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By Stephen Herreid, The Stream, June 6, 2021

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Father James Altman of the Diocese of La Crosse, WI, announced last Sunday that Bishop William Callahan asked him to resign.

You can read the gist of the story here. But there are a number of obvious factors at play which most influential Catholics — from reporters to columnists to Bishop Callahan himself — have missed.

So here I am to state the obvious about Fr. Altman.

Obvious Statement #1: Fr. Altman Picks Fights with Bullies

It’s obvious why Fr. Altman is in trouble. “He started it!” his enemies might whine. And they might have a point. …

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