Father James Altman: You cannot be Catholic & a Democrat. Period

Dear Catholics, I hope every Catholic still questioning and discerning the morality of the modern “Democrat” party, please watch this video by Fr. James Altman, of the Diocese of La Crosse:

You cannot be Catholic & a Democrat. Period.

Fr. Altman’s position was strongly endorsed by Bishop J. Strickland of Tyler, who wrote:

I endorse Fr Altman’s statement in this video. My shame is that it has taken me so long. Thank you Fr Altman for your COURAGE. If you love Jesus & His Church & this nation…pleases HEED THIS MESSAGE

Thanks be to our Lord Jesus Christ! Come Holy Spirit! Awaken Your Church! Make our light clear and true. This nation, and the world, stand in grave peril because of the confusion sown among us in our day.

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This is a good message but the Beethoven was too present in the background. IMO

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I agree. I’m sorry it was put in - the message did not need any musical embellishment.

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It certainly gave me a hankering for the Beethoven - here’s a link:

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Is better to a catholic be catholic only without politics mumble jumble view, both left and right in Brazil stained our Church.

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Same in US…

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This is like the tenth thread on this exact theme.

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And I doubt it will be the last.

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I wish I had the time to adequately rebut Fr. Altman’s statements, because they are wrong on so many levels. Thankfully, someone has done the rebuttal for me.

phatcatholic.blogspot.com/2020/09/response-to-fr-james-altmans-video-you.html

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Years ago, there was a show on tv with two men debating whether Jesus would have been a Republican or a Democrat. They each brought up interesting points for their side.

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I haven’t watched your video, because I can’t. The sound isn’t working on my computer, and I prefer to leave it that way. But the title is a giveaway: “You cannot be Catholic and a Democrat, period.” There are millions of people out there who are both Catholics and Democrats, just as there are millions of people out there who are both Catholics and Republicans. The plain facts refute Fr. Altman’s overconfident assertion. He allowed himself to be carried away by his own rhetoric.

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How many times does someone need to post this link and start yet another discussion on it?

For some people, what he says resonates and confirms their thoughts. For others, he’s wrong.

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Thankfully it will all be over in early November.

Until then, brace yourselves or be prepared to exercise the ‘Ignore’ button a lot.

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He’s not arguing the fact that there are Catholic Democrats. A more accurate title that sums up his premise would be, “You cannot be Catholic and Democrat if you want to go to Heaven,” but this this is doctrinally simplistic to the point of being fallacious, and he should know better.

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I think we may safely assume that it wasn’t Fr. ALtman’s intention to argue that. Nevertheless, if he had taken the trouble to reread what he had written before hitting “Send,” he would have realized that he is, in fact, asserting precisely that.

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Respectfully, I will have to disagree with this. No matter which party wins the White House in November, the issues will still be out there, because the US is fundamentally divided — prolife/pro choice, capitalistic/socialistic, and other issues as well. This is not unlike the US in the 1840s and 50s when the big issue was slavery. I just hope that it doesn’t come down to needing another civil war to determine the country’s direction.

Pax

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Actually, you can be both Catholic and Democrat, but you will be very bad at one or the other.

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More like the 100th.

Depends on how you define “bad”.

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He would have been a Christian, which is basically incompatible with both Democrats and Republicans :slight_smile:

We have this tendency to think that Democrats and Republicans are polar opposites, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. They’re both corrupt, and they both propose big government as the solution to everything. We need to find our solutions in Christ, not the GOP.

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Having the bishop endorse that statement seems like it could jeopardize the tax-exempt status of his diocese. From the IRS website:

Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c )(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office.

…voter education or registration activities with evidence of bias that (a) would favor one candidate over another; (b) oppose a candidate in some manner; or (c ) have the effect of favoring a candidate or group of candidates, will constitute prohibited participation or intervention.

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