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CROSS PLAINS, Wisconsin, July 14, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — The popular Father Richard Heilman has firmly defended Father James Altman amid his sanctions, saying that the saints and Christ Himself also “overstepped their boundaries” by calling out the hierarchy of their time.

Heilman, who is pastor of St. Mary of Pine Bluff Catholic Church in Wisconsin, and a friend of Altman’s, expressed his shock and dismay over the removal of Altman’s faculties during a homily he gave this past Sunday.  

“We’re living in a tumultuous time,” said Heilman, who was quick to add, “I always qualify by saying I have great hope. And I believe and I hope I'm right about this, that this is a time when evil is being drawn out from the darkness, so it can be seen easily for what it is.”

Heilman believes that “we have some bishops that are trying to be in league with the powers that be,” and that these bishops now “compromise their morals, ethics, truth,” to “keep the money train coming.” 

“And so there are those bishops that are appeasing the tyrants, and there are those bishops afraid of the bishops who are appeasing the tyrants. It’s hard to find any bishops who don’t fall into one of those two categories right now,” continued Heilman.

“And you have Fr. Altman who is shining a bright light on all this, and it’s almost like you can see the panic. ‘No, you can’t say that, you can’t do that.’ And it’s happening to other priests, those who are offering a reverent Mass and speaking the truth. That pretty much sums up the identity of those who are being persecuted right now.

“But what’s very disheartening is to see as they are being assaulted, attacked, censored, persecuted, is to see those who you thought, aren’t you in our company? Aren’t you in our kind of inner circle, our family of God? Yet you see people joining ranks with those who are persecuting these priests.

“One of the accusations that’s thrown, for instance, at Fr. Altman, is that it’s the cult of personality, like Father Corapi, they’ll say.

“And I’m going ‘really? So what you’re saying then is that anyone who inspires people, and they appreciate his message and look forward to the next message that he offers, automatically that places them in a category of cult of personality.’

“I said, ‘then you have to say that about Jesus’,” Heilman continued.

Heilman said that “you’ll see saints” who spoke in a vein similar to St. John the Baptists’ rebuke to Pharisees and Sadducees, “You brood of vipers!”

“Google Saint Peter Damian’s quotes,” said Heilman. St. Damian is known in part for his searing denunciation of sodomy among the clergy in his Book of Gomorrah.

“I’m talking about John the Baptist, Jesus Christ. People who stood up to the hierarchy of their time, and said ‘No, you can’t do this.’ That isn’t disobedience. That’s shining a light in our times.”

By contrast, Heilman said, there are those who try to hush such truth-tellers, who say, “Wait wait wait — the elites, the cabal, the tyrants of our times are going to get upset with your truth. You’re being divisive.”
“You’re upsetting people who want to hold onto their worldly sins while counting themselves as a child of the light, and then come and receive Communion and model that for the rest of the kingdom of God,” Heilman continued.

“And then you have hierarchy who are saying ‘come on, yes, this is the new normal. Go ahead and believe whatever horrendous thing, abomination unto God. Practice it, promote it, and then come and receive communion. And if you dare speak out against that, you’re divisive. And you need to be put out.’ That’s where we’re at right now.

“And some are saying ‘Shhh! we’re taking the long view here. We’ll chip at this piece by piece.’”

Heilman said he was reminded of the movie “Sing a Little Louder,” in which a minister tells his choir to sing louder in order to drown out the cries of prisoners on their way to concentration camps, who are crying out for help from their train.

“What’s that like?” said Heilman.

“1.7 billion babies. Under our watch. I gotta watch as a cardinal says ‘come on, President, and receive your Communion, even though you are the number one most influential and powerful person promoting tearing apart children from limb from limb.’ 1.7 billion worldwide since 1973.

But we're taking the ‘long view.’” 

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Following the US Supreme Court's decision to allow Texas' Heartbeat Law to go into effect, Joe Biden made the announcement that he would initiate a "whole-of-government" response against the new pro-life statute which could ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

This is yet another, outright confirmation of Biden's openly pro-abortion policies, policies which have the main objective of ensuring that women will continue to be able to kill their own children without impediment.

