Aired May 5, 2022 | Breakfast With Bacon
Obedience. When is it right to obey and when is it not? It is always better to obey God than man, but if you’ve made a sacred vow to another person, how do you know the difference?
Fr. James Altman, STB, MBA, JD, MDiv., is a priest in the diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin who went from the obscurity of pastor of a small-town Catholic parish to the relative fame (or notoriety, depending on which ideological side one is on) when his video “You Cannot Be Catholic and Democrat” went viral.
Lauded by some as a defender of Truth for speaking the truths of the Gospel that many others shy away from, he has also been defamed by others who want him silenced, one of whom became his bishop. Since then, Fr. Altman has become one of the most well-known of the group known today as the “cancelled priests.” Rather than being silenced, Fr. Altman’s reach has grown exponentially and he very loudly continues to proclaim the Truth of the Gospel to his “family” who have communicated to him that they’d been starving for real spiritual food and are grateful to him for finally being fed.
In this segment, Fr. Altman (who is also a lawyer) and Dr. Christine Bacon discuss the topic of obedience. When is it right to obey and when is it not? It is always better to obey God than man, but how do you know the difference? What about civil disobedience? The Nazis obeyed their leaders. Why did they not stand against them? What about the vow of obedience of a priest to his bishop? Listen in and be fed with a passionate but powerful conversation that’ll surely challenge your thinking.