Roman Catholic Archbishop-elect of San Francisco Salvatore Cordileone was arrested by the San Diego Police Department for driving under the influence. The anti-equality campaigner was taken into custody after being stopped at a police checkpoint near the San Diego State University campus, according to police spokesman Detective Gary Hassen. It is unclear if Cordileone took a sobriety test or what his blood alcohol level was.
The San Diego city attorney’s office has not yet received the report of the arrest. They will be prosecuting any DUI offenses related to Cordileone.
The San Francisco archdiocese has not issued a statement.
Cordileone, 56, was tapped by Pope Benedict XVI to replace Archbishop George Niederauer, who retires in October. While he was serving in San Diego as the auxiliary bishop, he was instrumental in pushing the passage of Prop 8. He gave at least $6000 to passing it. He was recently appointed chair to the US Conference Of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage. To date, he has not called for an amendment banning divorce in California.