Catholic priest says Democrats are going to hell – and Texas bishop endorses him

9 September 2020

Bishop Joseph Strickland. (YouTube screen grab)

A video by a Wisconsin priest in which he condemns Democrats as “godless” and warns Catholics not to vote for them has gained the approval of a Texas bishop. Newsweek reports:

A Texas bishop has backed a Wisconsin priest’s claims that Catholics who support the Democrats are going to hell due to the party’s “godless platform.”

James Altman of St. James the Less Roman Catholic Church in La Crosse said, in a message since viewed more than 300,000 times on YouTube, that those who back the Democrats should repent or “face the fires of hell.”

He referenced “godless politicians” and said the Catholic church is a “moral power,” which justified him commenting upon political issues if lawmakers acted in an “immoral way.”

“Here is a memo to clueless baptized Catholics out there: You cannot be Catholic and be a Democrat. Period,” Altman said in the video posted on 30 August. “The party platform absolutely is against everything the Catholic Church teaches, so just quit pretending that you’re Catholic and vote Democrat. Repent of your support of that party and its platform or face the fires of hell.”

Among the other claims in the video, Altman says no real Catholics voted for Barack Obama and that Catholic church leaders are “hypocrites” and “gutless cowards” for not getting more involved in politics and taking a stronger stance against certain issues.

Bishop Joseph Strickland, who heads the Diocese of Tyler, Texas, tweeted his endorsement of Altman’s statement.

“As the Bishop of Tyler I endorse Fr Altman’s statement in this video. My shame is that it has taken me so long. Thank you Fr Altman for your COURAGE. If you love Jesus & His Church & this nation…pleases HEED THIS MESSAGE.”

Fr. James Altman: You cannot be Catholic & a Democrat. Period.

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  1. You do know that Trump is pro life. Just listen to his right hand man, Cohen. Maybe you aren’t very informed or maybe you like ‘gifts’ from the White House. Stay out of politics or you are a fake priest. I’ve been raised as a good Catholic and comments like yours were never said openly in the past. By the way, there’s been SIX Republicans since 1973 and nothing was done by them.

  2. I was raised a Catholic but over the years ( I am 77 years old now ) I find that all religions are nothing but a bunch of hypocrites. They say one thing and do another. We the people are god and the devil in one. We can do good or we can be evil. You do not need religion to do good on this earth you just have to be good yourself.

  3. If Trump is so Godly how can he pay off a stripper and a porn star not to say anything about his affairs? How can he rip babies mother’s from their arms and put them in cages? How can he take money from a fake university? How can he mock disabled people? How can he condone grabbir or touching or kissing women without their consent. How can he mock so many people, especially those of color? How can he mock those who serve or are serving in the military? How can he lie and break the law? How could he lie about covid causing nearly 200,000 deaths? So I ask you how could you support the devil himself? He has committed several very serious sins. He needs to be held accountable for his actions!


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