A Catholic church in San Francisco pushed back a visit from Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone scheduled for a Dec. 19 Mass after he recently revealed that he’s unvaccinated.

Pastor and Jesuit father George Williams informed the parish of St. Agnes Catholic Church in the Haight of the decision in a church bulletin last weekend. He wrote that he had called the archbishop and asked him to reschedule his visit for a later time “because many people in the parish had expressed concern about this.” Williams did not specify a later date for a visit.

“I feel it is important that everyone feel safe, and we all do our part to prevent the spread of COVID19, especially now with the new Omicron Variant. These are stressful times enough and I felt his pastoral visit to us would be overshadowed by concerns about the pandemic,” Williams wrote in the bulletin. “I urge anyone in our parish who has not yet been vaccinated to do so. Pope Francis said, “Getting vaccinated is a simple yet profound way to care for one another, especially the most vulnerable.”

Williams didn’t immediately return a request for comment….

The above comes from a Dec. 10 story in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Your thoughts on Archbishop Cordileone’s unvaccinated status

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone defended his decision not to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, contradicting public health officials’ medical advice and Pope Francis’ calls for vaccinations as an act of love. NCR readers responded to his statements. The letters have been edited for length and clarity. To join the conversation, follow the guidelines below.

The pope has well stated our Christian obligation to vaccinate in compliance with Christ’s great commandment that we love one another. Should the archbishop be denied Holy Communion because of his ongoing and deliberate ” sinful” conduct and especially as a public figure?

Sydney, Australia


This man should be censured and relieved of his duties. He is in danger of being an asymptomatic carrier and, as such, is a wolf in sheep’s clothing among the flock of humanity. None of his actions should ever be considered in light of “personal choice.” His actions should be inspired only by “good for all.”

San Diego, California


What I have long suspected has been proven true: some clerics in the upper ranks of the Catholic hierarchy are not immune from stupidity!

Spencer, Massachusetts…

The above is from a Dec. 10 feature in the National Catholic Reporter.