Archbishop of San Francisco Salvatore J. Cordileone says he’s had it with local politicians who “openly discriminate” against Catholics with contradictory coronavirus rules.
The city’s religious community has been forced to limit outdoor services to 50 people for months, and a single person is permitted to pray at a time inside the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption.
“It has become clear to me that they just don’t care about you,” he said Sunday, Catholic News Agency reported. “We have been patiently putting up with unjust treatment long enough, and now it is time to come together to witness to our faith and to the primacy of God, and tell City Hall: No More!”
The archbishop’s anger comes against a political backdrop in which San Francisco is allowing businesses to open to various capacities.
“One person at a time in this great Cathedral to pray? What an insult,” the religious leader continued. “This is a mockery. They are mocking you, and even worse, they are mocking God. … This willful discrimination is affecting us all. Yes, discrimination, because there is no other word for it. … We ask: why can people shop at Nordstrom’s at 25% capacity but only one of you at a time is allowed to pray inside of this great Cathedral, your Cathedral? Is this equality? No, there is no reason for this new rule except a desire to put Catholics — to put you — at the back of the line.”
Further underscoring the point is the fact that the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco submitted a safety plan in May for reopening churches and still has not heard back from city officials.
“Our blessed Lord is openly mocked to the gleeful grins of the cultural elites,” the archbishop continued. “The sacred symbol of the religious habit is blasphemed with glowing approval of those who profess mutual respect and tolerance for others who are different, while they openly discriminate against us.”
CNA noted that some of the businesses allowed more one-on-one contact than the archdiocese include “hair salons, nail salons and massage parlors.”