an Francisco Archbishop arrested for DUI
The Rev. Salvatore Cordileone has issued a public apology for his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving Monday night.
Cordileone, the Roman Catholic archbishop-elect of San Francisco, said his behavior was nothing more than an error in judgment.
“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.”
The reverend was returning to his home after a dinner with friends and family when he stopped at a DUI checkpoint in San Diego. The test performed on the archbishop-elect showed his blood-alcohol level was over the legal limit, but details as to how far over the limit it was are not being released at this time.
“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.”
The 56-year-old reverend is a bishop in Oakland and will become archbishop of San Francisco on Oct. 4. He was chosen by Pope Benedict XVI in July to fill a position vacated by the retirement of Archbishop George Niederauer.
This incident is not expected to derail the plans for his promotion, according to legal experts.