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"He drew a circle that shut me out.
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But Love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle that took him in."
Monday, August 27, 2012
Is This Some Sort Of Karma For Archbishop Cordileone?
Archbishop Cordileone in better times. Moral of the story is don't think as an Archbishop you are immune from today's police enforcement, because you aren't. Welcome to the real world.
I have to give a heads up to wild hair for this post. Seems this particular arrest was kept under wraps for 48 hours. In one of my previous periods in which I took weird jobs so my daughter could go to work with me, I was a bail agent in Salt Lake City. I found I spent a great deal of effort getting things done quickly so that high profile people had a chance to come up with their apologies or excuses--or not. I have to give Archbishop Cordileone some credit here, he chose to address this issue head on. Wow, I guess he is no longer qualified to take the high moral road when he takes over in San Francisco. Who says there is no cosmic justice? Not I. Not that stupid.
San Francisco archbishop DUI charge: The Rev. Salvatore Cordileone arrested in San Diego
Catholic archbishop-elect of San Francisco, controversial for his
vigorous support of California's same-sex marriage ban, was arrested on
suspicion of driving under the influence and ordered to appear in court,
San Diego authorities said Monday.
The Rev. Salvatore Cordileone was taken into custody after being
stopped early Saturday at a checkpoint near the San Diego State campus,
said Detective Gary Hassen, a police spokesman.
Cordileone was booked into San Diego County
jail two hours after being stopped and was released Saturday on a $2,500
bond, sheriff's records show. He was ordered to appear in court Oct. 9.
Cordileone, 56, is the current bishop of the Oakland Diocese, which issued an apologetic statement Monday afternoon.
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," the
statement read. "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
"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." (Perhaps God in His inscrutable wisdom is giving you an opportunity to meditate on humility. That's not such a bad thing given your past and where you are headed.)
The San Diego City
Attorney's Office, which prosecutes misdemeanor DUI offenses, said it
had not received a report on the arrest.
Cordileone is a San Diego
native and was ordained at the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego.
Police did not provide information about whether he had previously been
In late July, Pope Benedict XVI selected Cordileone to become archbishop of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin counties.
is not scheduled to be installed as archbishop of San Francisco until
Oct. 4. Catholic bishops are answerable only to the pope and a criminal
charge would not automatically prompt a delay in Cordileone's
installation, according to canon law experts.
appointment to San Francisco archbishop provoked outcry from gay rights
advocates because he is a noted proponent of Proposition 8, the 2008 law
passed by California voters to outlaw same-sex marriage.
was already known as a theologically conservative bishop faithful to
the Catholic orthodoxy when he was installed as Oakland's bishop in May
2009, becoming the first Spanish-speaking bishop in the Oakland
Diocese's history. He was a staunch advocate for immigrant rights and
opposes the death penalty.
He was also part of the San Diego
Diocese when it filed for bankruptcy protection in 2007 after being
slammed with claims by 150 alleged victims of sexual abuse and multiple
civil trials. Cordileone denied allegations by creditors at the time
that the diocese tried to protect its finances by hiding and downplaying
the value of assets before bankruptcy proceedings began.
has refused to provide a list of priests involved in sexual abuse
requested by Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, according to
David Clohessy, director of the organization known as SNAP. Cordileone
also called on Catholics to vote for an initiative on the November
ballot that requires parental consent for minors seeking an abortion.
it's a high-profile case, Cordileone's paperwork may take longer to
process if authorities are going out of their way to avoid mistakes, Bay
Area DUI defense attorney Bruce Kapsack said.
Breath tests return immediate results. Urine and blood samples can take much longer to process, Kapsack said.
said his clients have included priests, rabbis, imams and Buddhist
monks. "They don't get more of a break," Kapsack said. "Actually, the
higher profile the individual the stricter the situation becomes."