publican. – Matthew 18:15-17

St. Mark the Evangelist on Fr. Sparks: For whoever is ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when He comes with the holy angels in the glory of His Father. – Mark 8:38

St. Peter the Apostle on Fr. Sparks:
But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.… and especially those who indulge the flesh in its corrupt desires and despise authority. … It has happened to them according to the true proverb, “A DOG RETURNS TO ITS OWN VOMIT,” and, “A sow, after washing, returns to wallowing in the mire.” – 2 Peter 2:1-22

St. Paul the Apostle on Fr. Sparks:
Now I beseech you, brethren, to mark them who make dissensions and offences contrary to the doctrine which you have learned, and avoid them.… For they that are such, serve not Christ our Lord, but their own belly; and by pleasing speeches and good words, seduce the hearts of the innocent. – Romans 16:17-18

And all that will live godly in Christ Jesus, shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall grow worse and worse: erring, and driving into error….For there shall be a time, when they will not endure sound doctrine; but, according to their own desires, they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears: And will indeed turn away their hearing from the truth, but will be turned unto fables. – 2 Timothy 3:12-13, 4:3-4

on FALSE TEACHERS like Sparks within the Church:
For them that are without, God will judge. Put away the evil one from among yourselves. – 1 Corinthians 5:13

But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach a gospel to you besides that which we have preached to you, let him be anathema. – Galatians 1:8

Miraculous Tears of Our Lady of Akita over Fr. Sparks: to Sister Agnes Sasagawa, October 13, 1973, an approved apparition, “… The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres...churches and altars will be sacked; the Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord.” See also: www.ewtn.com/library/MARY/AKITA.HTM

So ---what exactly does His Excellency Bp. Vigneron say of Fr. Richard C. Sparks C.S.P.?


Terry Dolorosa
Concord CA

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