San Francisco California archbishop arrested for drunk driving

Salvatore Cordileone 
By: Sarah Weiss 

He has not risen up into his new position.

San Francisco, California archbishop, Salvatore Cordileone, known for a conservative stance on gay marriage, has been arrested in his native San Diego, for driving while intoxicated by alcohol, police said on Monday.

Cordileone, 56, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol on Saturday, near the San Diego State University campus, the Police Department of San Diego said.

Other details of his arrest were not immediately available.

The Vatican announced in July that Pope Benedict XVI has named Cordileone, now bishop of Oakland, as metropolitan archbishop of San Francisco.

Cordileone is known as a staunch opponent of same-sex marriage, a position that has made him a controversial figure in the great liberal San Francisco Bay area.

He is replacing Archbishop George Niederauer, who is retiring. Cordileone will be installed in his new position at a special Mass at the Cathedral of San Francisco on October 4.

Cordileone is also president of the U.S. Conference Catholic Bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.