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In a recent video, Father James Altman of La Crosse urged Catholics to “repent of your support of that party or face the fires of hell.” Bishop William Patrick Callahan responded, “I understand the undeniable truth that motivates his message ... Unfortunately, the tone Fr. Altman offers comes off as angry and judgmental, lacking any charity and in a way that causes scandal both in the Church and in society. His generalization and condemnation of entire groups of people is completely inappropriate.”
The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has issued a statement strongly reaffirming the Church’s ban on euthanasia as “intrinsically evil.”
“As the Bishop of Tyler I endorse Fr [James] Altman’s statement in this video,” Bishop Joseph Strickland tweeted. “My shame is that it has taken me so long.” During the video, the La Crosse parish priest said, “Repent of your support of that party or face the fires of hell.”
“A former Presbyterian pastor, [Mark] Galli spent seven years as editor-in-chief of Christianity Today, the premier publication for evangelicals whose founder was the legendary evangelist Billy Graham,” according to the report. “But for a few days last December, Galli was perhaps the most well-known evangelical in the country – after penning an editorial calling for Donald Trump’s impeachment.”
Days earlier, the president of the Pontifical Academy for Life had warned against politicizing life issues.
“As followers of Christ, we are called to stand up for life and against the politically correct or fashionable today,” said Sister Deirdre Byrne, a former army surgeon to whom the president paid tribute in 2019. “We must fight against a legislative agenda that supports and even celebrates destroying life in the womb” (full text).
“The Catholic community has the right to expect the priests of the Archdiocese and those entrusted with handing on the faith to be clear and unequivocal on the Church’s teaching concerning respect and protection for life from the first moment of conception to natural death,” Cardinal Sean O’Malley said in response to comments by Msgr. Paul Garrity. Cardinal O’Malley added that priests “may not endorse or oppose candidates for election or political parties.”
“It is not a sin to vote for either Mr. Biden or Mr. Trump,” the Jesuit wrote. “Nor is it a sin to be Democrat or Republican.” Father Martin cited the future Pope Benedict’s 2004 memorandum to Theodore McCarrick: “when a Catholic does not share a candidate’s stand in favor of abortion and/or euthanasia, but votes for that candidate for other reasons, it is considered remote material cooperation, which can be permitted in the presence of proportionate reasons.”
With the Pope’s approval, Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, has written a letter to the presidents of episcopal conferences. “As soon as circumstances permit,” he said, “it is necessary and urgent to return to the normality of Christian life, which has the church building as its home and the celebration of the liturgy, especially the Eucharist, as the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed.”
“The family is so important when it comes to nurturing vocations that, really, they are born from a family,” said Bishop-Elect Stephen Parkes of Savannah, whose brother is Bishop Gregory Parkes of St. Petersburg. “We don’t fall out of the sky at 33 years old, wearing flowing robes. We are not hatched; we come from families.”