This anti-life, anti-Catholic stance needs to be urgently addressed and condemned by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

For the good of the Church, for the good of pre-born babies, for the good of the faithful, and, indeed, for his own good, Joe Biden needs to be publicly rebuked by the bishops and excommunicated until such time as he repents from his pro-abortion policies.

Please continue to SIGN and SHARE this petition, which asks the bishops of the United States to act in unison to exclude Joe Biden from Holy Communion for his scandalous promotion of abortion - the murder of the innocent.

After signing, please take a moment to CONTACT the offices of the USCCB to politely, but firmly, encourage the Conference to take the necessary steps to exclude from Holy Communion public officials who continue to show blatant disregard for innocent human life and the Church's teaching.

The USCCB's Office phone number is: 202.541.3000

Thank you!


"No man can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one, and love the other: or he will sustain the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon." - Matthew 6:24

In the lead-up to their meeting in mid-June, we call on the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to exclude Joe Biden and other “Catholic” politicians (like, Nancy Pelosi) from Holy Communion over their public, obstinate, and scandalous promotion of abortion.

Please SIGN and SHARE this petition which asks the USCCB to act to stop the abuse of the reception of the Holy Eucharist by politicians who promote the murder of innocent pre-born babies.

We know that making a decision to exclude public figures from Holy Communion is not easy. But, sometimes, this is the only way to make them understand the error of their ways, and to preserve the Church from serious scandal.

Indeed, Canon Law (Canon 915) declares that those who persist in manifest, grave sin should not be admitted to Holy Communion

Beyond that, at this point, public excommunication appears as the only suitable response for Biden's obstinate, public and grave sin of promoting abortion.

In doing so, we do not hold ourselves up as judges over Joe Biden's eternal soul, but we encourage the bishops to make known one of the consequences of public and obstinate support of abortion by our 'Catholic' politicians.

The fact is, in terms of the manifest, grave sin of abortion, Joe Biden is as bad as he said he would be before the election.

Therefore, it is cold comfort that the USCCB is only preparing to discuss this issue only now.

But even now, if the USCCB publicly excommunicate Biden for his pro-abortion stance (as well as other pro-abortion politicians), the Conference could reclaim some of the moral authority which they lost by their largely silent assent to Biden's candidacy.

Please SIGN and SHARE this petition, now.

Since Joe Biden was sworn-in on the 20th of January, he has wasted no time in signing orders and bills which facilitate the destruction of unborn human life.

  • In one executive order, Biden rescinded the Mexico City Policy prohibiting the federal government from spending taxpayer monies on abortion and the promotion of abortion.
  • Biden also signed (instead of vetoing) the COVID relief bill, which, for the first time in 44 years, contained funding for abortions in America, using taxpayer dollars.
  • Biden said that he wouldn't defend Hyde, and he hasn't.

And, if he and the Democratic Party get their way, a lot more of the same regarding abortion is on the way.

Strong action must be taken lest anyone, especially young people, be confused by the scandal of a "Catholic" in Biden's position aggressively promoting abortion, enabling the killing of innocent human beings.

American rank-and-file Catholics don't want any more compromise and equivocation from the Bishops Conference on this "pre-eminent" life-and-death issue.

We want clear action, not twenty more years of dithering and "dialoguing."

50 million babies have been lost to abortion in the U.S. since Roe!

So, we will NOT accept any more lives lost as a result of dithering and "dialoguing." [**Please see "Notes" below about how it has been reported that some senior U.S. clerics are trying to prevent this discussion from even taking place.]

And, we will especially NOT accept one life lost to abortion by politicians who claim the Catholic Faith, but who promote grave evil. God forbid!

With all due respect to these bishops, they diminish the Holy Eucharist and their high office, as well as cause grave scandal to the faithful, by not imposing public canonical penalties on a man who is promoting mass murder of the unborn against the constant teaching of the Church.

The bishops are now at a crossroads and must choose either God or mammon.

We call on them to choose God and choose Life!

And we also continue to encourage those brave, true and good bishops who have done well to warn Amercian Catholics about the perils to the unborn and the Faith resulting from Biden's promotion of abortion!

