Have you heard about the hot holy mess in La Crosse?
The La Crosse Diocese wants a priest to resign. Naturally the news media which has a lengthy history of bashing Catholics calls the priest “controversial.”
Father James Altman is a courageous fighting hero. And this past Sunday he vowed to fight for his parish.
Altman told parishioners at Saint James The Less during his homily Sunday, “They want my head on a platter.” Altman told church members that Bishop William Callahan asked him to resign last week because he is “divisive and ineffective.”
The priest has said people cannot be both Catholics and Democrats and compared the political left to Nazis. He also has criticized the dioceses for not holding in-person Mass during the pandemic. Altman called COVID-19 an “alleged virus” and encouraged people not to receive the vaccine, calling it “experimental.”
During Sunday Mass, Altman said he will not resign, but the Mass could be his last. Altman also said has a lawyer and that it could take more than a year for the Vatican to review his case.
About his critics Altman said, “Why is any good Catholic complaining about me being divisive? The answer, dear family, is no good Catholic is complaining. As a matter of fact, good Catholics from around the world have been supportive. Unfortunately from our cancel culture, if the left whines, like they do, like spoiled brats often enough, they succeed in canceling so many voices of truth. And now they are whining like, if I may say it, like the pansy babies they are, to cancel me.”
The Diocese of La Crosse in a statement said, “The ministry of pastor was instituted in the Church not for the benefit of the one to whom it is entrusted, but for the pastoral and sacramental care of those for whom it is conferred. The salvation of souls takes precedence over the stability of the pastor in office when these two values come into direct conflict. Although attempts were made to allow Fr. Altman the opportunity to respond to fraternal correction, a resolution of this situation has been unsuccessful.”
As of Monday, a Give Send Go platform campaign to collect funds to assist Fr. Altman in his legal defense had raised more than $120,000.
Demonstrating support for Fr. Altman, one of my fellow parishioners at our church in Milwaukee sent this letter today:
May 27, 2021
Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Papal Nuncio
3339 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008-3610
I ask that Bishop Callahan be removed from his office because of his unjust treatment of Fr James Altman who is a holy and faithful priest at St James the Less Catholic Church in LaCrosse Wisconsin, Bulletin (saintjameslax.com). Bishop Callahan began persecuting this faithful priest last Fall for boldly speaking Catholic Truth. Fr Altman said, “You can’t be Catholic and be a Democrat.” Here is his homily clearly explaining why that statement is not only true but, why the Faithful need to hear it. Too many good priests are being persecuted and marginalized by wolves in shepherd’s clothing for speaking the Truth.
Bishop Callahan says Fr. Altman is divisive and ineffective. Of course, he’s divisive. Just as Our Lord was divisive; separating Truth from lies, light from dark, good from evil. Our Lord gave us the Church and the Holy Spirit to lead us in Truth to salvation. For the sake of God’s children and their eternal lives, we need priests just like Fr. Altman. And we have many of them. What we don’t need are Bishops who silence and marginalize these good priests. Only one U.S. bishop – Bishop Strickland in Tyler Texas has come to Fr Altman’s defense, affirming that Fr. Altman should be speaking out on the things Catholics need to hear: Bp. Strickland Backs Fr. Altman (churchmilitant.com). When Terry Barber, president of Virgin Most Powerful Radio (VMPR) asked him if he’d accept Altman into his diocese should the opportunity arise, Stickland immediately responded, “Absolutely.” “He would be absolutely welcome here. And I’m blessed to have many priests … who appreciate his speaking up and are trying to do their best to do the same thing,” added Strickland. Our Lord’s Church is blessed to have priests like Fr. Altman and bishops like Bishop Strickland. We need more of them. We do not need Bishops like Callahan. Please remove him.
Here is the video the above letter writer referred to. Please watch in its entirety, and God bless Fr. Altman.