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Catholic Priest Who Says “You Can’t Be Catholic and Democrat” Says “Pope Francis Is Not the Pope”

Fr. James Altman, the priest behind the viral video, “You cannot be Catholic and a Democrat”.  He now has released another video claiming “Pope Francis is not the Pope”. 

Father James Altman is an inspiring Roman Catholic priest who has dedicated his life to serving God and spreading the message of the Gospel. Originally from the Diocese of Marquette, Father Altman was an attorney who had a family practice in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, when he answered the call to the priesthood. Graduating from the University of St. Mary of the Lake’s Mundelein Seminary outside Chicago, Father Altman was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Jerome E. Listecki at the Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman on June 28, 2008.

Following ordination, his first assignment was as chaplain and teacher at Assumption High School and associate pastor at Our Lady Queen of Heaven, both in Wisconsin Rapids. He moved to Ss. Peter and Paul, Wisconsin Rapids, on March 1, 2009. One year later he was appointed the parish’s administrator and installed as pastor by Bishop Callahan on Dec. 19, 2010.

Fr. Altman gained worldwide recognition after filming the now viral video entitled, “You cannot be Catholic & a Democrat”    • Fr. Altman: You cannot be Catholic & …  

In 2021 Fr. Altman was put on administrative leave from his position as pastor of St. James the Less in La Crosse, Wisconsin by Bishop Callahan pending the outcome of a Canon law case filed with the Vatican. Despite facing censorship from Church leaders, Father Altman remains steadfast in his commitment to the Gospel and the teachings of the Catholic Church. He has inspired many Catholics across the country to embrace a more robust and unapologetic witness to the Gospel and continues to inspire people of all faiths with his powerful message of hope, love, and redemption.

In this video, Fr. Altman states that Pope Francis (Bergolio) is not the Pope.  He explains why in the video below:

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8 thoughts on “Catholic Priest Who Says “You Can’t Be Catholic and Democrat” Says “Pope Francis Is Not the Pope””

  1. This guy is actually Possessed, swarming with the Unholy Spirit. He also said anyone who got the shot is ‘receiving the Mark Of The Beast’. Priests are not allowed to disobey Bishops like he did-all the Bishop did was ask him to tone down the Hell-Talk. This Prot Site bashes the Legitimately-Elected Pope every available article. He’s right of course that the Jabs are Poison and the Pope very, very wrong…but so was Trump and almost every Pol, Pastor, and MD.

  2. President Trump is not a scientist, medical doctor, pharmacist or chemist. Blame the companies that created these dangerous jabs.
    Father James is not possessed, he simply speaks the truth. The truth is a problem today. Jesus spoke the Truth and the Sanhedrin turned the Savior in to the Roman authorities.

    I’m glad Father James has the courage to speak the Truth.

    Jorge is neither Catholic nor the Pope: his actions, writings and words indict him.

    Father James needs rosaries said for him in perpetuity not your vicious comments.

  3. Robert Bellarmine had his position. (Which, as a Saint, is valuable but not infallible.) Catherine of Sienna had a very different take:

    “Even if the Pope were Satan incarnate, we ought not to raise up our heads against him, but calmly lie down to rest on his bosom. He who rebels against our Father is condemned to death, for that which we do to him we do to Christ: we honor Christ if we honor the Pope; we dishonor Christ if we dishonor the Pope. I know very well that many defend themselves by boasting: “They are so corrupt, and work all manner of evil!” But God has commanded that, even if the priests, the pastors, and Christ-on-earth were incarnate devils, we be obedient and subject to them, not for their sakes, but for the sake of God, and out of obedience to Him.”

    — Saint Catherine of Siena in St. Catherine of Siena, SCS, p. 201-202, p. 222.

    “He who rebels against our Father, Christ on earth, is condemned to death, for that which we do to him, we do to Christ in heaven – we honor Christ if we honor the pope, we dishonor Christ if we dishonor the pope… I tell you that God will and has so commanded that even if the priests and the pastors of the Church and Christ on earth were incarnate devils, it is seemly that we are obedient and subject to them, not for their sake, but for the sake of God, out of obedience to Him, for He wills that we should act thus.
    “Know that the son is never in the right against the father, even if the father is ever so evil and unjust, for so great is the good which he has received from the father, that is, life itself, that he can never repay him for it. And we have received the life of grace from the Church, which is so great a benefit, that we can never, by any kind of homage or gratitude, pay the debt we owe.”

    From Anne Baldwin’s Catherine of Siena: A Biography. Huntington, IN: OSV Publishing, 1987, pp.95-6

    Proverbs 19:2 also speaks to this situation, “Zeal is useless when not accompanied by knowledge, and acting hastily causes one to stumble.”

    Fr. Altman has a zealous heart, but one that is not refined/tempered with sufficient knowledge, humility, and patience. As such, he is about to talk himself right out of the Church he is purporting to defend. He is in need of many rosaries, indeed!

  4. I just really doubt that Catherine of Siena would have said that we’re to honor pope and priests who are devils incarnate. You must have misread something.

    In her DIALOGUE she says no such thing, in almost 400 pages.

    Anyone who likes this pope and his cardinals, like Fernandez, for example, must like the idea of being able to sin and not hear about Hell.

    Boggles my mind.

    • Sheryl,

      I didn’t paraphrase anything, I posted exact quotes from Catherine from her biography.

      What was Jesus’ instruction to the Jews regarding the scribes and Pharisees, the majority of whom were headed for hell in a handbasket?