SIGN and SHARE this petition, which asks the bishops of the United States to act in unison to exclude Joe Biden from Holy Communion for his scandalous promotion of abortion - the murder of the innocent.

After signing, please take a moment to CONTACT the offices of the USCCB to politely, but firmly, encourage the Conference to take the necessary steps to exclude from Holy Communion public officials who continue to show blatant disregard for innocent human life and the Church's teaching.

The USCCB's Office phone number is: 202.541.3000


Joe Biden: I support abortion ‘under any circumstance’ -

Biden administration has opened the way for ‘abortion by mail on a massive scale’ -

‘Catholic’ Biden marks Roe v. Wade anniversary with pledge to make abortion available for ‘everyone’ -

BREAKING: DC archbishop affirms he will give Holy Communion to pro-abortion Joe Biden -

Vatican puts brakes on US bishops confronting problem of pro-abortion Biden receiving Holy Communion -

Abp. Aquila backs call for pro-abortion ‘Catholic’ Joe Biden to be denied Holy Communion -

Cardinal Burke floats ‘excommunication’ for Biden over his ‘aggressive’ abortion promotion -

Biden’s HHS is lying about Title X to push abortion -

List of US bishops for and against denying Communion to pro-abortion politicians like Biden, Pelosi -

Notes about USCCB's June Meeting:

For nearly twenty years, the US bishops have been dithering about whether or not to excommunicate pro-abortion politicians by formally withholding Holy Communion from them.

Their indecision on this gravely scandalous matter is a scandal in itself, but one of the biggest obstacles has been internal opposition from senior U.S. bishops.

And, although the faces have changed in the last 20 years, their morally-and-intellectually-challenged arguments against excommunication have not changed.

Liberal bishops of the USCCB say that excommunicating Biden (for example) would divide the Church, divide the bishops, and would politicize the reception of Holy Communion.

Indeed, in the name of “unity,” it is reported that some senior U.S. clerics, including Cardinal Blase Cupich (Chicago), Cardinal Wilton Gregory (Washington, DC) and Cardinal O’Malley (Boston), have been working overtime to prevent any substantial discussion of so-called “Eucharist coherence” (that is, what qualifies as worthy reception of Holy Communion).

It is also reported that at least 57 other American bishops allegedly joined these Cardinals in a recent letter to the Head of the Bishops Conference, Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles, to try to pressure him to drop the planned discussion at the full meeting of bishops in June.

And now, even the Vatican is getting involved, with the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith suggesting that even more “dialogue” is needed.

These same clerics may mistakenly believe that any attempt to suppress the objective connection between a politician’s promotion of abortion and his unworthy reception of Holy Communion will fool anyone.

But, it will not.

Rank-and-file Catholics are not stupid and can smell compromise a mile away, and we’ve had enough.

With all due respect to the Cardinal, bishops, and the Vatican…those who fail to act diminish the Holy Eucharist and their high office, as well as cause grave scandal to the faithful, by “dialoguing” with a man who is promoting mass murder of the unborn against the constant teaching of the Church.

Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition urging the bishops Conference to take action at their June meeting to exclude pro-abortion Joe Biden and other abortion-promoting “Catholic” politicians from Holy Communion.

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“And we want to be like the saints who never upset anybody and went over in their hermitage and prayed.” But they didn’t just pray, Heilman pointed out.

“They were thrown to the lions. They were hung on trees. Because they dared to threaten the agenda of the ruling class. That’s it in a nutshell,” said Heilman.

“You’ll be hated by all because of me, Jesus said.

“I believe we're facing a watershed moment, and I think we all have to do a heart check. Am I willing to lose family members, for instance, because I ain't gonna call a guy a girl when he's not a girl? Am I going to get active to stand against this surge of tyranny that has come? Am I going to pray and discern, ‘what are the gifts that you gave me, God?’”

Heilman called on his listeners to pray to God to “Help us to fight off our weariness, our weakness, our fearfulness, our cowardliness, anything that's standing in the way to stand with the Saint Peter Damians, the John the Baptists of the world.”


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