Catholic archbishop jokes about recent DUI arrest

Associated Press says that “San Francisco’s new Roman Catholic archbishop made self-deprecating jokes about his recent drunken-driving arrest during his formal installation ceremony, which came just days after he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of reckless driving.”

The report from AP says “Amid heavy security and the splendor of his faith’s most sacred rites, Cordileone told an audience of more than 2,000 invited guests at St. Mary’s Cathedral he was grateful for the support he had received from people of different religious and political viewpoints following the Aug. 25 arrest in his home town of San Diego.”

It should go without saying that no one should drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, if that is true laity, it is doubly true for a cleric. For an archbishop? Really?

Perhaps if Archbishop Cordileone wishes to champion a cause, maybe sobriety and common sense might be a good place to start.

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