San Francisco archbishop apologizes after DUI arrest
August 27th, 2012
10:42 PM ET

San Francisco archbishop apologizes after DUI arrest

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - The newly appointed archbishop of San Francisco apologized Monday after being arrested Saturday in San Diego on an allegation of driving under the influence.

"I apologize for my error in judgment and feel shame for the disgrace I have brought upon the church and myself," Archbishop-designate Salvatore Cordileone said in a written statement.

"I will repay my debt to society and I ask forgiveness from my family and my friends and co-workers at the Diocese of Oakland and the Archdiocese of San Francisco. I pray that God, in his inscrutable wisdom, will bring some good out of this."

Cordileone was stopped at a routine DUI checkpoint, according to Lt. Gary Hassen of the San Diego police.

"While visiting in San Diego this past weekend, I had dinner at the home of some friends along with a priest friend visiting from outside the country and my mother, who lives near San Diego State University," according to Cordileone. "While driving my mother home, I passed through a DUI checkpoint the police had set up near the SDSU campus before I reached her home, and was found to be over the California legal blood-alcohol level."

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The state's legal limit is .08%.

Cordileone was bailed out of the San Diego County Jail on Sunday morning, Hassen said. The officer did not know who posted the $2,500 bond.

Pope Benedict on July 27 named Cordileone the new metropolitan archbishop of San Francisco.

Cordileone, who had served as bishop of Oakland since May 2009, was appointed after the resignation of Archbishop George H. Niederauer, 76, according to the the website of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Cordileone is to be installed St. Mary's Cathedral in October, according to CNN affiliate KGO.

He was a controversial choice for San Francisco, which has a large gay population. Cordileone is known as a conservative on social issues and was a vigorous supporter of Proposition 8, the voter-approved measure to ban same-sex marriage in California.

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A federal appeals court ruled against Proposition 8 in February, saying it unconstitutionally singles out gays and lesbians for discrimination.

Supporters of Proposition 8, which passed with 52% of the vote in 2008, said they were willing to take the issue to the U.S. Supreme Court. A stay halting same-sex marriages remains in place as the appeals continue.

CNN's Deanna Proeller contributed to this report.

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soundoff (282 Responses)
  1. Orwell prefers Guyana punch

    The GOP should ask the pope for two archbishops to speak in Tampa.
    This one should fit in, just like the other one.

    August 28, 2012 at 4:02 am |
  2. craig

    This isn't a "left" or "right" thing. This is a simple legal question, and, when you think about it, getting stopped is the third strike. You're out!

    First pitch: You can chose not to drink. Lots of people don't drink, or chose not to if they know they're going to drive. So...he swung at the first pitch: Strike One!

    Second pitch: Even if you screwed up the first pitch, you still get another chance. You can chose not to drive. There's nothing illegal about drinking, especially in private. So...now you swing at the second pitch. Strike Two!

    Now, you drive around while impaired, endangering yourself and others on the road. A police officer happens to find you...doesn't matter how. Check point, bad driving, an accident, whatever. Guess what? STRIKE THREE!

    You're out. No mercy, because you had those first two pitches and whiffed. Don't expect me to feel sorry for you. You had enough chances, and your decisions demonstrate that you simply don't care.

    August 28, 2012 at 3:39 am |
  3. E

    Don't care at all. This one time, at band camp...yeah, that mattered more.

    August 28, 2012 at 3:31 am |
  4. Sorsha

    All I see here is hatred, ranting, raving and a whole lot of poor grammar and spelling. Doesn't anyone have anything better to do than spew hatred and self righteous vitriol at each other. Oh, never mind, I guess not!

    August 28, 2012 at 2:32 am |
    • Christard

      Why are you here moron?

      August 28, 2012 at 2:44 am |
    • Chris

      Thank you Christard, I now understand your alien post. Its all good. The show "Newsroom" has been doing a bit about what you do. I have to ask, what about you? You must have wants and goal. Is this getting you there, or is it just filling the lack of caring that people that do this accept?

      August 28, 2012 at 2:55 am |
  5. realbuckyball

    I thought the Romans say their church is built on scripture and tradition. Why was he appointed, (as in the Italian civil model of athority from around 1100 CE), and not elected, as is the traditional way presbyters were chosen in the early church.
    Oh, it's Tradition, when it's convenient. Oh. I get it.

    August 28, 2012 at 2:07 am |
    • ajk68

      Tradition has to do with the "handing on" (traditio) of doctrine. The manner for selection of bishops is not a matter of doctrine. The requirement for episcopal consecration is.

      August 28, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  6. HeavenSent

    You athiests come on these blogs and criticize a good God fearing man who made a minor mistake. His mom needed to get home. My giant camel-toe has claimed yet another victom. When will you realize Jesus died for our sins and forgives us?


