A second high profile campaigner for the Proposition 8 ballot initiative that banned same-sex marriage in the US state of California has been arrested and charged with a crime this month.
Now it has emerged that the Archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordileone, spent Saturday night in a San Diego police drunk tank after being stopped by police on suspicion of driving while impared.
Cordileone was such an adamant campaigner against the right of same-sex attracted Californians to marry he was given the nickname the ‘Father of Prop 8,’ and he donated at least $6,000 of his own money to the campaign to outlaw same-sex marriage in the state.
‘While 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,’ Cordileone said in a statement.
‘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 level.’
‘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.’
Cordileone had only just been chosen by Pope Benedict XVI for the role and will be officially installed as Archbishop of San Francisco five days before he is due to appear in court to be tried for the drunk driving charge.
The bishop’s mother Mary Cordileone said the role of Archbishop of San Francisco would be challenging for her son because of ‘the gays.’
‘It’s going to be a tough job because, you know, he’s always preached against same-sex marriages and them, the gays, are very active up there.’