Hundreds show support for Father James Altman after viral video

Father Altman became famous after releasing a video online "You cannot be catholic and be a Democrat. Period"

LA CROSSE, Wis (WKBT) – Hundreds of people rallied in support of a local priest, who said in a viral video that you can’t be a Catholic and a Democrat.

The rally outside the Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman was in support of Father James Altman. He made those comments in a recent video posted by the far right-wing media outlet Alpha News MN.

While some were concerned by his statements, parishioners in the area wanted to show Fr. Altman support.

“People are not talking about politics, people have really come out this Sunday in a peaceful way to pray for our priest in support of him,” said Mary Lehn, a local Catholic.

The Bishop of the Diocese said in a statement that the father’s generalization and condemnation of entire groups of people was completely inappropriate. Bishop William Patrick Callahan said he would work with Fr. Altman through fraternal correction.