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San Francisco Archbishop-elect, and Prop 8 architect, arrested for DUI

Monday, August 27, 2012

SAN DIEGO — The Rev. Salvatore Cordileone, the Roman Catholic bishop of Oakland who was named by Pope Benedict XVI last month to become the Archbishop of San Francisco, was arrested in San Diego early Saturday on a charge of driving while under the influence.

Cordileone is one of California’s leading opponents of same-sex marriage, and was the principal architect of Proposition 8, the 2008 voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.

Rev. Salvatore Cordileone

According to a statement issued by his office, Cordileone was driving home from a dinner with friends in San Diego early Saturday when he was pulled over at a DUI checkpoint near San Diego State University.

The statement said a sobriety test showed his blood-alcohol level to be above the legal limit of 0.08 percent, although Cordileone did not reveal by how much.

“I apologize for my error in judgment and feel shame for the disgrace I have brought upon the Church and myself,” he said. “I pray that God, in His inscrutable wisdom, will bring some good out of this.”

According to the HRC, Cordileone played a central role in founding and executing the Protect Marriage campaign, and under his influence, Catholic organizations in California played a leading role in financing the Proposition 8 campaign. His partners included the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and Focus on the Family. In fact, it was Cordileone who personally phoned NOM co-founder Maggie Gallagher and asked her to get NOM involved in the Prop 8 fight.

“Bishop Cordileone has proven himself to be an anti-gay activist who encourages and promotes discrimination against LGBT people,” said Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin.

Cordileone, 56, is scheduled to be installed as the San Francisco Archbishop on Oct. 4, five days before his first court appearance.

Because Catholic bishops are answerable only to the Pope, any potential discipline outside the justice system, would have to come from the Vatican, said Michael Ritty, a canon lawyer in private practice in upstate New York, in a report by the Associated Press.

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45 more reader comments:

  1. their asshole tendencies come out in the end

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 7:31pm
  2. I bet he was out cruzin for boys

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 7:33pm
  3. sinner

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 7:34pm
  4. hmmm DUI, child molestation, etc, boy those catholic priest are surely upstanding citizens.

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 7:34pm
  5. Hey, buddy, it happens to the best of us. Unfortunately you’re the least of us.

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 7:34pm
  6. was he caught in the Castro?

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 7:34pm
  7. I guess to this hypocrite same sex marriage is more “dangerous” than a drunk driver!!!!

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 7:34pm
  8. imagine that.

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 7:36pm
  9. Bwhahahahahaha

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 7:37pm
  10. Ah, the hypocrisy of the Holier-than-thou

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 7:37pm
  11. Nasty evil people behind all this hate against the gays and women!

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 7:39pm
  12. I’ll drink to this!

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 7:40pm
  13. and.. another one bites the dust!!

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 7:40pm
  14. Ill sip some wine to this guy

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 7:42pm
  15. How the mighty have fallen.

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 7:43pm
  16. Drank too much blood again? This reminds me of True Blood final episode last night. Lucky thing he didn’t blow up.

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 7:46pm
  17. Geez, what a bigot and hypocrit!

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 7:46pm
  18. Wait and see the vatican swept the pedophilia under the carpet this will just be a laugh to them. I am actually surprised he was even charged with the vatican’s power.

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 7:49pm
  19. Holy mi a@@

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 7:51pm
  20. u got that right fred, just another thing for the vatican to not notice

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 7:53pm
  21. Too bad he didn’t make friends with a tree in between the party and the DUI checkpoint.

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 8:06pm
  22. karma baby!:)

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 8:07pm
  23. Wow, and apparently they’re coming out of the wood works tonight…

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 8:07pm
  24. Hey, a drunk is a drunk is a drunk!

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 8:12pm
  25. What does this have to do with LGBTQA? I would hope people wouldn’t speak so negative of this man and become like soo many other negative people out there in the world , let us be a light for the catholic church or let us be a light for the world

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 8:12pm
  26. EVERYTHING!!!!! “Do as I say and not as I do”.

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 8:18pm
  27. this has to do with the LGBQRSUVW because he was instrumental in opposing equal rights for LGBTQRSUVWXYZ people.

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 8:20pm
  28. Show respect and be positive to someone who does the opposite for the LGBTQ? Sorry, but I think celebrating a homophobes short comings on the Internet is perfectly fine. It helps boost my mood after being called a faggot and freak all day.

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 8:25pm
  29. I highly doubt pointing out a DUI is going to progress gay rights. Hell, I’m a gay rights advocate and I’ve gotten a DUI… Does that make my opnion unfounded. We should attack ideologies… Not dumb mistakes that have absolutely nothing to do with the conversation.

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 8:28pm
  30. glad his holy-full-of-shitness always tries to keep it classy

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 8:30pm
  31. uh oh.

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 8:44pm
  32. SAN DIEGO PARTY = GAY im sure

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 8:46pm
  33. Shocking? Nope.

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 8:47pm
  34. DUI shame on you

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 8:53pm
  35. HAHAHA…and his ‘eternal rewards’ begin…HAHAHA…

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 8:55pm
  36. Again there are bigger homophones in the world , then just some catholic priest, theyre human no matter how in human they act. A person could send or letter make a phone call asking to change school policies or employment laws that would help the gay community. Attack the issues not the people

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 10:09pm
  37. Whoopsy

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 10:19pm
  38. Here it is “I apologize for my error in judgment and feel shame for the disgrace I have brought upon the Church and myself,” he said. “I pray that God, in His inscrutable wisdom, will bring some good out of this.” WOW, and he thinks gay marriage is a problem. But maybe it’s because the bible doesn’t mention drunk driving as a sin?

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 10:48pm
  39. I live for this shit!

    Posted on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 11:37pm
  40. SUX to be you!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 12:07am
  41. The wanker will probably get away with it!But here’s hoping he doesn’t !!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 1:35am
  42. If he were just another human being with a drinking problem, it wouldn’t have made the news. Because he made a public spectical of pointing out what he perceived to be flaws in others, his flaws are now in the spotlight.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 4:53am
  43. Ye getteth what ye deserveth!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 7:54am
  44. Religion must get in his way…or he is human like EVERYONE is.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 9:33am
  45. Nothing pleases me more than a god-loving homophobe getting in trouble. First the one guy crashing his boat. Now a priest driving wasted. It must be my birthday.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 3:27pm