In a homily shortly after the 2020 election, Fr. James Altman of La Crosse, Wisconsin, criticized the “godlessness of the Democrats” and urged people of faith to never give up.
He also had some harsh words for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which released a statement congratulating Joe Biden on his declared victory and calling him “the second United States president to profess the Catholic faith.”
“Here’s a memo to the USCCB: Biden does not profess the Catholic faith. Period,” said Altman, calling the USCCB statement a “betrayal.”
“Joe Biden is anything but a faithful Catholic,” he said, suggesting that the USCCB’s voter guide “knowingly and intentionally” did not make clear “that a faithful Catholic cannot vote for a politician or party that notoriously promotes the satanic slaughter of babies.”
Altman said the most common question he’s received since the election is: “now what?”
“To the truly faithful Catholics here and around the world, to all the truly faithful Catholics, I only can say: henceforth, the blood of every slaughtered baby, and the loss of every soul due to godless, intrinsically-evil policies put in place by the godless regime ostensibly elected, is on the hands of every shepherd who did not make it crystal clear, just as the Democratic Party said you cannot be a Democrat and be pro-life, amen, I say to you again, you cannot be Catholic and vote for a Democrat,” Altman said.
Throughout his homily, Altman drew from the wisdom of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, who said “a nation always gets the kind of politicians it deserves.”
“So, dear family, to all who are troubled by the events of this past week: don’t give up. Don’t give up. You’re called to martyrdom, red or white,” Altman concluded. “The world must hate us. Jesus said so. If the world isn’t hating us, we’re not doing our job, we’re not fulfilling our vocation to our faith.”