Another black eye on the church’s hierarchy:
The Roman Catholic archbishop-elect of San Francisco was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence, San Diego police said Monday.
The Rev. Salvatore Cordileone, a vigorous supporter of California’s same-sex marriage ban, was taken into custody after being stopped early Saturday at a police checkpoint near the San Diego State University campus, said Detective Gary Hassen, a police spokesman. He declined to comment on whether Cordileone took a sobriety test or reveal his blood-alcohol content.
The stop was made at 12:26 a.m. on the outskirts of the campus, a residential area of modest houses, apartment buildings and restaurants where college students mix with the general population.
Cordileone was booked into San Diego County jail two hours after being stopped and then released at 11:59 a.m. Saturday on $2,500 bond, sheriff’s records show. He was ordered to appear in court Oct. 9.
The San Diego city attorney’s office, which prosecutes misdemeanor DUI offenses, said it had not received a report on the arrest.
The San Francisco archdiocese did not immediately respond to phone and email messages seeking comment.
Of course the media will now spin that he was strong against gay marriage and make that the story…but shouldn’t the story be that the Bishop should know better than to get behind the wheel of a car while inebriated? He could have killed someone or himself!
We all make mistakes, of course. And I’m not really a drinker. A Jameson’s once in a while or a Light Beer here and there, but like my father before me I never wanted to be accused of being “an Irish drunk” because people assume that upon hearing of my nationality. But I can’t say that I know what it’s like to be behind the wheel of a car and wonder if I should be driving. I hope I would hand the keys over to someone else or find a way to spend the night if I couldn’t do it. When I was 15 a close friend of mine died drinking (he choked on his vomit after passing out). That kind of gave me the willies and made me shy away from that a bit.
But for whatever reason, the Bishop did not do the right thing and we as laity should hold him to a higher authority as a role-model, especially for our youth.
It’s going to take some explaining to get out of this one. He’s the Bishop-Elect and the Pope can take his assignment away from him if he chooses, but my guess is that he won’t.
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