San Francisco Archbishop-designate Salvatore Cordileone has issued a brief statement providing details about his Aug. 25 arrest in San Diego on suspicion of driving under the influence.
According to press accounts, Archbishop-elect Cordileone, currently Bishop of Oakland, was taken into custody after being stopped early Saturday at a police sobriety checkpoint near the San Diego State University campus. Police declined to comment on whether Archbishop-elect Cordileone took a field sobriety test or to reveal his blood-alcohol level at the time of the arrest.
The stop was made at 12:26 a.m. in a residential area on the outskirts of the SDSU campus. The archbishop-elect was booked into the San Diego County Jail shortly before 2:30 a.m. and was released around noon on Saturday after posting $2500 bail. He is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 9 – just five days after his installation as the ninth Archbishop of San Francisco on Oct. 4.
Archbishop-elect Cordileone issued the following statement on Monday:
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. 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.
I apologize for my error in judgment and feel shame for the disgrace I have brought upon the Church and myself. 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.