- Sep 19, 2020
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed back Friday against the Catholic archbishop of San Francisco’s criticism of COVID-related restrictions, saying he should “follow science” rather than advocate for fuller in-person gatherings for Mass and worship.
In imposing severe restrictions on indoor worship services because of COVID-19 protocols, the city of San Francisco “is turning a great many faithful away from their houses of prayer,” said San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone.
Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco has asked the city’s mayor and health officials to ease attendance restrictions on public Masses the archbishop says are unfair.
Complying with restrictive San Francisco orders limiting worship services to 12 people and only outdoors, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone and four other priests brought the Mass to the people on the feast of the Assumption by celebrating multiple Masses on the cathedral plaza.
San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone thanked priests of the archdiocese in a July 30 letter for their “continued pastoral care” to their people and reminded them to continue their care “always keeping with the local health orders of your county.”