Tuesday, September 8, 2020


 For the National Chismatic Reporter, women’s ordination, gender ideology, as well as being pro-choice has become its hallmark. It is beyond me why the local bishop where the NCR is headquartered tells them they cannot use the name Catholic in their name and claim any affiliation with the Catholic Church. 

Correct me if i am wrong, but didn’t Michael Voris obey his bishop’s request that the Vortex or the Church Militant no longer use “Catholic” in its name. He at least had the good graces to comply, which I am glad he did. 

Yet, this article impugns the integrity of the Bishop of Tyler, Texas for endorsing a video which the Chismatic says in homophobic and anti-immigrant. Of course for the left, the label “homophobic” is like calling someone the “n” word since the homophobic person should be marginalized, have his civil rights taken away and segregated from the rest of society. 

But is it homophobic and is the NCR pro-lifephobic? 

Texas bishop endorses video claiming faithful Catholics can't support Democratic candidates


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Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas, speaks from the floor during the fall general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore Nov. 11, 2019. (CNS/Bob Roller) 

Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas, has endorsed a video that includes anti-immigrant remarks and homophobic slurs by a priest of Wisconsin in which the priest claims, “You cannot be Catholic and be a Democrat.”

The video was released Aug. 30 by Fr. James Altman, pastor of St. James the Less Catholic Church in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and has since received more than 298,000 views. 

In the 10-minute video, set to ominous music and dark lighting, the priest slams Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Washington D.C., for his criticism of President Donald Trump’s photo-op and appearance at the St. John Paul II National Shrine earlier this summer. He also criticizes Jesuit Fr. James Martin and his closing prayer at the Democratic National Convention; refers to participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects immigrants who entered the United States as minors from deportation, as “criminal illegal aliens"; and calls climate change a hoax. 



Anonymous said...

Fr. Altman wanted to prove how masculine, how virile, how "manly" he is by using a slur against Fr. Martin.

Knowing that he would get in trouble - and rightly so - be calling him something like a disgusting faggot or a limp-wristed pansy, he, ALtman, opted for describing Fr. Martin as "prancing" at the Democratic convention.

Homophobic? Minimally. Reprehensible? Yep.

qwikness said...

Maybe Catholics shouldn't be either Democrat or Republican. Libertarians won't work, they for all kind of Catholics shouldn't support. No Party fits perfectly. If we said we vote Catholic instead of for a Party it would better describe how we think. Pie in the sky but I feel homeless as far as political parties.

Fr. Michael Kavanaugh said...

qwik- Politics has been described as "The Art of the Possible." Someone has said this means "It's not about what's right or what's best. It's about what you can actually get done".

Think of the Missouri Compromise, the choice of Washington DC as our capital, or the decision to withdraw troops from Vietnam.

There is no perfect choice when it comes to candidates for any office. There is no perfct solution for a problem facing a commuity be it lack of afforcable housing, problems with crime, overburdened road infrastructure and traffic, or storm water run-off.

Politics is generally concerned with getting done what can be done. An office holder may have his/her ideals and values, but if those ideals prevent him/her from accomplishing anything, of what value is that person to the community.

We all have our pie in the sky hopes and ideas, but we have to live - and vote - in the real world.

Anonymous said...


The only problem with what you suggest is that the Democratic Party’s platform supports intrinsic evils, like abortion, while the Republican Party’s does not. But corrupt bishops and priests will nonetheless vote for the Party of Intrinsic Evils!

Anonymous said...

Never heard of this Father Altman.....while he tries to make some reasonable points he fails miserably with his presentation, right down to the distracting background music.

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

Is this priest a prophet with a prophet's perchance of hyperbole and angering his hearer? Jesus calls the pharisees or was it the saducees, or is it us, "a brood of vipers." Old Testament prophets did not mince their words either often being chased away for the many of delivery of the message.

No I didn't like this priest calling out heterodox Catholics and saying they aren't Catholic. But maybe God led this on his heart to say?

I did not like and found it heterodox that he couldn't love someone he doesn't know in a far off land and thus couldn't do anything for them. Of course he can, he can pray for them, hope that world governments come to the assistance of those suffering from war, famine and the like.

Be that as it may, prophets are a mess and God chooses them nonetheless. Is this priest a prophet? I don't know. I'll wait for the Church to decide. But Bishop Strictland believes part of his message about abortion is prophetic and needs to be heard.

Anonymous said...

Good points...especially about the abortion issue.......but the presentation in my minds eye still distracts from the message. Or at least hearing it differently. I will say however...the last piece....from The Passion of the Christ Crucifixion scene was a good distraction at least. But I was listening more to the music than the message.

Anonymous said...

What's a "perchance of hyperbole"?

The "I don't love people in Borneo" explains the error that underlies his misunderstanding of Catholic doctrine. He thinks it's all abouit "him."

Anonymous said...

When you have bishops and priests voting for the Abortion Party, you know the Church is in a sorry state