“KCBS has learned that Saint Mary’s Cathedral, the principal church of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, has installed a watering system to keep the homeless from sleeping in the cathedral’s doorways.”
This church refers homeless people to several denominationally affiliated services for the homeless and doesn’t want a bunch of drunk people sitting on their porches.
Although I can understand their plight and it is easy to judge them since no drunk homeless people are sleeping at our doorstep every night, it does seem a bit weird.
“Jennifer Friedenbach, executive director of the Coalition on Homeless said, “It’s very shocking, and very inhumane. There’s not really another way to describe it. Certainly not formed on the basis of Catholic teachings.””
Perhaps it’s an application of giving a cold glass of water to your enemies? Perhaps it’s an offer of living water in metaphorical terms? Perhaps they believe in baptismal regeneration and believe they are adding souls to heaven?
Then again, it sounds more like people with vested interests in earthly things and in order to protect earthly things one must drive off those who mess up earthly things.