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February 4, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Following President Joe Biden’s inauguration, LifeSiteNews’s Danielle Zuccaro caught up with Father James Altman to discuss the election and what a Biden presidency might mean for faithful Catholics across America.

Fr. Altman, pastor of St. James the Less parish, Lacrosse, Wisconsin, explained to LifeSiteNews that, while he has his “doubts about the validity, grave doubts about the validity” of the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, “it is what it is, and we are stuck with [it].”

He added that, although some U.S. bishops “actually said the right thing” regarding a Biden presidency, he lays blame for Biden’s win squarely on “the bishops who did not speak up and did not speak out, because not that many did.”

“And so now we’re stuck with somebody who is dead set against the entirety of everything that our Catholic Faith professes, everything in which we then believe, everything that Almighty God wants,” Altman lamented. Despite this characterization, the pastor was shocked to “hear in the news that certain shepherds think it’s perfectly OK to commit sacrilege and give that guy [Biden] Holy Communion,” before adding, “That’s sacrilege! … [I]t just makes me sick.”

Faced with four years of a Democratic administration, Altman described the situation as “nothing but a mess” but that we shouldn’t expect life to be “a bowl of cherries,” quoting his mother.

Continuing, Altman explained that “that’s not what life is going to be. Jesus said, ‘pick up your cross daily,’ so we should actually be joyful, even in the midst of the pain that’s coming and is already here; joyful because it allows us to share in the cross of our salvation.”

“When you stay faithful, the grace that comes is greater than the pain[.] … We go forward in joy and hope because our hope is in the hereafter. It’s not this life.”

Asked about the USCCB statement condemning Biden’s anti-Catholic positions, Altman said he “heard it first on … LifeSiteNews” and that the bishops were “a day late and a dollar short.”

“Why weren’t they [the bishops] saying this before? Why is it that there’s any Catholic … that doesn’t understand the very basic premise that you can’t be Catholic and be a Democrat? Because you can’t. Period, the end, there’s no debate on this.” Decrying the Democratic Party’s moral standing, Altman asked: “How long has it been that their party platform has been godless?”

Following this, Altman offered his thoughts on what the Catholic response to a Biden administration should be, suggesting that Catholics might imitate the attitude of those who opposed Donald Trump’s presidency with “resist and obstruct” after the 2016 presidential election.

Clarifying, he said, “[The] government’s right to impose anything on us ends at the front door of our Church. They can’t come in there and tell us to do anything.” Altman blasted the political left, who he says disregards the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution by involving itself in Church affairs: “they only want separation of Church and state when it benefits them.”

He does, however, recognize that “we will be persecuted; we can’t not expect that” and that to combat this, “we have to build our arks, our temporal arks and our spiritual arks.”

Analyzing the circumstances Catholics now find themselves in, fighting lies with truth, Altman said, “It’s like those doctors that get fired for speaking up about how to truly treat this ‘fauxdemic,’ this ‘feardemic.’” Those running the government, Altman predicts, “are going to take from us what we think we need. But really if we seek first the kingdom of God, then everything else will follow. But also … build your spiritual arks, put the oil in the lamps like the wise virgins.”

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PETITION UPDATE (3/15/21) - 

Reports suggest that the U.S. Catholic Bishops' Conference (USCCB) is preparing a vote on what to do about pro-abortion Joe Biden (and, presumably, other abortion-promoting politicians) who continues to present himself (themselves) for Holy Communion.

Public excommunication would be a suitable response for Biden's obstinate, public and grave sin of scandalously promoting abortion.

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PETITION UPDATE (2/4/20)

Since Joe Biden was sworn-in on the 20th of January, he has wasted no time in signing Executive Orders to destroy the protections which former President Trump offered to the unborn and to the innocence and modesty of children of the United States.

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.

And, in another executive order, Biden seeks to force girls' athletic programs, restrooms, and locker rooms to accept gender-confused males.

Since the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops was shamefully silent throughout the presidential campaign on the pre-eminent issues of abortion and gender ideology, and what Biden vowed he would do as president, it is cold comfort that their pro-life office is now speaking up about this Administration's wilful disregard for human life and for God's design of human nature (i.e., two biological sexes).

