What Would Jesus Do? Catholic Church Installs ‘Watering System’ to Drench Sleeping Homeless People
A Catholic church in San Francisco has installed a “watering system” to stop homeless people from sleeping outside the church by drenching them with water.
KCBS reports that Saint Mary’s Cathedral, the primary church for Archdiocese of San Francisco, has installed a system that pours water on homeless people who try to sleep under the cover of the building’s doorway.
The station reports that “water pours from a hole in the ceiling, about 30 feet above, drenching the alcove and anyone in it. The shower ran for about 75 seconds every 30 to 60 minutes we while we were there, starting before sunset, simultaneously in all four doorways. KCBS witnessed it soak homeless people and their belongings.”
A homeless man named Robert told the station that people are still risking their health and trying to sleep under the doorway.
“We’re going to be wet there all night, so hypothermia, cold, all that other stuff could set in,” Robert said. “Keeping the church clean, but it could make people sick.”
A neighbor noted that the system is not just “inhuman” but a waste of water given California’s crippling drought.
Archdiocese spokesperson Chris Lyford told the station, “We do the best we can, supporting the dignity of each person. But there is only so much you can do.”