Catholic America’s New Elijah: Fr. James Altman

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Episode 74

Fr. James Altman is the pastor of St. James the Less in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He’s beyond all doubt the most courageous priest I’ve ever heard—a modern Elijah. I’m going to introduce you to Fr. Altman today. I think you’re going to love this.


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  1. Jay Jenkins on 06/07/2020 at 4:49 PM

    OK. I heard every word. This guy is the poster child for why Catholicism is often not even remotely considered Christian. He certainly makes points about following the commandments. The hypocrisy that this man speaks, however, is beyond the scope of description. He lost me with the Obama admonitions, as well as his labeling state governments as “Fascist”, as well as his support for denying eulogies DESPITE THEM BEING FOR THE SURVIVORS; by deifying John Paul II despite the FACT that man was one of the major reasons why so many innocent people were abused because of his fear of unmasking the “holy” church during his reign of arrogance; by twice extolling Donald Trump despite him being among the least Christian persons on the planet. I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to leave the Catholic Church more than I do right now after hearing this asshole. If I was dying in the street he came to hear my confession, I would literally grab a prisoner to hear it before I would this asshole. And one more thing – he conveniently forgets that the people protesting were mostly peaceful so he wants to peaceful protesters to stop protesting because of, to borrow one of his terms, the “rat poison” of some. Ummm. Hypocrite much?! He also completely – completely – misses the mark about the anger of what has become of black people for centuries of abuse. And then he minimizes what happened to George Floyd.

    • Joe Sixpack The Every Catholic Guy on 06/08/2020 at 12:28 PM

      Thanks for reaching out, Jay.
      Based on what you’re saying, either you’re a non-Catholic who is just trolling, or you’re a Catholic who has absolutely no idea what the Catholic Church has taught in her constant 2000 year teachings. I’d be happy to teach you, one-on-one, but I suspect you’re confident you already believe what you want–no matter how it differs from actual Church teaching.
      FYI, calling a priest an a__hole is a sacrilege, which is a mortal sin, so I’d recommend not presenting yourself for Communion until you go to confession. And it sounds like leaving the Church might be the right thing for you to do, because Protestants do things more to your liking; however, I’d recommend you read Lumen Gentium 14 first.
      Finally, you obviously don’t understand what fascism is, because every single stay-at-home order was fascistic. In many cases, those orders suppressed every single one of our God-given rights that the US Constitution promises that the federal government would protect.

      • Phyllis Smith on 04/26/2021 at 3:16 PM

        Joe six pack, your response to Jay did not seem very Catholic much lessChrist like. You just totally lost any credibility in my view. I know he came across strong and probably set you off but he had really valid points. Your response was at the same level as his.—total testosterone macho stuff. . I don’t know where you are going with this but you seem to have your own very unique religious beliefs, which are not at all consistent. With what the 16 years of Catholic education taught me. Maybe step back from all the attention you’re getting as an outlier and go back to basics. I am sure that you have it in you to do better than this. Just my own unique personal perspective. Have a good day🙂

        • Joe Sixpack The Every Catholic Guy on 03/06/2022 at 4:40 PM


          I never got notice that this comment was made, so I apologize for not responding almost a year ago.

          No, Jay did not have any valid points. Fr. Altman was 100% correct. Perhaps your 16 years of Catholic education was defective.

    • Phyllis Smith on 04/26/2021 at 2:55 PM

      Yes! 👍

  2. Victor V, on 06/07/2020 at 4:58 PM

    HI Joe, God Bless you for featuring Fr.James Altman’s homily. What he said was all true. If we have a huge belief that we worship the The One true God, we should not be afraid of this pandemic but rather be more prayerful for this to end but how can you do that when we can’t enter the house of prayers.

  3. Anne Sheridan on 06/08/2020 at 9:53 PM

    I have just finished listening to Fr Altman’s homily where he talks about the riots destroying life not just in so many American cities but in cities across the globe. His courage in calling out Archbishop Wilton Gregory is to be applauded. We certainly need more courageous priests like Fr Altman both in the US and here in Canada. May God bless him and keep him safe as he continues to preach the truth without apology.

    • Joe Sixpack The Every Catholic Guy on 06/09/2020 at 12:49 PM

      I couldn’t agree more, Anne!

    • Joy Vostatek on 09/10/2020 at 8:12 PM

      Kudos and applause for Fr Altman. He is courageous holy truth filled and I pray for his safety and ministry. Bishop Callahan support this man don’t chastise him or reprimand him; you should be proud he is your priest ministering to your flock
      Joy V
      Colorado Springs

  4. Dennis Johnson on 09/11/2020 at 8:41 AM

    Father, we are the fight for our souls & humanity! You are a great warrior for Christ. Defy the bishop. That is what its going to take to get our church back! Thank You for all you do! God Bless You & protect you. Amen.

  5. Miguel T on 09/21/2020 at 3:31 PM

    Jay you have real problem is not with Fr Altman…you have a problem with the TRUTH!

  6. THERESA INGRASSIA on 09/23/2020 at 8:47 AM

    Father, your words have moved my soul. May our Savior continue to bless you and please continue to bring us the true Word.

  7. Jane Thierfeldt on 10/24/2020 at 7:14 PM

    We have been saying for years that you can’t be Catholic and vote Democrat. Period.
    God speed. You are in my prayers Father

    • Joe Sixpack The Every Catholic Guy on 10/25/2020 at 3:58 AM

      Thanks for the comment! Fr. Altman isn’t only a priest who tell the truth, but he tells. it courageously.I’m scheduled to interview him again on November 18, and the plan is to air the interview on the day before Thanksgiving. I hope you listen to it and like it!

  8. Stephen Arabadjis on 03/06/2022 at 3:13 PM

    To whom it may concern,

    My name is Fr. Stephen Arabadjis. I am a member of the Society of St. Pius X. But I am in my 7th year of Sabbatical.
    Therefore I was hoping your group could do a 54 day rosary novena for my intentions. But any prayers and sacrifices would be greatly appreciated. I know Our Lady will reward you generously for this.

    In Our Lady,
    Fr. Arabadjis

    P.S. Thanking you in advance, since I don’t always get all my communications.

    • Joe Sixpack The Every Catholic Guy on 03/06/2022 at 4:35 PM


      Certainly Sixpack Warriors will pray for any and all priests. However, we can’t do specifically as you ask. that would be tantamount to approving of schism.

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