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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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Filed under: Bishops • Catholic Church

soundoff (282 Responses)
  1. Sal

    And as usual we get the usual dumb comments in here! 

    August 28, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
  2. YOREALD

    His praying of not getting caught didn't work this time...that is weird...

    August 28, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
  3. tacostand

    Why didn't god intervene and take his keys?

    August 28, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
  4. Carlin123

    "I apologize for my error in judgment and feel shame for the disgrace I have brought upon the church and myself,"
    Now bring on the alter boy's!

    August 28, 2012 at 11:55 am |
  5. James

    "DUI checkpoint the police had set up near the SDSU campus"
    Are we living in a police state?

    August 28, 2012 at 11:47 am |
    • BobPitt

      No... just a state that has zero tolerance for drunks driving..

      August 28, 2012 at 11:58 am |
  6. Pro Death

    No little boys in the car? Imagine my surprise...

    August 28, 2012 at 11:41 am |
    • truth be told

      Ho mo se xuals lied their way into the church so as to easily commit crimes against children.The fault and guilt lies with the criminal ho mos not with the church. That is like blaming banks for bank robbers.

      August 28, 2012 at 11:50 am |
    • BobPitt

      At truth be told…

      I guess there are many perverts in the church, because some of them are protecting the ones that are perpetrators, and that includes the Pope..

      August 28, 2012 at 11:59 am |
    • truth be told

      Justice moves slowly but surely to a conclusion. Personally I think the leadership showed poor judgement in their attempt to minister to criminal ho mo se xuals who had proven themselves liars in the first place. In fairness the leadership is caught between extending the grace and compassion of God to all involved and at the same time restricted as our individual human frailties are not equipped to deal with such horror and deception. None the less the criminal ho mo se xuals are the more guilty and not the church as an inst itution or the clergy as a whole.

      August 28, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
    • sam stone

      tbt: yep, that's all they are is a bunch of child molesters.....you are a moron.

      August 28, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
    • truth be told

      @sam
      By your reasoning then everyone who works at a bank anywhere is a thief because there are those who rob banks.

      August 28, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
    • mk

      "showed poor judgement"???

      Showing poor judgement is picking the wrong socks to match your shirt. They didn't "show poor judgement" any more than they were "extending the grace and compassion of God". They were just plain covering it up! Stop downplaying the crimes committed.

      August 28, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
    • truth be told

      @mk
      It is apparent that you have no concept of confidentiality or compassion. You have a predetermined prejudice that criminalizes the entire church and clergy for the crimes of those few ho mo se xuals that lied their way into the priesthood. You are willing to lump the innocent with the guilty to satisfy your lust for personal justification.

      August 28, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
    • mk

      @tbt
      You seem to overlook the fact that the molestation was covered up and swept under the rug time and time again. I have compassion for those who make a mistake and fix it, but this was not fixed in the slightest. If it had been you or a loved one who had been molested, while the crime was hidden away and ignored and allowed to happen again to some other unknowing victim, how much compassion would you have??

      August 28, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
    • sam stone

      "By your reasoning then everyone who works at a bank anywhere is a thief because there are those who rob banks."

      Apparently, tbt, sarcasm eludes you

      August 28, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Here's my question about so called coverups; If confidentiality agreements were signed and compensation levied in order to protect not only the Church but the families and victims as well, aren't the victims camps equally complicit in the cover ups?

      August 28, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  7. Justaguess

    Also quoted as saying "Hey, at least I didnt molest a boy"

    August 28, 2012 at 11:41 am |
  8. mike

    At least he isnt a pedeophile.

    August 28, 2012 at 11:40 am |
  9. JD

    Guess it's OK to drive drunk but not to be gay!

    August 28, 2012 at 11:37 am |
    • pervert alert

      One drink too many is an honest mistake, being a qu-eer is a deliberate perversion. Drunkenness passes, qu eer kills. Qu eers the people who gave the world AIDS

      August 28, 2012 at 11:46 am |
    • Will

      Truth be told and Pervert Alert both support the hate of the Catholic Church, what perfect little tools they are.

      August 28, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
    • truth be told

      Truth is not hate, ho mo se xuality is an unnatural sin. Get used to Truth. It always has been always will be. There are no rights granted to sin.

      August 28, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
    • sam stone

      there are no rights granted to sin? there are rights granted to free speech, even if it is "sinful"...like telling people that jesus was a drag queen who spent most of his life pleasing his friends in the desert

      August 28, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
  10. OnlyOne

    That's a very gay smile. Of course he doesn't care about gay marriage – he's already married to more men than he could want.

    August 28, 2012 at 11:21 am |
    • Bill Deacon

      What does a gay smile look like?

      August 28, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  11. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    August 28, 2012 at 11:14 am |
    • Evenstar13

      Indeed, faith and prayer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      August 28, 2012 at 11:15 am |
    • BobPitt

      He prays every day, however if he was caught drinking and driving once, my take is that it may not be the first time, just the first time he gets caught..

      Prayer doesn’t help… it won’t help him anyway..

      August 28, 2012 at 11:54 am |
    • truth be told

      .08% is not falling down drunk. DUI has become a big money industry in this country and has quickly outdistanced justice. 0.8% could be as few as three beers or less and gone in a very short time span yet it becomes the "criminal" standard.There are problem drunk drivers out there, this man is not one of them.

      August 28, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
  12. Evenstar13

    As a Catholic, it makes me beyond crazy mad when a leader of the church, either Catholic or Protestant, can not lead by example! Their hypocisy does so much harm to those of faith, as it creates doubt in those of positions of leadership. Everyone makes mistakes, and this appears to be one, however, given the so many incidents in the recent past, this does nothing to help. Their actions, as disgusting as some of them have been, are whats driving many from the church and they do not appear to get it at all.

    August 28, 2012 at 11:12 am |
    • Jesus

      I am not a role model

      August 28, 2012 at 11:23 am |
  13. I AM

    Nothing worse than a drunken priest. Except a drunken priest with an alter boy !

    August 28, 2012 at 11:03 am |
  14. Russ

    Yep another swing and a miss by the family values people in this country. Please everyone do as we say not as we do because if you follow our lead there will be no family values left.

    August 28, 2012 at 11:01 am |
  15. Dave A.

    He will get in trouble with his superiors NOT for the booze, BUT for being stupid enough for getting busted!

    August 28, 2012 at 11:00 am |
    • BobPitt

      No... no trouble at all.. they will just move him to another parish..

      August 28, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
  16. DPGW

    "I apologize for my error in judgment and feel shame for the disgrace I have brought upon the church and myself,"
    Pretty much standard statement from all the churchgoing types. I think it was in the bible. Isiaac 1:18 or something...

    August 28, 2012 at 10:59 am |
  17. derp

    The look on that creeps face just screams child molester.

    August 28, 2012 at 10:55 am |
    • Judge Much?

      Wow.
      I suppose your face is the picture of perfection?
      Shut up.

      August 28, 2012 at 11:03 am |
    • Jim

      Why does he keep talking about Turkish prisons ?

      August 28, 2012 at 11:16 am |
  18. Ceri

    Dear Pope, if you swap being teetotal for being celibate for the clergy I reckon you'll have most bases covered. Thanks. God bless.

    August 28, 2012 at 10:44 am |
  19. Dennis

    He was celebrating his 5000 alter boy sucess !

    August 28, 2012 at 10:43 am |
  20. lindaluttrell

    Guess there won't be any communion this Sunday...

    August 28, 2012 at 10:41 am |
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