It’s been a week of lows and highs for newly-installed San Francisco archbishop Salvatore Cordileone.
On Monday, Cordileone pleaded guilty to misdemeanor reckless driving after his arrest at a DUI checkpoint in San Diego last month.
Then on Thursday, Cordileone was installed as the latest Catholic archbishop of San Francisco in a ceremony at St. Mary’s Cathedral.
We can’t call His Excellence a drunk driver here, even though San Diego police said he blew greater than the legal limit of 0.08 at a late-night checkpoint set up to ensnare newly-arrived San Diego State students in August.
Instead, a plea bargain reduced his charges, meaning “reckless driver” is the most severe criminal label that can be attached to the 56-year-old San Diego native.
Bay City News reported Cordileone’s sentence is believed to be three years of probation plus about $1,000 in fines and a mandated appearance at a Mothers Against Drunk Driving victims’ panel.