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. ajk68

    If he had 8 oz (2/3 of a coke can) of wine in the hour before driving he would likely be DUI under CA law.

    August 28, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
    • Get your facts straight.

      Nope. For a 160 lb man, it takes at least 12 oz in the previous hour to pass the .08 limit. That's about 2 1/2 normal glasses of wine.

      Officers report he was "clearly impaired", so it is safe to say he was significantly beyond .08. And he did not have the sense nor morality to decide to not drive. He even put his own mother in the car and drove her drunk.

      Stop making excuses for the reckless irresponsible behavior of people just because they share an opinion with you.

      If an archbishop, one of the very highest levels of clergy in America, does not have the moral awareness to know he is doing something obviously wrong like drunk driving, then what good are they?

      August 28, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
  2. hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

    the way archbishop looks right into my eyes making me aroused.

    Mohammad rules. Allah O Akbur.

    August 28, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • Bill Hannegan

      Allah big fan of boom-boom. It's surprising Muslims find time to pray, given how much time they spend blowing things up...

      August 28, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
  3. Martin

    He drank enough at a family dinner, knowing he would be driving, to be over the limit?

    Someone with such lousy morals shouldn't be an Archbishop.

    August 28, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
    • woo

      His license should be taken away
      He might have killed someone no excuses!

      August 28, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      Give him a medal; he wasn't molesting a small child during the event, was he?

      August 28, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
    • truth be told

      .08% is set as a very profitable money maker for municipalities. It does not really set a standard for public safety in light of the .10 % of a few years ago. The .08% is aimed at gaining income from the social drinker or middle class worker. There are problem drinking drivers this man is not one of them.

      August 28, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
    • truth be trolled

      truth be told blabbed:
      ". . . There are problem drinking drivers this man is not one of them."

      Ah yes, from the voice of reason on the subject of "alcotholicism".

      August 28, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
    • religion; a way to control the weak minded

      " There are problem drinking drivers this man is not one of them."

      Exactly what is wrong with this country. ANY DRIVER IMPAIRED BY DRUGS IS A HUGE PROBLEM.

      I don't think we need to site DUI stats.

      August 29, 2012 at 8:01 am |
  4. Martin

    He's in a position of authority and should be held to a higher standard than anyone else.

    If he's found guilty, he should resign.

    August 28, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
    • religion; a way to control the weak minded

      lol they dont resign after ra...ping little boys, what makes you think he will after a DUI?

      August 29, 2012 at 8:02 am |
  5. ajk68

    My guess is he had a few glasses of wine and didn't wait long enough for his blood-alcohol to get below the limit.

    August 28, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  6. hinduism source of hindufilthyracism.

    Devil made me do that. Mohammad rules

    August 28, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  7. Johnnie

    This is not a co-incidence, but of divine meaning and it simply means God exposed publicly the Archbishop's hidden addiction to alcohol and therefore use him to spread the consequences to alcoholics. A public poster of this picture would be appropriate as billboard. God is good; God is great, Let us thank him for exposing the Archbishop for his own glory.

    August 28, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
    • truth be told

      ..08 % is not staggering drunk, in fact for most normal sized people .08 is almost sober. Remember the standard used to be .10 % until DUI became a big money maker for municipalities. There are problem drinkers that operate motor vehicles, this man is not one of them.

      August 28, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
    • ajk68

      Don't be too quick to judge that he has an alcohol problem.

      August 28, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
    • truth be trolled

      truth be told blabbed:
      ". . . There are problem drinkers that operate motor vehicles, this man is not one of them."

      Ah yes, from the voice of reason on the subject of "alcotholicism".

      August 28, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
    • religion; a way to control the weak minded

      so if this guy would have killed people in a car wreck would you still attribute this to GOD?

      August 29, 2012 at 8:04 am |
  8. JonfromLI

    How quick these clergyman are to apologize when they're pulled over for DUI. Now just how many of them would man up and apologize for molesting young children?

    August 28, 2012 at 4:06 pm |

      Amen! I totally agree!

      August 28, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
    • SouthernCelt

      How quick do the atheists and hate filled liberals attack the Church? Why do you blame the whole Church for the actions of a very few?

      August 28, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
    • truth be told

      Not to mention the very few were ho mo se xuals that lied their way into the priesthood in a criminal conspiracy. Blaming the church and the 99.9% of honest clergy is like blaming a bank because there are bank robbers.

      August 28, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
    • shinden58


      People attack the catholic church over pedophelia because the church heirarchy covered it up for years and rotated priests so the offenders could go an abuse more kids. Oh but that is ok with you because there are men of the cloth. When the catholic church fully discloses what they did only then will people stop busting on them. Untill then they are fair game.

      August 28, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
    • religion; a way to control the weak minded

      "Why do you blame the whole Church for the actions of a very few?"

      Sorry, but it isnt just the acts of a few.......good try though.

      August 29, 2012 at 8:05 am |
  9. Hear The Truth



    August 28, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  10. PushingBack

    He must just love the blood of Christ!

    August 28, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
    • SouthernCelt

      He had a couple glasses of wine with dinner and his Mother. If she had no problem with it, why do the California Storm Troopers?

      August 28, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  11. Jim

    Details of the arrest report:

    Archbishop-designate Salvatore Cordileone gets pulled over for speeding.
    The police officer sees an empty wine bottle in his car and smells alcohol on his breath. "Father, have you been drinking?" asks the officer.
    "Only water, my son." replies the priest.
    "Why then do I smell wine?" questions the officer.
    The priest, looking at the wine bottle, replies, "Oh my Lord, He's gone and done it again!"

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

      I'm a Catholic and this is just funny. I heard it years ago, of course. On a sadder note, how sad for this man and our faith that this happened

      August 28, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  12. dirkadirkadirka

    At least he's in jail and not pillaging little boys' buttholes.

