Priest Calls on Democrat-voting Catholics to Repent, Bishop Agrees
Written by Luis Miguel
A Wisconsin priest who called on Catholic Democrats to revoke their support for the party or “face the fires of Hell” was backed up by a Texas Bishop.
Father James Altman, who pastors St. James the Less Catholic Church in La Crosse, Wisconsin, began by condemning Father James Martin over his participation in the DNC.
Altman posted a 10-minute video to YouTube in which he called Martin a “hyper, confusion-spreading heretic” and argued that the modern Democratic Party’s platform is antithetical to the teachings of the Catholic Church.
“Here is a memo to clueless baptized Catholics out there: You cannot be Catholic and be a Democrat. Period,” Altman said in his video. “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.”
Bishop Joseph Strickland of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston then stepped in on Twitter to approve of Altman’s remarks.
Martin, who is a Vatican consultant, said last week on Twitter that he had heard many priests saying that voting for Joe Biden is a mortal sin.
Fox News notes:
“A Pew Research survey from August found that White Catholics support Trump over Biden 59 to 40 percent, but only 33 percent Hispanic Catholics support Trump and 65 percent said they support Biden. For the past four election cycles, White Catholics have gone for the Republican candidate and Hispanic Catholics have overwhelmingly voted Democrat.”
Martin’s appearance at the Democratic National Convention was unsurprising. The Catholic cleric has a long history of supporting left-wing causes, including social issues (such as the LGBTQ movement) that are in conflict with Catholic doctrine.
Last year, for example, Martin shared art on Twitter that depicted Jesus as a gay man. He has also advocated for the church’s acceptance of gay families.
Martin, who was a frequent guest on Stephen Colbert’s Colbert Report while the program still aired, was appointed by Pope Francis as a consultant to the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communications in 2017.
Former Vice President Joe Biden is a Catholic. Last fall, a South Carolina priest denied him Communion because of his pro-abortion stance.
“Sadly, this past Sunday, I had to refuse Holy Communion to former Vice President Joe Biden,” Father Morey told the South Carolina Morning News.
“Holy Communion signifies we are one with God, each other and the Church. Our actions should reflect that. Any public figure who advocates for abortion places himself or herself outside of Church teaching.”
“I will keep Mr. Biden in my prayers,” Morey said in the statement.
And this week, Bishop Rick Stika of the Diocese of Knoxville criticized Biden for regularly citing Pope Francis while ignoring the pontiff’s condemnation of abortion.
“I would like to be a speech writer for Mr. Biden and Mrs. Pelosi, who both state they are faithful Catholics,” Strike wrote on Twitter, going on to quote Pope Francis on the practice of abortion: “Unfortunately, what is thrown away is not only food and dispensable objects, but often human beings themselves, who are discarded as ‘unnecessary.’ For example, it is frightful even to think there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day.”
On other occasions, the pope has called abortion a “scourge” and compared abortionists to a “hit man.”
“I ask you,” Pope Francis said, “is it right to ‘bump off’ a human life to solve a problem? Is it right to hire a hitman to solve a problem? You cannot, it is not right to ‘bump off’ a human being, no matter how small, to solve a problem.”
While the pope has been very vocal about his socialist views on a range of issues from the economy and climate to migration, his position on abortion has been one of the spheres in which he has remained on the side of traditional morality.
Democrats want to avoid depicting themselves as the anti-Christian party, at least among the minorities whose votes they so desperately need. But when their platform makes open war on America’s heritage of faith — particularly when it comes to the sanctity of life — how can Christians in good conscience pull the lever for the Democrat slate?
Luis Miguel is a marketer and writer whose journalistic endeavors shed light on the Deep State, the immigration crisis, and the enemies of freedom. Follow his exploits on Facebook, Twitter, Bitchute, and at luisantoniomiguel.com.
Courtesy of The New American