Today, Mayor Breed announced that San Francisco will permit indoor religious worship up to the extent permitted by state health regulations: 25% or up to 100 people maximum. Archbishop Cordileone responds: “I want to thank Mayor London Breed for recognizing that faith is essential. As well, I want to thank the thousands of San Francisco Catholics and others who joined the processions, the more than 35,000 who signed the petition at FreeTheMass.com/QueremosLaMisa.com, came to St. Mary Cathedral’s outdoor plaza to witness to our faith, wrote letters to the editor or op-eds, and who generally spoke up with one united voice under the banner: We are essential! Free the Mass!
“October 3, the Vigil Feast of San Francisco’s patron saint, St. Francis of Assisi, will now, instead of a public manifestation of faith to urge fair treatment, be a united prayer of thanksgiving from the heart of San Francisco’s Catholics. Please join us.
“Our petition effort, though, is not ended. The state of California’s limit of no more than 100 people inside of a house of worship regardless of the size of the building is still unjust. We want and we intend to worship God safely: with masks, social distancing, sanitation, ventilation, and other such safety protocols. But we will not accept believers being treated more severely than other, comparable secular activities.
Full story at benedictinstitute.org.
subject to the recommendation of the knowlegable medical authorities [not just some irrelevant specialist] treat all groups equally.
I am anxiously awaiting to reenter my beloved parish. Finally! At the same time we must recognize that the City’s plans to reopen were surely in place long before the recent rally. I pray that all houses of worship will follow protocols for safety and that a resurgence of infections will not occur.
Mere crumbs from the table of Christian-loathing bureaucrats. Our demand remains the same: without restriction, Open the Churches!
Our demand remains the same: Protect lives.
No YFC your demand is exert control over people lives, this has always been the goal of the Left… Covid is your dream come true… Close the bath houses
“Our demand” says a lot about you, Your Fellow Catholics (now plural! How many of you are in there?!)
Most of my fellow Catholics long to safely return to church and the sacraments.
(Who speaks in first-person plural other than the Pope? And, Holy Father, if that’s you, please let us know and I will give more deference to you than YFC singular.)
Probably legions, covered in fairy dust.
“YFC”, your demand is so vague that it is meaningless. Leaving it to leftist San Francisco pols to define “protect lives” would be crazy! You could stay home, ensconced in your little room, subsisting on contactless deliveries, depriving yourself of human contact, but even then, are you “protected”? One good earthquake will push you into the streets, is your life still “protected”? Join the Rosary Procession this weekend in SF, pray for common sense.
YFC – What is more important? The salvation of souls or the saving of lives? It really is that simple however complicated you want to make it.
It’s not a black/white issue. Amazing how people who want to save unborn lives don’t care about the lives of those outside the womb and then suddenly switch gears to being concerned about salvation instead of physical life.
There are plenty of pro life people who are doctors, teachers and other kinds of workers who have given most of their salary to helping people, in their own families or elsewhere. Many pro life teachers and instructional assistants have put much of their salary right back into helping their students, and without taking tax deductions. The same with other such workers. If we did not have to fight this battle, more could go to the truly poor.
Our demand remains the same: provide sacraments to the faithful.
If this goes on, and people lose the habit of receiving sacraments, then what for the church?
Had they petitioned the city in what Abp Gomez calls the, uh, dominant language – namely English – they might have met with more success.