Incoming San Francisco archbishop apologizes for DUI 

click to enlarge Archdiocese of San Francisco Salvatore Cordileone was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of drunk driving. - S.F. EXAMINER FILE PHOTO
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  • Archdiocese of San Francisco Salvatore Cordileone was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of drunk driving.

The Roman Catholic bishop newly chosen by the Vatican to lead the Archdiocese of San Francisco publicly apologized Monday after his weekend arrest on suspicion of drunken driving.

Salvatore Cordileone, 56, appointed in July to preside over more than 500,000 Catholics as metropolitan archbishop of San Francisco, was taken into custody Saturday near San Diego State University, San Diego police said.

Cordileone was jailed on suspicion of DUI after he was stopped at a police checkpoint and failed a field sobriety test, police said. The bishop was later released on $2,500 bail, he said.

Cordileone, a San Diego native who currently is bishop of Oakland, had dined earlier that evening with friends and another priest and was driving his mother home from the gathering when he was arrested, he said in a statement released by his diocese.

He apologized for his “error in judgment” and said he felt “shame for the disgrace I have brought upon the church and myself.”

Cordileone has been particularly outspoken in church opposition to same-sex marriage, which has put him at odds with many Catholics in the Bay Area. He also led church support for Proposition 8, the 2008 voter-approved state ban on same-sex marriage.

Cordileone is due to be installed at a special mass Oct. 4 as head of an archdiocese encompassing 91 parishes in San Francisco and San Mateo and Marin counties. An arraignment is set for Oct. 9.

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