    August 28, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
    • ArmyCSM

      He's not in jail.

      August 28, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • BoFo

      And you should be in a mental health facility receiving help, because you are sick.

      August 28, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
  13. God is a man made delusion


    August 28, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
  14. jjheinis

    Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. Jesus

    August 28, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
    • mikinaz

      Choose someone else please...Jesus does not exist.

      August 28, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
    • Will

      Oh this tool has been casting a lot of stones at the gay community of San Francisco. Now he just got tossed a boulder back.

      August 28, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
    • PushingBack

      The higher the pillar one places oneself, the harder you hit the ground when you fall.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
    • D9

      Not casting a stone on his soul, just saying he's not worthy of the ecclesiastic position he holds.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
    • ZortBlot

      I am without sin. Idiots and sociopaths believe in an idiotic and sociopathic god. Everyone dies.

      August 28, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  15. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    August 28, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
    • Brooklyn Boy

      Prayer is like sitting in a rocking chair. It doesn't accomplish much but it gives you something to do.

      August 28, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
    • JD

      Apparently not. I've been praying for months that you would STFU.

      August 28, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
    • mikinaz

      and....your an idiot

      August 28, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
    • Troll

      People with dementia can repeat themselves over and over again, by telling a repeat a word or phrase,

      August 28, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
    • I love it

      It just shows how loopy Christians like this are and why you should run away in the other direction. Keep up the great work of showing what's wrong with your religion......you're brainwashed!

      August 28, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
    • truth be told

      The first prayer you need is the sinners prayer of repentance, without that God will not listen to you. God speaks with His own and stfu is not in His vocabulary.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
    • PushingBack

      God's mind is made up and you can't change it with prayer. If it wasn't made up, he would be fallible and not all-knowing.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
    • truth be told

      You do not understand God or prayer.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
    • Agnostic Atheism is Healthy for Kids and Grown-Ups Too!

      Actually, it's really best for all people including children to have an agnostic approach to god, and an atheistic approach to all religion. It keeps things simple for kids, and let's them be all that they can be. They just need to be taught that some things, like all religion, are just made up by salesmen and politicians from long ago; and that other things, like god, we really don't know a damn thing about.

      Atheists have strong minds, so you don't see them running and hiding their misdeeds within some religion (and by doing so, disserving society).

      So instead of praying to make-believe people, get a good cup of tea and go on and sit down and collect your damn thoughts. My goodness.

      mama kindless

      August 28, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
    • nope


      August 28, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
    • hal 9000

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things".

      The evidence against your statements concerning prayer and atheism is overwhelming. Perhaps I can help by knowing how you arrived at these falsehoods.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • truth be told

      One more time for the learning disabled. Atheists have murdered more people in the last 100 years than were killed in all previous centuries. We call that unhealthy at least for the tortured and murdered victims. Thousands of people have had their lives changed by prayer. We put that fact in the prayer column.

      August 28, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  16. James Huerkamp

    Catholic church is nothing but a hateful organization. Is it me or does anyone else find it strange that these priest can not marry this also includes the nuns. I know that there is a lot and I mean alot of gays hiding behind the churches skirt. They are such a joke it is pathetic. This article did not even say what his alochol level was. From the picture of him my gaydar was going crazy. He looks gay.

    August 28, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • GetOffYourHighHorse

      Look in the mirror when you say someone is filled with hate.

      August 28, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Do you hate gays?

      August 28, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
  17. Will

    I wonder if he slurps with a straw from the chalice

    August 28, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
  18. Will

    This drunk was not just a supporter of Prop 8, he and the Catholic Church threw all their weights to see it passed. He lied and he lead. He is also the chair of the National Council of Bishops Traditionl Marriage hit squad.

    Bring on the lying drunk to be the Bishop of San Francisco, he is now just one more of the many jokes of the Catholic Church. Meaningless and totally devoid of any authority

    August 28, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
    • PushingBack

      Amen to that Will!

      August 28, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
  19. Sal

    You posters are a bunch of pigs, probably republican too! 

    August 28, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
    • Richard

      Since I left the Catholic church I've felt sorry for the people who call themselves Catholics. It's just a good ole boy network and it will never change, that is until Jesus comes back. Bunch of men who have no control over their flesh. Since Jesus spoke of this problem, he must have been concerned about it. These men go into a job because they really don't have to work. They get great food and now it seems more drink then they can handle, and room and a car to drive. Probably all the gadgets they can use. All religions should be taxed, especially the Catholic Church. If they can voice their political voice, they should pay taxes like everyone else, after all according to mitt corporations are people too. Make no mistak, the Catholic church is a corporation!

      August 28, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
    • tommytutone

      Richard (Dick) Do you not understand how the first amendment works? You don't tax free speech, you don't tax someones right to practice religion. Churches do pay taxes you idiot, they pay like everyone else. They pay land tax, they have to show that they are a not for profit corporation as well otherwise they are taxed. This brings up a good point, you should pay a stupidity tax for your brain capacity. Should someone else evolve from your sperm I hope the egg can make up for your lack of foresight... This brings up another good point, why should I pay for obamacare to cover your lobotomy?

      August 28, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
    • mikinaz

      1 more rapist off the road

      August 28, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
    • PushingBack

      tommytutone – you should pay for Obamacare so that when you have your head removed from your rectum, it won't put you on the streets.

      August 28, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • SouthernCelt

      Read the Gospel of St. John lately? I'd pay close attention starting around verse 50. You have a lot in common with the others who turned their back on the Real Presence.

      August 28, 2012 at 5:14 pm |

    Don't tell me the church doesn't have any money to fix his teeth...

    August 28, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
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