Catholic community in Wisconsin divided by priest's video
Added 09-26-20 02:22:02am EST - “Members of the Catholic community are speaking out about the divide and pain they're feeling after a video of a La Crosse priest denouncing Democrats in the church went viral.” - Washingtontimes.com
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LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) - Members of the Catholic community are speaking out about the divide and pain they’re feeling after a video of a La Crosse priest denouncing Democrats in the church went viral.
The video, produced and published by a far-right media outlet, features Father James Altman of the St. James the Less church in La Crosse, condemning Democratic Party-supporting Catholics as imposters who are going to hell, and repeated common right-wing conspiracy theories about things like climate change and Planned Parenthood.
Responses to the video have ranged from strongly supportive to condemnation, and have reached nationwide, and even globally, within the Catholic community. An online petition has garnered nearly 66,000 signatures in support of the priest so far.
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“What I want to emphasize here, is that we are angry. But it’s righteous anger. We don’t hate anybody, we hope. We’re not seeking vengeance on anybody, we hope,” said Father Rick Heilman, from Madison, at a “prayer rosary rally” in support of Altman.
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