CNA Staff, Aug 31, 2020 / 14:30 pm
In a letter to San Francisco's Mayor London Breed and other city officials, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone on Monday called on the city's secular authorities to, "at a minimum, remove the excessive limits on outdoor public worship."
"Particularly for us as Catholics, attending the Mass and receiving the Body and Blood of Christ in person is the source and the summit of our faith, and we have shown we can celebrate the Mass safely," Cordileone wrote Aug. 31.
The San Francisco County Department of Health is currently limiting outdoor worship services to 12 people, with indoor worship services prohibited. The archdiocese covers the city and county of San Francisco- where the cathedral is located- as well as San Mateo and Marin counties.
Cordileone called the city's restrictions on outdoor Masses "a serious deprivation of our rights as Americans under the First Amendment and our spiritual needs as people of faith."