Pelosi goes to church, but then denies going rogue on public health regulations
The publishers of Webster’s Dictionary, were they considering an illustrated version, perhaps could define “gall” with a simple artist’s rendering of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The 80-year-old San Francisco Democrat has offered enough insolence during 2020 to last most of us a lifetime.
For example, she’s blamed President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans for blocking COVID-19 relief, even as she refused to bring such bills up for consideration in the House. Meanwhile, as she was stalling that aid and millions of anxious Americans were suddenly jobless because of dubious lockdown strategies, she went on TV with CBS late-night host James Corden and showed off her $20,000-plus fridge, filled with $13-a-pint ice cream containers.
Then earlier this month, we learned that Her Speakerness violated California’s lockdown rules with a private trip to a beauty salon for a hair-do — and then blamed the salon owner for setting her up by releasing the security camera footage of her “do” process.
Now, Pelosi has audaciously dragged the Catholic Church into her shamelessness.
Last week Archbishop Salvatore Joseph Cordileone of San Francisco criticized government lockdown policies prohibiting large public gatherings as detrimental to his flock and afoul of freedom of religion.
“We Catholics respect legitimate authority, and we recognize that the government has a right to impose reasonable public health rules, just as we recognize its right to issue safety codes for our church buildings,” the archbishop wrote in part. “But when government asserts authority over the church’s very right to worship, it crosses a line.”
Cordileone also challenged the notion of whether attending church was a super-spreader event.
That was a claim the city made in June.
San Francisco ended public Masses on March 17. Three months later, Cordileone encouraged people back to church in defiance of the regulation.
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera subsequently chided the archbishop for churches’ flouting the rules. His letter noted that “indoor services with congregants continue to pose a serious public health risk and are consequently prohibited under the Health Order for the time being, with a narrow exception for funerals with 12 or fewer persons.”
Furthermore, the city’s policy on houses of worship allowed one person at a time inside the building, and that was just “for prayer, individual counseling, to pick up, or drop off items.”
At a new conference on Friday following Cordileone’s op-ed, Pelosi took the archbishop to task. “With all due respect to my archbishop,” she said, “I think we should follow science on this.”
“I don’t know if he was speaking as our pastor or as a lobbyist — advocate. But whatever it is, I am sure that he must have meant if it is scientifically safe, rather than jeopardizing people’s health if they want to go to church,” she added.
But Pelosi committed a gaffe — which in politicalspeak means she let the truth slip out.
When a Catholic News Agency correspondent asked Pelosi if churches should reopen with appropriate precautions, she admitted that she “recently” went to Mass in San Francisco and received Communion.
She said she had to sign up in advance. “They only had two places left, so fortunately I got in under the wire,” she said.
Once at the service, Pelosi added, “there were probably 12 people” present in a church that held 250 people. The dozen parishioners there were “very, very, very spaced,” the speaker told reporters.
Yet as CNA observed, “Pelosi’s answer suggested she may have violated standing health regulations herself.”
That’s because she described an indoor service attended by more than one person that wasn’t a funeral.
By Friday night, Pelosi’s office was in full spin mode.
Her spokesman claimed to CNA that she “misspoke.” Yet, CNA noted, he “did not explain what Pelosi referred to when she described … attending what appeared to be an indoor Mass and receiving Communion ‘recently’ at a San Francisco church.”
Pelosi might be all about following science, but rules not so much. In her mind, those are for thee but nor for me.
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