The drought in California is a real thing;
the state is dryer than at any time since 1895.
But with Jesus on your side,
who needs drought restrictions?
Not Saint Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco,
home to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese there.
The church features four tall and sheltered doorways,
a metaphor of sanctuary for the faithful.
Just don’t be homeless and use them for actual shelter.
The showers run for about 75 seconds every 30 to 60 minutes starting before sunset, simultaneously in all four doorways.
It soaks the homeless and all of their belongings,
and on cold nights has led to hypothermia.
Neighbors call the practice “inhumane.”
The city says it is “an illegal installation” while the state calls it a “violation of water use restrictions.”
But the church just calls it a sensible means to wash syringes, cigarette butts and other unmentionables away in time for Sunday morning.
The Archdiocese scrambled with a hasty press release,
promising to take the sprinklers down.
But some sins do not wash away so easily.