Stated plainly, Joe Biden is as bad as he said he would be, and the bishop, acting in unison (as the USCCB) have an obligation to the Lord (first) and to the faithful (second) to refuse Holy Communion to this grave public sinner.

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 dialoguing with a man who is promoting mass murder of the unborn against the constant teaching of the Church.

A man who continues to use the church as a backdrop for statements about how "Catholic/religious" he is, but, at the same time, is now doing everything in his power to protect the murder of the innocent, needs to publicly repent before dialogue can begin.

The bishops should not dialogue with or congratulate someone who has publicly betrayed the Church's teaching and who is leading others astray.

It's an embarrassment and a scandal for the bishops to continue to allow him to receive Holy Communion.

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PETITION UPDATE (12/10/20)

Prior to the election on November 3, the U.S. bishops did not address Joe Biden’s anti-Catholic position regarding faith and morals as a unified body.

The USCCB, the organization to which every U.S. bishop belongs and which is staffed and led by bishops, remained disgracefully silent in the run-up to the election.

What were the bishops afraid of, losing their charitable tax status with the IRS, or being deprived of fat checks from the HHS (immigration programs) and USAID (foreign aid programs)?

Or, were they just too cowardly to clearly declare Christ's law to be above man's law and risk the ire of a Joe Biden as president?

Either way, the bishops’ lack of clarity in this regard is a terrible scandal in itself and probably greatly contributed to the possible election of a pro-abortion, anti-Catholic Catholic to the presidency.

Given the fact that exit polling shows Catholics split their vote 50-50 for Trump and Biden, even a slight deviation in the heavily-Catholic swing-states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania could have produced different results.

The bishops could have spoken out against Biden’s pro-abortion stance collectively, but, again, they were overwhelmingly and shamefully silent.

Because of this, they will be at least partly responsible for the policies advanced by a Biden administration, in the event that Biden is sworn into office.

However, the bishops can, even now, mitigate the damage done by their inaction by taking the following steps: 1) Speak with one voice, as the USCCB, and plainly condemn Biden's pro-abortion stance; 2) Publicly advise Biden not to present himself for Holy Communion because of his scandalous position on abortion and homosexual "marriage;" and, 3) Tell Biden to publicly repent of publicly promoting the wilfull murder of the preborn, sins against nature, and diminishing the natural family.

Thankfully, some individual bishops have spoken out forcefully on Biden's scandalous behavior, and his standing in the Church.

On November 9, Archbishop Strickland of Tyler, Texas tweeted: “A dark cloud has descended on this nation when the USCCB and Planned Parenthood speak in unison in support of a Biden-Harris administration that supports the slaughter of innocents by abortion for all 9 months of pregnancy.”

Additionally, Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver, Colorado and Archbishop Charles Chaput have both declared publicly that Joe Biden “should not receive Holy Communion."

But, to add insult to injury, Cardinal Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C. has said that he will give Holy Communion to Biden because “it’s a matter of the responsibility that I have as the archbishop to be engaged and to be in dialogue with him, even in those areas where we obviously have some differences.”

And, Bishop W. Francis Malooly of Wilmington, Delaware and Bishop McElroy of San Diego also congratulated Biden in statements, but they have not indicated whether or not they would administer Holy Communion to him.

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 dialoguing with a man who is promoting mass murder of the unborn against the constant teaching of the Church.

A man who uses the church as a backdrop to make sickening political advertisements about how "Catholic/religious" he is, but, at the same time, says that he will do everything in his power to protect the murder of the innocent, needs to publicly repent before dialogue can begin.

The bishops should not dialogue with or congratulate someone who has publicly betrayed the Church's teaching and who is leading others astray.

It's an embarrassment and a scandal for the bishops to continue to allow him to receive Holy Communion.

Please SIGN and SHARE this petition today!

