Photos: Catholics hold prayer rally in support of embattled priest, Fr. James Altman

Sunday’s rally took place in La Crosse, Wisconsin, outside the Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman.

All photos and video taken by photojournalist Rebecca Brannon.

Catholics from across the Midwest gathered for a peaceful prayer rally Sunday in support of Fr. James Altman, whose viral video produced for Alpha News has garnered a rebuke from his bishop and attacks from far-left publications.

“Here’s a memo to clueless baptized Catholics out there: you cannot be Catholic and a Democrat. Period. Their party platform absolutely is against everything the Catholic Church teaches. Just quit pretending that you’re Catholic and vote Democrat. Repent of your support of that party and its platform or face the fires of hell,” Altman states in the video.

The video quickly went viral and prompted smears from left-wing Catholics.

After “being pressured by both sides for a comment,” Bishop William Patrick Callahan of the Diocese of La Crosse said he understands “the undeniable truth that motivates” Altman’s message, but plans to pursue “canonical penalties” if his “attempts at fraternal correction do not work.”

Sunday’s rally took place in La Crosse, Wisconsin, outside the Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman.

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