The Boozey Bishop of San Francisco

Jim Burroway

August 27th, 2012

..was arrested in San Diego for DWI:

The archbishop-elect of San Francisco for the Roman Catholic Church was arrested and jailed Saturday in San Diego on suspicion of drunken driving, police said Monday. Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, 56, who was appointed archbishop in July, was taken into custody at 12:26 a.m. after being stopped at a DUI checkpoint near San Diego State University, police said.

Cordileone is the Catholic Church’s main point-man in its opposition to civil marriage equality. Often called “the father of Proposition 8,” Cordileone has also served as an ecclesiastical advisor to the Catholic ex-gay group, Courage. Last month, Pope Benedict XVI named Cordileone as the new head of the San Francisco archdiocese.

Cordileone was booked on a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated. He was released from jail after posting $2,500 bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned on October 9, just five days after he is scheduled to be officially installed as Archbishop of San Francisco. He had told The Chronicle that he was “kind of frustrated” that his opposition to same-sex marriage drew such heavy notice. So look at it this way: for the time being we’ll have something else to talk about.

Ben in Oakland

August 28th, 2012

Am I mean for hoping it’s his second offense?

Am I snarky for pointing out that driving drunk actually does threaten families, marriage, and children, whereas my marriage does not?

Am I sarcastic for pointing out that my marriage is not a threat to his freedom, but driving under the influence is?

And when can we expect the Tearful apology, followed by a few weeks in rehab, with- a miraculous “cure” practically promised?


August 28th, 2012

I can see how repressing your sexual desires could drive a man to drink.

Still, I suppose it makes a change from raping children or masturbating in public places.

Timothy Kincaid

August 28th, 2012

Considering why priests are usually in the news, the Vatican must consider this practically good news. What’s a DUI compared to chasing a little boy down the street in your underwear.


August 28th, 2012

I can not support his politics or that of the Catholic Church and agree that DUI is not responsible behavior. I am concerned that he is being painted with ‘the broad brush’ of every offense proven against other priests. Our community reacts negatively when all homosexuals are painted with the same brush as some who display behaviors that are deviant and harmful to others. Do we really have to take every conversation to the lowest level we can reach? How can we ever leave room for dialogue that will move all of us forward in society?

Michael C

August 28th, 2012

Hello Dennis, I agree that we should not judge all Bishops and Priests for the crimes of the few. Implying that Cordileone might be a child molester or that he is homosexually repressed is inappropriate. However, is smirking at Cordileone’s actual crime really that big an offense? I wish I was above feeling satisfaction at the failures of my enemies, but I am, apparently, not that mature.


August 28th, 2012

But, but, but it doesn’t count!

He got sloshed on wine while having a godly dinner with his mommy and friends!

@Dennis, “Our community…HOMOSEXUALS”?

Really Dennis? I don’t know many people in “our community” who refer to gay people as “homosexuals outside of a scientific discussion”.


August 28th, 2012

Make that…”homosexuals” outside of a scientific discussion.

My quotes got away from me!


August 28th, 2012

Ben: In answer to your first three questions, yes, and that’s (one of the reasons) why I love you (strictly platonically, mind you).


August 28th, 2012

**He had told The Chronicle that he was “kind of frustrated” that his opposition to same-sex marriage drew such heavy notice. So look at it this way: for the time being we’ll have something else to talk about.**

I agree, but probably not the way he might find attractive. Most police departments are quite positive about the fact that very few people who get stopped for DUI are driving under the influence for the first time or even very occasionally but rather they are people who do so fairly often.

So I will accede to Cordileone’s wish and we can talk about him being a drunk and a bigot.

And someone should make sure that the archbigot gets to read Ben in Oakland’s assessment.

Ben In Oakland

August 28th, 2012

Thanks, jarred…

platonically, of course.


September 2nd, 2012

How come no one’s talking about the (local, San Diego) news report that, in addition to his mother, there was a “young male foreign exchange student” in the care w the boozy bishop?

The only one who’s covered this aspect thus far:


September 2nd, 2012

Oops, that should read “in the car”, above.

Emily K

September 3rd, 2012

This has the earmarks of a closeted gay man stuck in the only profession he found acceptable for himself drinking to forget his sorry circumstances.

And now he’ll be living in San Francisco. Ouch.

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