Catholic priest: ‘You cannot be Catholic and be a Democrat. Period’
Among Christians, it’s usually the Protestants – most notably Baptists and Pentecostals – who are best known for preaching fire and brimstone to the faithful.
But the Rev. James Altman, pastor of the St. James the Less Catholic Church in Wisconsin, recently unloaded a little ol’ time religion for the political realm.
In a 10-minute video on YouTube that first aired last month, that now has been viewed almost 373,000 times, Altman argues, “You cannot be Catholic and be a Democrat. Period.”
The priest’s talk begins with a prayer and references to essential Catholic doctrine, asserting, by human nature, “we will not willingly serve a God who we do not love, and we will not love a God we do not know.”
He then maintains that Catholics are failing in that regard, as seen by “the many godless politicians, and the godless educational system, and the godlessness of so many sheeple,” as images of Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and presidential nominee Joe Biden flash on the screen.
Both Pelosi and Biden are Catholic. The images selected for Altman’s video show Pelosi speaking at a pro-choice rally, and Biden observing what appears to be a gay wedding. The Catholic Church vigorously opposes both.
Altman said it was “baloney” that Catholics should remain silent about politics. When “politics and politicians act in an immoral way, we most certainly do have a duty and an obligation to speak up about it,” Altman said.
He then noted that the Rev. James Martin, a liberal Catholic priest from Pennsylvania, was a guest speaker at the Democratic National Convention.
“I guess it’s OK for James Martin to spout off for the Democrats on their national stage but, God forbid, a priest speak out against their godless platform,” Altman said.
“Here’s a memo to clueless, baptized Catholics out there: You cannot be Catholic and be a Democrat. Period,” Altman said. “Their party platform is absolutely against everything the Catholic Church teaches.”
He then urges Catholic Democrats to “repent” of their support for the party’s ideology — or “face the fires of Hell.”
“There will be 60 million, and counting, aborted babies standing at the gates of heaven barring your Democrat entrance, and nothing you can say will ever excuse you for your direct or indirect support of that diabolical agenda,” Altman maintained.
He then calls out “gutless cowards” among Catholic clergy who refuse to make that point “crystal clear.”
Altman further noted that “zero” faithful Catholics supported Barack Obama and Biden in 2008 and ’12. Those Catholics who did were “pretenders,” “impostors,” and “a lot of people masquerading as Catholics, laity and clergy alike.”
In defense of President Donald Trump, Altman also denounced bishops who support attacks on the “one, best pro-life president and his Catholic wife,” and who “silence any priest who dares to step out of line.”
He concluded by saying that the Catholic Church risks losing more of the faithful because of a hierarchy that refuses to “straighten up” their ways and that “covers up truth through a conspiracy of fear.”
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