The San Francisco cathedral that built a sprinkler system to ward off the homeless says they’re sorry they were “misunderstood.”
Bishop William Justice, who is also the Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese, spoke about the sprinklers during a Wednesday news conference and noted that two of the four sprinklers had already been disabled. He also extolled the virtues of the Archdiocese and the work it does for the homeless before attempting to quell the outrage over the water system.
“We are sorry that our intentions have been misunderstood and recognize that the method was ill-conceived,” Justice said. “It actually has had an opposite effect from what it was intended to do, and for that we are very sorry and apologize.”
In a formal statement obtained by KCBS, Justice further explained that the intent of the system was to increase safety in the area.
“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,” Justice said. “The purpose was to make the Cathedral grounds as well as the homeless people who happen to be on those grounds safer.”
These folks make a living by selling myths and fables, so it’s no surprise they came up with this whopper of an excuse. But somewhere in one of their faerie stories there’s a line about “thou shalt not bear false witness,” right?