More than a thousand Catholics from around the Bay Area gathered Sunday morning in San Francisco for a eucharistic procession to protest the city’s restrictions on religious gatherings. Led by Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, the crowd walked from Civic Center Plaza across from City Hall to St. Mary’s Cathedral before spreading across the plaza and parking lots to attend one of 18 Masses being offered.
“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 to tell City Hall, no more,” Archbishop Cordileone said.
The archbishop invited Catholics to join him for the procession Sept. 13, a few days after Mayor London Breed published a reopening plan that allowed for more indoor businesses to resume but restricted worship sites to one indoor visitor and up to 50 congregants for services outdoors. Indoor worship with up to 25 people could resume by October, according to her plan.