RNS News Briefs
By DAVID GIBSON
Cordileone, 56, was taken into custody Aug. 25 at 12:26 a.m. after San Diego police stopped his vehicle at a DUI checkpoint near the San Diego State University campus. A native of San Diego, he was booked into the county jail on a misdemeanour charge of driving under the influence and was released later Saturday after posting $2,500 bail.
In a statement on Aug. 27, Cordileone explained that he was having dinner at the home of some friends, along with his 88-year-old mother, who lives near the university. He was driving his mother home after midnight when he was topped by police "and was found to be over the California legal blood alcohol level."
California's legal limit is 0.08 percent, and neither the bishop nor police said how much Cordileone surpassed that threshold.
"He was a driver that was obviously impaired but he was quite cordial and polite throughout," Officer Mark McCullough, who was at the scene, told The Associated Press. "He was not a belligerent drunk at all ... There were no problems with him throughout the night."
Cordileone identified himself as a priest, McCullough said, and an officer
did an Internet search that revealed he was an archbishop-elect.
"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."
In the past other bishops have been caught drunk driving but they only resigned if the incident involved another crime, like leaving the scene of an accident, or if it indicated a deeper problem like alcoholism.
Cordileone's court date is set for five days after he officially becomes the new archbishop of San Francisco, a mecca of gay culture and community.
Cordileone was named in part because he has been such a vocal spokesman
for the hierarchy in the battle against gay marriage.
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