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/us-bishops-concerned-about-pro-abortion-biden-previously-hailed-him-as-second-catholic-president

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/abp-aquila-backs-call-for-pro-abortion-catholic-joe-biden-to-be-denied-holy-communion?utm_source=top_news&utm_campaign=standard

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/former-philly-archbishop-biden-not-in-full-communion-with-the-catholic-church

https://www.thesoutherncross.org/news/bishop-mcelroy-offers-prayers-and-congratulations-to-president-elect-biden/

https://www.ncronline.org/news/politics/us-catholics-weigh-mixed-reaction-biden-win

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PETITION UPDATE (9/29/20)

Cardinal Raymond Burke has stated that Democratic candidate Joe Biden should not receive Holy Communion because of his support for abortion.

In an interview for Thomas McKenna's Catholic Action for Faith and Family podcast, Cardinal Burke states the following (starting around 5:00):

First of all, I would tell him [Biden] not to approach to receive Holy Communion, out of charity toward him, because that would be a sacrilege and endanger the salvation of his own soul.

But, also, he should not approach to receive Holy Communion because he gives scandal to everyone, because if someone says, 'I'm a devout Catholic," and, at the same time is promoting abortion, it gives the impression to others that it's acceptable for a Catholic to be in favor of abortion.

Of course, it's absolutely not acceptable, and never has been, and never will be.

We give thanks for Cardinal Burke's frankness and clarity. And, we call on every U.S. Catholic bishop to follow Cardinal Burke's lead and call out Joe Biden for his bloody-minded hypocrisy on the issue of abortion.

To reiterate: You cannot be a Catholic and support abortion.

Thank you for continuing to sign this urgent petition.

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PETITION UPDATE (8/17/20)

The Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, keeps claiming to be Catholic but has said he will do everything in his power to support abortion.

And, with his pick of California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate, Biden has just cemented abortion into the Democrats' 2020 presidential ticket.

Indeed, Harris is vehemently pro-abortion.

During her time as attorney general of California, Harris played a key role in defending Planned Parenthood over its sale of aborted baby parts (which violated multiple federal laws, according to undercover video of abortion industry personnel).

And, last year, Harris unveiled a plan to essentially force pro-life states to seek permission from the federal government before pro-life laws can take effect.

Additionally, Harris has dangerous views on religious liberty and freedom of speech.

Harris displayed anti-Catholic bigotry in the confirmation hearings of Judge Brian Buescher. Harris cited his membership in the “all-male society” the Knights of Columbus and its stances against abortion and same-sex “marriage” as grounds for rejecting Buescher for a federal district court in Nebraska.

And, David Daleiden, head of the pro-life investigative group Center for Medical Progress, wrote that from his firsthand experience, he considers Harris the “greatest threat to First Amendment civil rights our country has ever seen.”

Joe Biden has seriously erred by taking on Kamala Harris as his running mate, further distancing himself from the truths of the Catholic Faith, especially that every life is sacred from conception till natural death.

Please CLICK HERE to read an article which details one U.S. bishop's warning about the Biden-Harris ticket.

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Of course, these two things are incompatible: you cannot be Catholic and pro-abortion.

And, a "Catholic" politician's responsibility in this regard is absolute: On pain of serious sin, he or she can never promote abortion because abortion is the wilful murder of innocent preborn human beings, and also because doing so causes grave scandal to the Church and the faithful.

Please SIGN this urgent petition asking the bishops of the United States to refuse to give Holy Communion to Joe Biden until he publicly repents from his scandalous promotion of abortion.

Biden recently promised to “codify Roe v. Wade” as president, adding, "my Justice Department will do everything in its power to stop the rash of state laws that so blatantly violate a woman’s protected, constitutional right to choose."

And, since starting his latest run for the presidency, Biden also flip-flopped against the Hyde Amendment, saying that he would allow federal funds to be spent on abortion - a position he claimed to be against for more than 40 years.

In short, Joe Biden will do everything in his power to enable and defend the wilful murder of innocent preborn human beings.

So, this should not be a hard decision for our U.S. bishops. In fact, in another circumstance, it was already done by an Illinois bishop.

Indeed, Bishop Paprocki, of Springfield, Illinois, invoked Canon 915 of the Code of Canon Law to withdraw Holy Communion from two Illinois state politicians who had worked to enact radical new abortion legislation in 2019.

