Stop Catholic Church from Blasting Homeless People with Water

Saint Mary's Cathedral, San Francisco, CA

Target: Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, Archbishop of Saint Mary’s Cathedral

Goal: Stop Catholic Church from abusing homeless people by spraying massive amounts of water on them.

A Catholic church is blasting people with insane amounts of water because they want homeless people to stay away from their property. This action is extremely cruel, especially when one considers how much the Catholic Church touts their value system.

Watering systems are installed from the ceiling of all four entrances of Saint Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco, CA. Water automatically sprays from above the person in a fierce manner, and it is not known when these powerful water blasts will take place. Homeless people who get hit with a substantial amount of water are at great risk of getting sick, especially since—in many cases—they are not able to take hot showers and change out of the clothes they are wearing.

Spraying homeless people with insane amounts of water is immensely unethical, especially when it is done by a church that claims they stand by The Golden Rule which states, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” In addition, it is also irresponsible from a conservation standpoint, since reputable scientists have stated that California only has a year’s worth of water supply left.

Sign this petition and tell Saint Mary’s Cathedral that instead of spending money and wasting water on inhumane ways to get rid of the homeless, maybe they should actually apply The Golden Rule and spend the same amount of money on helping these people, instead. No person should ever be treated with such coldness and indecency, especially from people who claim to practice Christianity.


Dear Archbishop Cordileone,

People are being blasted with extreme amounts of water from all four church entrances. While this system may deter homeless people from walking onto the property, doing so is remarkably cruel. By using this system, the church is displaying a horrible example for the community, and is furthermore silently claiming it is not important to uphold the morals and values that most Catholics say are essential to practice.

Because homeless people usually have no way of showering or changing clothes, or even have clean clothes to change into, they are at a much greater risk of getting sick than others. Their objective in going under the church’s awnings is likely only to find a protective covering outside because they literally have no place to go or to keep warm.

Even though these people may leave and not come back, the church is exacerbating the problem of ensuring that more homeless people remain in society by using this unethical system. Furthermore, California’s water supply is supposed to run out in the near future, and using this system is in no way improving that crucial situation, either.

Instead of displaying such low standards, Saint Mary’s Cathedral should be setting an example for all Christians by exploring ways in which they can help the homeless. The same amount of money that is spent to deter homeless people from stepping on church grounds could also be spent on helping them.

No human being should ever be treated in this manner, especially when The Golden Rule makes it clear that we should treat people how we would like to be treated. For all of these reasons, I urge you to stop using this inhumane system and to look for efficient ways to help people who truly need it. In today’s economy, that homeless person could one day be you or someone else you love. Please do not let such heartless procedures continue.


[Your Name Here]

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