Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Nov 12, 2020 / 10:42 am (CNA).- In a viral video in September, Fr. James Altman of La Crosse, Wisconsin claimed that “You can not be Catholic and be a Democrat. Period.” He cited the party platform’s support of abortion to make his argument.

That may – or may not – have come as news to eight-term Illinois congressman Dan Lipinski, a Catholic Democrat who has consistently bucked his party’s leadership on life issues.

For years, Lipinski was known as the most reliably pro-life Democrat in the House, but he will be leaving Congress in January. He lost his March primary to a pro-abortion challenger –a fate which has become all too common for pro-life Democrats who face attacks from the left on abortion, and from the right by Republicans.

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