SF archbishop asks why people can shop at Nordstrom, but not go to church inside

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The Catholic archbishop of San Francisco led a protest on Sunday criticizing the city's restrictions on reopening churches during the coronavirus pandemic.

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone delivered an impassioned sermon at an outdoor mass at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption after a march through the streets, calling for the right to worship indoors.

Cordileone condemned city leaders for allowing retail to operate indoors before houses of worship.

"The City continues to place unrealistic and suffocating restrictions on our natural and constitutional right to worship. This willful discrimination is affecting us all," Cordileone said in his remarks posted by the church online. "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?"

The march started at three separate parish locations around the city, with the groups convening at the City Hall where they were greeted by the archbishop. They then walked en ma... (Read more)