California Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s DUI arrest after trapped at a checkpoint near San Diego State University was resolved in court this week, lawyers are told.
His San Diego DUI attorney was fortunate to plead him to reckless driving, alcohol-related (aka “wet reckless” under California Vehicle Code Section 23103 per 23103.5.
He had consumed some alcohol while having dinner with friends then decided to drive his mother home before being trapped a constitutionally questionable San Diego DUI roadblock and later testing at .11%.
3 dozen gay rights advocates gathered outside his mass a couple of days to protest his induction while a much larger group sang hymns welcoming the new archbishop.
Cordileone was one of the early engineers of California’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage in 2008, and since 2011 has chaired the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ subcommittee charged with opposing efforts to legalize gay unions.
Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a performing arts troupe of men dressed in nuns’ habits, showed up to highlight Cordileone’s connection to the “dogma of bullying” they said the same-sex marriage ban represents.
Interfaith tensions over the marriage issue that threatened to mar Cordileone’s day still were running high on Friday. The Rev. Marc Andrus, the Episcopal bishop for the Bay Area and a strong same-sex marriage supporter, said he was snubbed when he showed up for the cathedral service, three days after Andrus wrote an open letter offering a spiritual home to any Catholics who felt disowned by the archbishop’s views.
U.S. archbishop said he did not know “if it’s theologically correct to say God has a way of making himself known in this way.”