9 September 2020
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.”
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 https://t.co/D413G0lfQV
— Bishop J. Strickland (@Bishopoftyler) September 5, 2020
Fr. James Altman: You cannot be Catholic & a Democrat. Period.
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