Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office told Catholic News Agency Friday evening that she “misspoke” when she described “recently” attending Mass in a San Francisco church, despite the city’s months-long ban on indoor Masses.
“The Speaker misspoke. She has not been in San Francisco since September 5th due to ongoing talks around Covid relief and appropriations,” spokesman Drew Hammill from the Speaker’s office told the news agency in a statement on Friday evening.
“She [Pelosi] has been participating regularly in church services virtually,” Hammill said.
Hammill did not explain what Pelosi referred to when she described Sept. 18 attending what appeared to be an indoor Mass and receiving Communion “recently” at a San Francisco church.
Earlier on Friday morning, at a press conference at the U.S. Capitol, Pelosi was asked by Erik Rosales of EWTN News Nightly about a recent op-ed by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, Pelosi’s archbishop, on the “unfairness” of the city’s public health rules.
Cordileone had pointed out the city’s ban on indoor religious services—except for funerals—during the pandemic while gyms and hair salons were allowed to serve some customers indoors.
Pelosi answered that “I have been to church in San Francisco recently, and I did receive Communion.”
She then went on to describe the experience in some detail, noting that she had to “sign up” to attend and that “I got in under the wire” as there were only two places left.
San Francisco has banned public indoor religious services—except for funerals—for months. Outdoor services are permitted with a cap on 12 people, although Speaker Pelosi’s recollection of the event recounted an indoor service.
“And when we got there—the church maybe holds 250 people. There were probably 12 people,” she said, “very, very, very spaced. But that was it, no more would be allowed.”
“And then we did receive Communion,” she said, noting that the priest washed his hands before distributing Communion, and that she received Communion in the hand.
“I miss going to church regularly,” she said. “Of course, we have virtual Mass here, many Masses in D.C., but all the other places…”
On Friday evening, however, Pelosi’s office told Catholic News Agency that she “misspoke,” but did not explain in what she had misspoken….
Archbishop Cordileone is leading a Eucharistic procession past city hall on Sept. 20 as a protest against the ongoing orders limiting Masses. He wrote in his Washington Post op-ed that “all we are seeking is access to worship in our own churches, following reasonable safety protocols.”
Pelosi, on Friday morning, said that the archbishop should abide by science in his desire to reopen churches.
“With all due respect to my archbishop, I think we should follow science on this,” she said.
She later added that “I don’t know if he [Cordileone] was speaking as our pastor or as a lobbyist—advocate. But whatever it is, I am sure that he must have meant [reopen churches] if it is scientifically safe, rather than jeopardizing people’s health if they want to go to Church.”
The above comes from a Sept. 18 story in Catholic News Agency.
Did the hordes that descended upon the Supreme Court after the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg “follow science” or did they not care about jeopardizing people’s health?
They were outside and they were masked. That follows science.
They only follow science when it suits them. Not all rioters wear masks and oh, yes, and good old Nancy too.
Pretty breathtaking…Pelosi lecturing the AB to “follow science on this”…when there have been masses all over the country for months now, following proper guidelines and no spikes in transmission…when restaurants and malls have been opened in CA with no spikes in transmission…follow science? Have they lost all sense of self awareness completely?
“Science” went out the window for the democrats when they embraced Gay “marriage” and the Pride/transgender agenda…..
Let’s not be too hard on Nan. Remember, she’s even older than Biden.
That this phony Catholic woman is allowed by God to continue enjoying blessings of wealth, privilege and power while so many faithful Catholics get screwed is a part of Providence I cannot accept. And she’s not the only one: Biden, Newsom, Kerry, Garcetti, Kaine, Cuomo, and so on. Hello, God… are you even there?
Give God time. His team removes them at the most opportune times. Note the rb Ginsburg executive action. Wheat and tares.
God never promised prosperity…In fact, Christ basically told us that if we follow Him to get ready for some major suffering but that suffering would unite us to him in the end. Prosperity is not equivalent to holy…..What god are you talking about?
Kevin T, you appear angry, envious, and weak in faith. Those you mention aren’t necessarily happily skating toward heaven so don’t bother being jealous of them, instead, pray for them.
Love your attitude and committment to our faith.
Some people who post here seem shrill and judgmental. That’s not going to attract people to our faith.
I understand your comments but don’t blame God. I’ve heard it said that we get the leaders we deserve. I’m a Catholic and many Catholics are in apostasy, hence why they vote Democrat. I have heard for many years that God will chastise this country for our many sins. Evil leaders like Pelosi are the beginning of our painful chastisements.
Kevin, you remind me of the psalmist who lamented the situation of those who disregarded God’s Law and yet prospered.He thought their situation through and decided there was nothing to be jealous about.The road they were on didn’t end well. Be at peace brother.
She provided one huge bunch of detail about her attending Mass inside a church in SF. Now, she says she misspoke. Maybe she has been hanging around Biden too much.
Oh what a tangled web we weave….
A large number of Democrats have lost touch with reality.
Misspoke — lying
I am shocked! Just SHOCKED!
I wrote the post “Nancy’s Dictionary”, but maybe she did forget as she is older, and even the young sometimes loose track of time, but the problem with pro abortion groups is that they have lied so much and inflated figures so much that it is almost impossible to know when they are telling the truth.
Sen. Pelosi might have been referring to the 2 weeks in July when several parishes in SF held indoor Masses following the Governor’s statewide order. Then the City sent the archdiocese a letter stating it had not given permission. I can cut her some slack here since most people I know are losing track of linear time right now.
Don’t cut her any slack until she repents for supporting cutting up unborn babies. Her sacrilegious communions don’t mean she’s Catholic.
yet another august title in addition
to that of “Speaker of the House;”
Maybe it was a black mass.
Very strange, the idolization of RBG and her “civil rights accomplishments.” I know of a far better America, where God was honored, where Christians and Jews (RBG was Jewish) belonged to churches and synagogues and worshiped there weekly, and good, Biblically-based morals were upheld all over the land. Where women loved being normal women, and men loved being normal men– and where women cherished their natural, normal role as respected wives and mothers. Where Motherhood was sacred– and abortion–baby murder– was unthinkable– and illegal. Only a few intellectuals needed to be “RGB”-type “career women.” I have known a far better America, where traditional marriage and family was cherished and protected from evil– and where immoral misfits and “LGBT” sexual activity was known as “deviant and sinful behavior,” where teen sex before marriage was known as deviant, unacceptable, mortal sin– and where all of these these types were all refused their “civil rights” to sin— and where “RBGs” did not exist as leaders in any profession. I miss our true, authentic America, of our forefathers.