WEST COVINA, Calif. (ChurchMilitant.com) - Bishop Joseph Strickland is affirming that Fr. James Altman should be speaking out on the things Catholics need to hear.
"He would be absolutely welcome here. And I'm blessed to have many priests ... who appreciate his speaking up and are trying to do their best to do the same thing," added Strickland.
Altman came under fire from the Left in late August for denouncing abortion and the Catholics who vote for Democrats who push it.
"You cannot be Catholic and be a Democrat," declared Altman.
Altman also came under duress from Bp. William Callahan of La Crosse, Wisconsin. His bishop publicly reprimanded him for the video that subsequently went viral and even warned him of possible "canonical penalties" if he didn't keep silent.
It was a low point for him, said Altman. The only bishop to support him at that time was Strickland, who tweeted on Sept. 5, ""As the Bishop of Tyler I endorse Fr Altman's statement in this video. My shame is that it has taken me so long. Thank you Fr Altman for your COURAGE. If you love Jesus & His Church & this nation ... please HEED THIS MESSAGE."
During the interview with VMPR, Altman explained what Strickland's support meant to him: "I have to tell ya, when you're alone, and you feel alone, and a hero tweets, the words that he used, in his humility, when I get overwhelmed, you can't breathe and your eyes burn and you choke up I guess is the phrase," explained an emotionally charged Altman.
"I can't thank you enough bishop," he added. "You brought grace into my life at a very important time."