    August 28, 2012 at 2:06 am |
    • realbuckyball

      The gay bars in San Diego are more discreet, for him to drink at.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:08 am |
    • Stefanie

      Are you serious? Or delirious?

      August 28, 2012 at 2:32 am |
    • realbuckyball

      Prolly both.

      August 28, 2012 at 4:45 am |
    • Anne112

      A minor mistake? I think not. He's lucky he didn't hit/kill someone.

      August 28, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
  7. actionactor

    Praise the Lord and Pass the Beer..... GO BISHY GO !!!!

    August 28, 2012 at 1:56 am |
  8. Chris

    Once again, CNN posters prove the left is just as hateful, if not more so, than the right. When you all work out who hates the most, hopefully our country will return stronger than before. Love rules, forgiveness is the pathway, and hopefully friendship still beats strong.

    August 28, 2012 at 1:29 am |
    • Alien Orifice

      Chris, only a Republican Christard could equate intelligence with a lack of love. Wow, you do all the work for us.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:01 am |
    • tffl

      Not sure why you think all of the anti-religion posters are "leftists" – the extremely right-wing Ayn Rand, the poster child for conservatives, was expressly and vocally anti-religion (_much_ moreso than most on the left).

      August 28, 2012 at 2:11 am |
    • Chris

      Did I speak about religion tffl? And alien, I'm an independent, the vote that chooses between two lousy choices. I'm the vote you need, and there are millions of Us. If you didn't know, I'm part of the growing group that's sick of all your division. We are a country of great people, that care, and watch out for each other. Politics is trying to divide that, and its all crap. People are great, our country is good, and whatever either party does to divide us only make the true Americans stronger. Freedom, Family, and Love is what we live by. Our opinion is the most important.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:38 am |
    • Orwell prefers Guyana punch

      Chris you sound a little grumpy, and paranoid.
      Get some sleep and take your wing nut pills, it will improve your self righteousness.

      August 28, 2012 at 4:15 am |
  9. Topher

    I'd love to discuss any Christian theology issues if anyone has any questions ...

    August 28, 2012 at 1:25 am |
    • Gopher

      Why are you so stupid?

      August 28, 2012 at 1:28 am |
    • Topher

      I blame my public school education. 😉

      Why do you reject Jesus Christ?

      August 28, 2012 at 1:40 am |
    • Gopher

      The same reason you reject Zeus.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:46 am |
    • realbuckyball

      Why ? Were you planning on asking a theologian to help you ? You ceratainly are not qualified .

      August 28, 2012 at 1:51 am |
    • Topher

      Why do you say that?

      August 28, 2012 at 1:57 am |
    • realbuckyball

      You have proven you know absolutely nothing about ancient history, and the origins of your cult. If you did, you would dump it, as the human invented BS it is.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:01 am |
    • Gopher

      Why do you reject Zeus, Topher. Seriously.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:06 am |
    • Topher

      Because I don't reject Christ. If Christ is real, Zeus can't be.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:07 am |
    • realbuckyball

      If Jesus existed, he was a combo meal. There were about 20 preachers in his area, at that time. They all did the same stuff. Nazareth did not exist as a town. (It was a graveyard).

      August 28, 2012 at 2:16 am |
    • Gopher

      Circular argument. Total fail.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:16 am |
    • Alien Orifice

      Jesus is no more real than Santa...

      When you look at different religions, they usually contain "magic." For example:

      • The Mormon religion contains the magical golden plates, the magical angel, the magical seer stones, the magical ascension of the plates into heaven, etc.

      • The Muslim faith contains the magical angel, the magical flying horse, the magical voices, the magical prophet, etc.

      • The Christian faith contains the magical insemination, the magical star, the magical dreams, the magical miracles, the magical resurrection, the magical ascension and so on.

      The presence of "magic" is a clear marker for "imaginary." For example, how do we know that Santa is imaginary? Because (among other things) he has eight magical flying reindeer. How do we know that Jack and the Beanstalk is a fairy tale? Because (among other things) the story contains magical seeds. In the same way, how do we know that God is make believe? Because God is surrounded by magic.

      According to believers, God is an all-powerful being who has the divine, magical power to do anything. How do we know that this belief is a fairy tale? One way to know is to try to invoke God's magical power. For example, the Bible tells us in many places that God answers prayers. However, whenever we try to pray, we notice that nothing happens. That tells us that God is completely imaginary. The magical powers ascribed to him are a fairy tale.

      Another way to know is to read the stories of magical events in the Bible. There is the magical flood, yet we know with certainty that the flood never happened. There are the magical miracles of Jesus, but (predictably) none of these miracles left behind any tangible evidence. There is the magical resurrection, yet there is zero evidence that it ever occurred and no reason to believe it.

