It was reported on Monday by Life News that Fr. James Altman of St. James the Less parish on La Crosse, Wisconsin’s North Side has been asked to resign by Bishop William Callahan over his recent statements criticizing pro-abortion Democrats and their views.
Life News reports:
The Wisconsin priest told his parishioners Sunday that Bishop William Callahan of the Diocese of La Crosse accused him of being “divisive and ineffective,” the La Crosse Tribune reports.
“As the bishop has stated to me: I am ineffective. So for the record, dear family, Bishop Callahan has asked me to resign as pastor as of this past Friday, two days ago, because I am divisive and ineffective,” Altman said.
Ahead of the presidential election last year, Altman made some strong, controversial statements about Catholics’ role in politics in America.
In a video that drew national attention, the priest insisted that Catholics cannot vote Democrat because of the party’s radical pro-abortion stance. He faulted “gutless cowards in the clergy” for failing to teach Catholics the truth about God and the value of every human life.
“You can not 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 [if you] vote Democrat.”
“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 here in the end,” he continued.
Bishop Joseph Strickland of the Diocese of Tyler in Texas defended Altman in a post on Twitter, writing, “Fr James Altman is in trouble for speaking the truth. I originally supported him when he spoke bold truth during the election. I continue to support him for speaking the truth in Jesus Christ. He inspires many to keep the faith during these dark days. Let us pray for him.”
Fr James Altman is in trouble for speaking the truth. I originally supported him when he spoke bold truth during the election. I continue to support him for speaking the truth in Jesus Christ. He inspires many to keep the faith during these dark days. Let us pray for him.
— Bishop J. Strickland (@Bishopoftyler) May 24, 2021