At St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco, a sprinkler system was installed in the four entrance alcoves to “discourage” the homeless from taking shelter there from the elements. Apparently, it’s been in operation for a couple of years.
“The idea was not to remove those persons, but to encourage them to relocate to other areas of the Cathedral, which are protected and safer. The purpose was to make the Cathedral grounds as well as the homeless people who happen to be on those grounds safer.
“We are sorry that our intentions have been misunderstood and recognize that the method used was ill-conceived. It actually has had the opposite effect from what it was intended to do, and for this we are very sorry.”
~Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese, Bishop William Justice
I guess the idea of having someone invite these people to relocate these other, more protected and safer areas of the cathedral, never crossed anyone’s mind.
Oh, and great last name, Bishop Justice. You win Irony for today.
“I was hungry and you formed a humanities club and discussed my hunger.
I was imprisoned and you crept off quietly to your chapel and prayed for my release.
I was naked and in your mind you debated the morality of my appearance.
I was sick and you knelt and thanked god for your health.
I was homeless and you preached to me of the spiritual shelter of the love of god.
I was lonely and you left me alone to go and pray for me.
You seem so holy, so close to god.
but I’m still very hungry and lonely and cold.”