Canon 915 states: "Those who have been excommunicated or interdicted after the imposition or declaration of the penalty and others obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion."

Of course, no-one, least of all the bishops, wants anyone to be deprived of Holy Communion.

A politician who publicly and obstinately advocates for the murder of innocent preborn babies puts himself out-of-communion with the Church and her teaching. 

Pro-abortion politicians should not think that they can advocate for the murder of the unborn and receive the Body of Christ at the same time. This would be to defile the Eucharist while giving scandal to the faithful.

Depriving politicians of Holy Communion is not just meant to prevent scandal; it is also designed to bring a grave public sinner to repentance. In this way, such an action is meant to be for the good of their souls, too.

Thank you for SIGNING this urgent petition which calls on the U.S. Catholic bishops to refuse to admit Joe Biden to Holy Communion until he publicly repents from his scandalous promotion of abortion.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Joe Biden: I support abortion ‘under any circumstance’ - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/joe-biden-i-support-abortion-under-any-circumstance

Catholic priest denies Joe Biden Holy Communion for pro-abortion stance - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/catholic-priest-denies-joe-biden-holy-communion-for-pro-abortion-stance

Cardinal McCarrick and the Concealing of Rome’s Position on Denying Communion  - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/cardinal-mccarrick-and-the-concealing-of-romes-position-on-denying-communio

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“How do we do this?” Altman suggested simply: “Go to Mass, be in the state of grace, receive the Holy Eucharist.” On account of this, “the very concept of locking our churches, denying people … the right to the Holy Eucharist,” is of grave concern. This, he said, is why no priest or bishop has the right to deny the faithful access to the sacraments: “There’s a particularly hot fire awaiting them for denying Catholics the right to receive the Holy Eucharist.”

Altman encourages us to make time in the day to pray and be present with Christ. “Take an hour a day. Isn’t that what Jesus talked about? ‘Can’t you spend just one hour with me?’”

Echoing the words of Archbishop Fulton Sheen, Altman instructed us that “[the] time for casual Catholicism is over, so work hard on building your spiritual arks.”

Following his simple advice, Altman quipped, “When you get to heaven, you should kind of recognize it. Well, Mass is heaven on earth, isn’t it, so go to Mass.”

‘Dialogue’ has enabled baby slaughter

Shifting gears, Zuccaro asked what Fr. Altman might say to pro-lifers “in this moment.”

“Dialogue is not the answer,” Altman resolutely responded. “We have been dialoguing for 48 years now. Where has it gotten us? Tomorrow, 10,000 more babies are going to be slaughtered. Wake up, Catholics in America! Wake up, every priest in America! Speak from the pulpit!”

Focusing on God’s divine justice, Altman did say there is some “good news,” despite the president extending abortion legislation.

Although this is a grave situation, the priest revealed he is “not so concerned that there’s suffering here on Earth. Everybody who engages in that [abortion] is going to suffer for the rest of their lives, because even if you repent of that mistake of killing your baby, there is a haunting, and the left won’t admit it, they won’t confess it. So, there will be suffering, but in the end, I know that Christus vincit [Christ conquers].”

“So we can’t lose hope just because it seems that Satan has won another battle, because we know who wins the war in the end.”

With this in mind, Altman asks the faithful to “[s]how some courage.” Referencing David’s unlikely win against Goliath in the Bible, Altman says, “Doesn’t it look like Goliath is kind of winning the battle? So, who is going to be a David amongst us? Who is going to walk up to him and fearlessly say ‘God has got your number’?”

“Just be fearless,” Altman encourages, “Come what may, eternity comes.”

Against the darkness of the age, Altman reminds us that “We still have it pretty good here,” countering that perhaps “that’s why we have this problem of faithlessness.” He explains that “[d]eprivation makes faith grow … if we face deprivation, our faith will grow stronger; if we suffer, our faith will grow stronger; if we’re wounded like Christ was wounded, as we should accept readily, our faith will grow stronger. But in the meantime, Satan is going to win a lot of battles. In the end the ruler of the world is cast out, Satan loses in the end.”

 

“Keep the faith no matter what, because Christ conquers. Amen.”

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