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SF's New Archbishop Confesses to DUI

Roman-Catholic archbishop-elect Salvatore Cordileone apologizes for the "disgrace" of his drunk driving arrest.

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By McCarton Ackerman

08/28/12

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This isn't the best way to make a first impression at a new job. San Francisco's newly appointed Catholic archbishop, Salvatore Cordileone, was arrested for drunk driving over the weekend in San Diego. He was booked into a county jail and released on $2,500 bond the same day. In a statement released through the Oakland Diocese, which he has been the Bishop for since 2009, Cordileone admits to having dinner with friends and family before getting in his car to drive home, and apologizes for his behavior—although declining to mention that he had imbibed alcohol with his dinner. "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," says Cordileone in the statement. “I apologize for my error in judgment and feel shame for the disgrace I have brought upon the Church and myself." The DUI charge is just another thing to add to the list in Cordileone's already contentious appointment to the archbishop position: his vehement stance against same-sex marriage has raised more than a few eyebrows in the gay-friendly city.

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