Speaker Nancy Pelosi has essentially admitted to violating a city coronavirus health order by attending Catholic mass. And she says she recently received communion despite a career of violating the Catholic Church’s teachings against abortion.
This comes as Democrats in her state and around the nation have spent the last several months locking down America and specifically targeting churches with orders to ban services or limit the number of people who can attend them.
Catholic News Agency has more on Pelosi’s admission:
After San Francisco’s archbishop called on the city to reopen churches for indoor Masses, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said he should listen to the “science,” but admitted she had recently attended a church service in the city, possibly in violation of public health orders.
“With all due respect to my archbishop, I think we should follow science on this,” Pelosi told reporters at a press conference at the U.S. Capitol on Friday.
“I don’t know if [San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone] was speaking as our pastor or as a lobbyist—advocate. But whatever it is, I am sure that he must have meant [reopen churches] if it is scientifically safe, rather than jeopardizing people’s health if they want to go to Church,” she added.
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Citing a recent Washington Post op-ed by Cordileone, in which the archbishop criticized the “unfairness” of a city health order that currently bars indoor religious services except for funerals, while allowing businesses such as gyms and nail salons to serve customers indoors, Erik Rosales of EWTN News Nightly asked Pelosi, a Catholic elected from a San Francisco district, for comment.
Rosales asked Pelosi on Friday, “Should churches in San Francisco be allowed to reopen with precautions?”
Pelosi’s answer suggested she may have violated standing health regulations herself. The congresswoman said that she had attended church in San Francisco “recently, and I did receive Communion.” She noted that she had to sign up in advance to do so, and “there were probably 12 people” in attendance, observing social distance, in a church that fit around 250 people.
“With all due respect to my archbishop, I think we should follow science on this, and faith & science are sometimes counter to each other” — @ErikRosalesNews asked @SpeakerPelosi whether churches in San Francisco should be allowed to re-open if they adhere to safety precautions. pic.twitter.com/BgXr05fXd7
— EWTN News Nightly (@EWTNNewsNightly) September 18, 2020
But pastors and churches have been hit with criminal charges and fines for following the same kind of guidelines Pelosi herself admitted to following in order to have services. And her attendance apparently violated San Francisco city health policy that currently allows just one person in a church at a time.
The city mayor did not allow churches to resume limited in-person services until September 14th.
Pelosi is an outspoken abortion activist and has come under fire for flouting her supposed Catholic faith to promote abortion and vote to force Americans to fund killing babies in abortions.