Wisconsin Catholic pastor who preached against Covid-19 vaccine ordered to step down

Item

PGV_ID

300793

Title

Wisconsin Catholic pastor who preached against Covid-19 vaccine ordered to step down

Genre

Sermon or written equivalent

URL

Religious movement

Not to take the covid vaccine
Roman Catholic

Description or narrative

According to the article, Rev. James Altman was asked to step down from his position. Rev. Altman allegedly preached right-wing politics and shunned the COVID-19 vaccines in sermons. However, when it came to light that he was asked to step down by his bishop, many of the congregation were distraught. Some said that he should stay as there is “no science behind the false religion of covidism”, and others expressed that the bishop and others who wanted the Reverend to step down were “wolves in sheep’s clothing”. However others seem relieved to hear the news, as Rev. Altman claimed that COVID-19 was a hoax and also asserted that “you cannot be Catholic and a Democrat”, driving a political wedge through the community. Others in the Catholic community have compared him to a false prophet, and have expressed sympathy to those who have embodied his sermons.

Contributor

zumerlma

Author (individual or group)

Rev. James Altman

Religious organization, or house of worship

Catholic Church

Location

Wisconsin
54603

Date

May 24 2021

Item sets

This item was submitted on October 17, 2021 by [anonymous user] using the form “Help gather religious responses to the pandemic” on the site “Preaching Goes Viral”: https://pandemicreligion.org/s/preaching-goes-viral

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