SF’s New Archbishop Arrested for Drunk Driving, Says He Feels ‘Shame For Disgrace’

Salvatore Cordileone (QvisDevs)

Officers in San Diego arrested San Francisco’s newly appointed Catholic archbishop, Salvatore Cordileone, on drunk driving charges Saturday morning, a spokesperson for the San Diego Police Department told KQED’s Tara Siler.

Detective Gary Hassen said the archbishop-elect was arrested at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday near San Diego State University at a DUI checkpoint.

Cordileone posted a $2500 bond and was released about noon Saturday, said Hassen. His department does not make public the blood alcohol levels of DUI suspects.

“He was interviewed, he was sent over to secondary at which point he was re-interviewed at which point he was placed under arrest and a short time later booked into county jail,” Hassen said.

Cordileone’s office has not responded to our request for comment.

Update: From KCBS San Francisco

Cordileone has been Bishop of the Oakland Diocese since 2009, which released the following statement on his behalf Monday afternoon:

“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. 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.

“I apologize for my error in judgment and feel shame for the disgrace I have brought upon the Church and myself. 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 has been controversial because of his strong position against same-sex marriage.

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  • Vera Severa

    How corrupt can this church get?

  • former catholic

    Just another example people who like to pass themselves off as the most pious and who like to impose their “morality” on others starting to show his true colors and his hypocrisy.

  • Bob M.

    Archbishop-designate Cordileone’s arrest has NOTHING to do with hypocrisy and corruption. He made a serious error of judgment in getting behind the wheel of a car after drinking alcohol. Without excusing his error, fairness requires acknowledging that this could happen to anyone who drinks alcohol. He deserves our prayers, not being torn down for political reasons.

    • http://twitter.com/JBinSFO John Bare

      No he deserves to be torn down for political reasons because he uses the political process to demean and degrade LGBT people.

    • Eric Westby

      With all due respect, you are categorically incorrect in your assertion that “fairness requires acknowledging that this could happen to anyone who drinks alcohol.” Most citizens realize that even a couple of drinks will leave them impaired, and so wouldn’t dream of driving in that condition. I know I am hypersensitive about it.

      Apparently the Archbishop is lacking that form of basic decency, self-awareness, or both.

  • Cholo

    Pretty is as pretty does! BUSTED!!!

  • Facts are people, my friend

    Over 10,000 people were killed by drunk driving in the US last year. 0 people were killed by same-sex marriage. Nuff said.

  • http://duiblotter.com/ DUI Blotter

    Political discussions aside, there is no longer any valid reason for anyone to get behind the wheel of a car after consuming alcohol. Public information and education programs are more than sufficient to alert all reasonable persons of the dangers of such behavior.

  • The Rev. Steven P. Sabin

    That the archbishop-designee’s alleged DUI will further fuel
    the controversy surrounding his appointment to the San Francisco See is
    incontrovertible. Partisans on both ends of the spectrum will probably rush to
    assert hypocrisy and bigotry. I am not one of those who expect moral perfection
    on the one hand or rationalize every failing on the other, but this alleged DUI
    is a bitter pill. Bishop Cordileone has gone to great lengths to coopt the
    power of the State to enforce a sectarian moral position in an arena regarded
    as the most personal of decisions: who to wed. Now the bishop is accused of
    dangerous behavior, not in the private sphere, but that puts the public, and
    most sadly his mother, at risk. It is neither unreasonable nor mean-spirited to
    insist that the bishop exhibit a modicum of probity in his own public life
    before he sets out to order the private lives of those not even in his fold.

  • mariancruz

    I read about him and his anti gay rhetoric. Perhaps he should pay attention to his problems and leave the gay community alone.

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