I wonder how politicians ever got the idea that the Church hierarchy would hardly push back at all against their massive overreach in shutting down churches and limiting the number of people who attend services?
Hmmm. Yeah, that’s a rhetorical question.
I truly wish Catholics and Christians would rise up and revolt against this outrageous overreach and restore our rights so that the majority of us can go back to making the personal choice of skipping Mass, rather than it being legislated that we skip Mass.
As a faithful Catholic I’d greatly prefer my Church to be empty because we suck rather than politician’s mandates.
Anyway, enough of my snark.
Jesus did say, “let the little children come to me.” But maybe He didn’t know about the Coronavirus when He said that. OK. Seriously now, that’s it. No more.
So some sorta’ good news.
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.
“I never expected that the most basic religious freedom, the right to worship—protected so robustly in our Constitution’s First Amendment—would be unjustly repressed by an American government,” he said in an op-ed for The Washington Post. It was posted the evening of Sept. 16 on the daily newspaper’s website.
“But that is exactly what is happening in San Francisco. For months now, the city has limited worship services to just 12 people outdoors. Worship inside our own churches is banned,” he continued.
“The city recently announced it will now allow 50 for outdoor worship, with a goal of permitting indoor services up to a maximum of 25 people by Oct. 1—less than 1 percent of the capacity of San Francisco’s St. Mary’s Cathedral.”
“This is not nearly enough to accommodate the hundreds of thousands of Catholics in San Francisco,” he added. The archbishop’s op-ed came a few days after he issued a memo to all priests of the San Francisco Archdiocese calling on each parish to gather parishioners to participate in Eucharistic processions to U.N. Plaza next to City Hall Sept. 20 “to witness to the city that faith matters.”
Three parishes are each organizing a procession that he said he hopes all parishes will join.
After reaching the plaza, the entire group will process together to the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption for the celebration of multiple outdoor Masses. Participants will be wearing masks and following “proper social distancing,” he added.
It would be a little more in your face if they didn’t do an outdoor Mass but instead went inside but hey, I’ll take what I can get. I mean, the poor guy is in San Francisco. That’s mission territory there friends.
If we inadvertently break the laws of San Francisco by going indoors to Mass we could just claim God set us up, like Nancy Pelosi did. Hey, it worked for her.