The Catholic Church: Down with Catholic teachings!
Up with the leftist Democratic Party!
They’re coming for you next: A Wisconsin priest was removed from his parish by his superiors in the Catholic Church in late May because he has bluntly condemned Democratic Party politicians for their “pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage, and pro-transgender agendas” that violate the church’s foundational teachings.
The priest, James Altman, is most well known for a video homily he posted that stated the following:
“Here’s a memo to clueless baptized Catholics out there: You cannot be Catholic and be a Democrat. Period,” Altman said in the video. “Their 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.”
Altman’s homily also strongly criticized his own superiors for their willingness to protect these same Democrats, no matter what those Democrats do.
I am not Catholic but I do know the church’s most basic tenets, which are pro-life and insist that marriage must be between a man and a woman in order to properly raise children. Anyone with the slightest intellectual honesty knows that the Democratic Party opposes those tenets in word and deed, and has for decades. To make believe otherwise is to believe in fantasy, something that the leadership in the Catholic Church has become very good at in recent years. Altman was simply calling them on it.
Altman has since founded an organization called Coalition for Canceled Priests, focused on defending blacklisted priests like himself. He backed up his support with a $100,000 donation, raised by supporters for his own defense since his ouster.
The issue here is not whether the Catholic Church’s tenets are correct. That is beside the point. The issue is that it has those tenets, and if you are Catholic you are expected to follow them. If you are a priest or bishop of that church you are expected to defend them. This is what Altman was quite properly doing. For doing so, his own church leader fired him, proving somewhat bluntly that the present leadership in the Catholic Church no longer believes in its own religion.
More important, this action shows that the present church hierarchy now wishes to put politics above its own teachings while protecting the leftist ideals advocated by the Democratic Party. To achieve this it is now willing blacklist anyone who does otherwise.
It was a similar conflict in the Catholic Church that led to the Reformation in the 16th century. The church hierarchy was then corrupt and refused to follow the plain words in the bible. Many priests rebelled, and ended up being forced to form their own churches independent of that corrupt hierarchy. The time may be coming when modern priests like Altman will have to do the same.
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