      God is identical to Leprechauns, mermaids and Santa. God is a magical fairy tale creature. The magic surrounding God tells us that God is imaginary.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:17 am |
    • realbuckyball

      They ARE both real. Real myths.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:18 am |
    • sam stone

      Why do reject Vishnu?

      August 28, 2012 at 4:19 am |
    • realbuckyball

      Too many squat thrusts. I can't get my legs to do that.

      August 28, 2012 at 4:46 am |
  10. Nate Higgers

    Religion is a complete fraud. If you cannot see this, then I just don't know what to tell you.

    August 28, 2012 at 1:21 am |
  11. fandancy

    "I apologize for my error in judgement" Translation: I'm sorry I got caught.

    August 28, 2012 at 1:17 am |
    • Anne112

      Pretty much...

      August 28, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
  12. The 8th Day

    He had to throw God into this?

    August 28, 2012 at 1:02 am |

    C'mon...He Gay!!!!

    August 28, 2012 at 12:44 am |
    • Lucifer

      Which would explain why he is so vocal on anti-gay causes. It'a always the ones that protest the most that turn out to be closet cases.

      August 28, 2012 at 12:49 am |
    • Tiffany Epiphany

      Caught drunk in his car with his mother. Starting to look like he is a motherfucker.

      August 28, 2012 at 12:52 am |

    AT LEAST HE was not raping some kids.

    August 28, 2012 at 12:40 am |
    • Lucifer

      That's becuase he got arrested before he got to them.

      August 28, 2012 at 12:50 am |
  15. Cardinal Howard, Cardinal Fine, Cardinal Howard

    As part of our campaign to put an end to the child molestation scandal, we have re-educated our clergy to better ways.

    They now get to get drunk and molest their mothers in cars in San Diego. It overcomes that sexual repression thing, and our studies have found that mothers are far far less likely to drop a dime on their sons. Pope has removed that from the sin list.

    August 28, 2012 at 12:39 am |
  16. Jesse Gonzalez

    The late Pope John Paul II was under the microscope of the world media; they never found nothing negative. ANDERSON COPPER KINDLY HIGHLIGHT THIS FACT PLEASE. (Is this the best you can do? CNN. A drunk bishop?)

    August 28, 2012 at 12:36 am |
    • Lucifer

      don't make excuses for the loser. He was DRIVING drunk. Not just a drunk bishop but a criminal. I know we all the catholic priests who are criminals many catholics think it's normal. It's not.

      August 28, 2012 at 12:51 am |
    • katie

      Anderson Copper?

      August 28, 2012 at 1:46 am |
    • realbuckyball

      Hey idiiot. If they never found nothing negative, you do realize that means they DID find something ?
      OMf'nG. Catholics are such idiots.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:56 am |
    • ajk68

      Technically you don't know he was drunk. He was driving under the influence. It could be he didn't wait long enough for a few glasses of wine to metabolize.

      August 28, 2012 at 6:32 pm |
  17. mlr

    should have done pot – then he would just fit in with the freaks that live out there

    August 28, 2012 at 12:29 am |
    • Da King

      Well, mir, you are certainly an enlightened being.

      August 28, 2012 at 12:37 am |
    • Lucifer

      That's right mlr becuase no one anywhere outside of california smokes weed.

      August 28, 2012 at 12:52 am |
    • CA Liberal

      Well Mir....No DUI on pot, no problem.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:42 am |
  18. Daniel

    The Lord works in mysterious ways!

    August 28, 2012 at 12:27 am |
    • Zeus

      Yes I do!

      August 28, 2012 at 12:33 am |
    • sqeptiq

      Zeus, you filthy imposter!
      I am Ahura Mazda, supreme among the gods!

      August 28, 2012 at 1:10 am |
    • realbuckyball

      No sweetie. I am the god of the Hebrews, and Jeebus' father.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:59 am |
  19. ValleyGal3000

    Should have stuck to the holy water !

    August 28, 2012 at 12:26 am |
  20. John

    Ok so how many young boys did he molest?

    August 28, 2012 at 12:23 am |
    • Matthew

      Zero, apparently. I didn't find any reference to child molestation in this article. If you're concerned about that topic, though, I suggest you scrutinize your children's teachers and sports coaches first. You know, people who come into contact with your children on a near-daily basis. Statistically, such people are most likely to be molesters.

      August 28, 2012 at 12:42 am |
    • Lucifer

      John, be smart, don't listen to Matthew. You know the parish priest is the first one to scrutinize. Sure teachers and sports coaches too but priests abuse rates are much higher.

      August 28, 2012 at 12:54 am |
    • realbuckyball

      That applies only to first-time molesters. The probability that a molester will re-offend is around 90 %. If a priest is an offender, (and there is no way you would know, as the church hides it), he WILL do it again.
      Keep your boys away from priests.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:13 am |
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