Newly-Appointed SF Archbishop, ‘Father of Prop 8′, Arrested in San Diego DUI

CordileoneOakland Bishop Salvatore Cordileone, who was recently named by Pope Benedict as the new Archbishop of San Francisco and a central strategist in the campaign to pass Proposition 8 in California, was arrested for driving under the influence, the San Diego Union Tribune reports:

Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, 56, who was appointed archbishop in July, was taken into custody Saturday at 12:26 a.m. after being stopped on College Avenue near Montezuma Road, police said. Cordileone, who is a San Diego native, was booked into county jail on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence and later posted bail…he Archdiocese of San Francisco has not returned a call asking for comment on the arrest.

In June,  Cordileone attempted to force a LGBT Catholic group to sign an oath of integrity which included remaining celibate.


  1. Bill says

    With respect to the question “Was he on his way home from a gay bar,” one might point out the obvious answer: no. Unlike mere state senators, archbishops do not go to gay bars. Rather, when so inclined, they would have a bar come to them. That way they can screen guests for cameras so things really stay under wraps. Ask Prince Harry, who it appears had a staff lax in the screening department.

  2. Jeremy says

    It’s right beside SDSU campus. It’s not known for gay hook ups or anything like that. Just lots of college kids, dorms, apartments, condos, etc.

  3. John says

    Iris, stop it. It’s not his fault, the communal wine just proves too tempting for some of them. And that’s why we Lutherans use grape Kool-Aid for the blood of Christ.

  4. Michael Bedwell says

    “Father of Prop 8″???? While I celebrate anything that makes this neofascist in Vatican drag look bad to his flock, the recent news stories giving him sole credit for Prop H8TE forgot that the man who he’ll replace as San Francisco Archbishop, George Neiderauer, was an even bigger agent of evil in 2008 when he created an alliance with Mormon Church leaders that, per the SF Chron then, formed “the backbone of the fundraising, organizing, and voting support” to kill then-legal marriage equality in California.


  5. Cocoa says


    …. REALLY?

    ….Are Bishops even allowed to drink? Also, why is his hat pink? Is that the religious right’s form of the hanky code?

  6. PAUL B. says

    This is just too precious for words. Nothing I could conjure up comes close to the pleasure I’m feeling right now…not even THAT !! So, don’t go there.

  7. Ninong says

    According to news reports in San Francisco, he was taking his 88-year-old mother home after an evening visiting friends. I guess they like to drink a little?

    In any case, he was over the .08 legal limit so it’s sack cloth and ashes for a year for you archbishop-to-be. Oh, the irony!

  8. StarGem says

    Present in the car with the Archbishop elect were his mother, and a minor male exchange student (from Mexico? Not confirmed.) not fluent in English… Hmmmm…

  9. andrew says

    For my reaction to DUI Sal, Bishop to be of San Francisco and the enemy of women and LGBT people read Psalm 35 or Psalm 92 v, 12 “My eyes look with glee on my enemies; my ears delight in the fall of my foes”. Quotes from that vile “holy book” come in handy sometimes.

  10. says

    This area does not have to be a ‘gay’ pick up neighborhood. It’s a student neighborhood. That is just as much a pick-up place for those types of people as any ‘gay neighborhood’.

    In fact, ‘gay neighborhoods’ are becoming a thing of the past. Cities like Portland, Oregon are so integrated that there is no more ‘gay ghetto’ or ‘gay neighborhood’.

    Therefore, I would think that if I were looking for a pickup, I would head for the local college neighborhood. Because cities are so integrated now with a blend of straights and gays living harmoniously together, the chances for someone like this bishop finding a suitable pick-up are probably the best in a student neighborhood than any other neighborhood.

  11. andrew says

    @John: didn’t jesus change a whole lot of water into wine at the marriage feast of Cana? Didn’t he drink wine at the last supper? Why did your Lutherans switch to kool aid? YUK!

  12. Jack says

    Went to a SDSU frat party and had a few too many brews bonding with the new pledges? If he wanted a pick up he’d have done better in Hillcrest, North Park, University Heights, Downtown, one of the naval bases or the Marine Recruit Depot. Or PB if he’s into the surfer type. Most students don’t live near the SDSU campus but in other parts of town and commute.

  13. says

    So, two people of the same sex getting married is wrong… but driving under the influence isn’t?

    The hypocrisy of the Catholic Church is equal parts astounding and sad.

    If the Pope doesn’t fire him, then that really demonstrates what kind of people the Roman Catholic Church is ‘led’ by today — the morally bankrupt kind.

  14. Diogenes Arktos says

    @Andrew: “[D]idn’t jesus change a whole lot of water into wine at the marriage feast of Cana? Didn’t he drink wine at the last supper? Why did your Lutherans switch to kool aid? YUK!”

    It’s a very Protestant thing. Some Protestants have gone to great lengths to try to explain away the passages you cite as really imbibing grape juice. Many a Protestant is a teetotaler. Remember that Prohibition was a Protestant (somewhat anti-Catholic) crusade.

    I’m quite surprised that Lutherans of any sort don’t use wine. Certainly Episcopalians never switched from wine. No surprise there are groups who try to have it both ways – no wine at church, but plenty to drink at home (perhaps with curtains drawn).

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