A pastor of the Roman Catholic Church in Wisconsin who told his congregation to avoid the Covid-19 vaccine and to preach politics on the right side of the pulpit has been asked to step down by his bishop.
Rev. James Altman, St. The Roman Catholic Church in La Crosse made the announcement during a sermon on Sunday, calling himself a “victim of canceling.”
"If the whites on the left, as they do, as a corrupt group often enough, succeed in erasing so many words of truth," he said. "And now as they complain about us, if I may say it, the girdle kids are not, to cancel me."
Altman, whose sermon was posted on YouTube, said Archbishop William Callahan of the Diocese of La Crosse had asked him to resign Friday and called him "divorced and unemployed." He said he had joined the canon's attorney and intended to challenge the bishop's decision, but that would be his last sermon as a pastor.
"I am not a legal expert, but only understanding that when we oppose the bishop's request - and we - he can actually appoint a district superintendent while I remain a pastor without jobs until the appeal is passed in Rome, which can take up to a year or more," he said.
Some church members were heard in the "No."
News has come to the fore of Jack Felsheim, a spokesman for the Diocese of La Crosse, and Altman.
The Facebook page of the Friends of Father James Altman, which doubled in size to 1,600 members in April, contains posts and comments expressing outrage at the priest, as well as false claims "there is no science behind covidism" and baseless allegations. about the potential risks of Covid-19 vaccines.
“I can't see a picture on that stage at St James the Less Church without Fr. Altman, ”wrote one churchman. "Woe to you Bishop William Callahan and all you other wolves in sheep's clothing."
“It's heartbreaking,” wrote one.
In an earlier statement, Catholic theologian Jason Steidl said that Callahan had the power to expel an “Alt-right priest” like Altman but that he risked opposing church members who liked his message.
"Most Catholics today visit parishes where they agree with the priest," he said. “If a priest always preaches something they don't like, they'll go and find a district that suits them better. Therefore, many priests preached to the choir. ”
Altman has sparked controversy over the years by accusing the Black Lives Matter organization and making other false claims about climate change and the racism and harassment of homosexuals that often occur in right-wing newspapers.
Prior to the presidential election, he emphasized in a video produced and posted on YouTube by the right-wing party that "you cannot be a Catholic and be a Democrat."
In connection with the epidemic that killed nearly 594,00 people in the United States and caused more than 33 million illnesses, Altman called it a “fraud” during Easter weekend services that attracted 300 to 500 ministers, several of whom wore masks. faces or distances from society, reports The Crosse Tribune.
Also, Altman-approved church notes have been riddled with Covid-19 misinformation and baseless claims about the effectiveness and safety of vaccines.
Altman's epidemic preaching was against Callahan and opposed Victoria, in December it was said that taking the drug was "morally acceptable."
Both Pope Francis, and his predecessor, Pope Benedict, have been vaccinated against Covid-19. And when it comes to vaccination, many Catholics seem to ignore the right-wing clergy like Altman and Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas, and to get guns, according to a recent poll by the Public Religion Research Institute and the Interfaith Youth Core.
"There is not a single word in Alman's word for hatred or dangerous acts in connection with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and now Archbishop Callahan has made it clear that Altman does not speak of the Catholic Church," Nathan Empsall, head of the Faithful America Christian watch group, said in a statement.
"We pray for all those who have been victims of falsehoods and the exploitation of false prophets like James Altman, and urge all our brothers and sisters in Christ to get a safe and effective Covid-19 vaccine as soon as possible," said Empsall, an Episcopalian group who also criticized Protestants for such things. and spreading Islamic hatred.