      He said “Do everything they tell you.” (Matt 23:3) WHY? Because “The scribes and Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat.” (Matt 23:2) In other words, don’t respect them for their stellar personalities or great holiness, respect the office they hold. This is what it means to be Catholic. We recognize and respect the office, regardless of the merits of the person holding it.

      What precisely it means to “respect” the office holder can get a little tricky at times. It absolutely does not mean, “Be a door mat toward them all the time” as per the example of Paul rebuking Peter in the early Church and, in fact, Catherine herself rebuking one of the popes of her day, insisting that he march his happy butt back to Rome where he was supposed to be, rather than in France where he was residing at the time. She told him to get back to Rome but never once considered that he was not a valid pope, or that she didn’t need to follow any of his instructions, etc., etc.

  5. Neither one of those saints is infallible. Jorge has dishonored himself. I also don’t respect the corrupt clergy that were involved in burning alive St. Joan of Arc.

    Priests courageous enough to speak the truth deserve the respect of Catholics.

    I find it odd that Jorge is against the Latin Mass. I also realize Jorge has done the Catholic Church and Faith great damage. Jorge had no right to insult or judge President Trump. In contrast, Jorge was all smiles with the abortionist hussein and the other racist hussein. Why did Jorge wash the feet of muslims? Why did he rescue and bring to Italy muslims instead of Catholics being persecuted and murdered in the Middle East?

    The Catholic Church needs Faithful clergy, period.

    • The statement, “The Catholic Church needs faithful clergy” is simply indisputable.

      But so are the words of Christ who said this about the clergy of his day (in reverse order for emphasis):

      “They tie up heavy burdens that are difficult to bear and lay them on the shoulders of others, but they will not lift a finger to be of assistance.

      5 “Everything they do is meant to attract the attention of others. They widen their phylacteries[b] and lengthen their tassels. 6 They love to have places of honor at banquets and the best seats in synagogues, 7 and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be addressed as ‘Rabbi.’

      Do Not Be Called Teacher.[c] 8 “But do not allow yourselves to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one Master, and you are all brethren. 9 Call no one on earth your father, for you have but one Father, and he is in heaven. 10 You must not be called ‘teacher,’ for you have only one Teacher, the Christ. 11 The greatest among you must be your servant. 12 All those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all those who humble themselves will be exalted.

      13 Woe to You, Teachers of the Law.[d]“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the entrance to the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor do you allow others to enter.

      [14 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! For you devour the houses of widows, while for the sake of appearance you recite lengthy prayers. As a result, you will receive the severest possible condemnation.][e]

      15 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You journey over sea and land to make a single convert,[f] and then you make that convert twice as worthy of Gehenna as you are.

      16 [g]“Woe to you, blind guides! You say, ‘If someone swears by the temple, that is not binding, but if someone swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.’ 17 You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred?

      18 “And you say, ‘If someone swears by the altar, that is not binding, but if someone swears by the offering that lies on the altar, he is bound by his oath.’ 19 You blind fools! Which is of greater value—the offering, or the altar that makes the offering sacred?

      20 “The one who swears by the altar swears both by it and by everything that lies upon it. 21 The one who swears by the temple swears both by it and by the one who dwells within it. 22 And the one who swears by heaven swears both by the throne of God and by the One who is seated upon it.

      23 [h]“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You pay tithes of mint and dill and cumin, but you have neglected the more important aspects of the Law: justice, mercy, and faithfulness. You should have practiced these without neglecting the others. 24 You blind guides! You strain out a gnat and then swallow a camel!

      25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You cleanse the outside of a cup and dish, but you leave the inside full of greed and self-indulgence. 26 Blind Pharisee! First cleanse the inside of the cup and dish so that the outside may also be clean.

      27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs[i] that look beautiful on the outside, but inside they are full of the bones of the dead and of all kinds of decay. 28 In the same way, on the outside you appear to be righteous, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.

      29 The Judgment of God Has Already Come on This Generation.[j]“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build the tombs of the Prophets and adorn the graves of the righteous, 30 and you say, ‘If we had lived in the time of our ancestors, we never would have collaborated with them in shedding the blood of the Prophets.’ 31 Thus, you acknowledge that you are the descendants of those who murdered the Prophets. 32 Go and complete the work that your ancestors began.

      33 “You snakes! You brood of vipers! How can you escape being condemned to Gehenna? 34 Behold, therefore, I am sending you prophets and wise men and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and pursue from town to town. 35 As a result, upon you will fall the guilt of all the innocent blood that has been shed upon the earth, from the blood of the righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar. 36 Amen, I say to you, the guilt for all this will fall upon this generation.”

      Talk about “reading someone the riot act”….If anybody “dishonored” themselves, it was SURELY these people…And YET….What does Jesus say about them? “They’re a disgrace! Forget them!” “Depose them!” “Set off on your own!”???

      NO. He says, “Because they hold a rightful place of authority, you are morally obligated to honor their office and every lawful thing they instruct you to do.” We either appreciate these words of Christ and remain in his Church or we reject His clear teaching and place ourselves, along with Fr. Altman outside of it — right alongside good old heretic Martin Luther.

      You said you don’t respect the clergy that had Joan of Arc burned alive. Im not much of a historian, but in contrast, I believe SHE did. I KNOW Padre Pio respected the bishop in his day who shut him down. So much so that when a whole bunch of people wrote to the bishop in Pio’s defense, Pio sent word to the bishop of his fielty and encouraged him to dismiss the chatter from the people….

      THAT’s what it means to be truly submissive to Christ. THAT’s what it means to be truly Catholic.


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