New SF Archbishop on Duty

San Francisco's new Catholic archbishop found time to joke about his drunk driving, but not about his support for Proposition 8.

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    Joe Rosato Jr.
    Salvatore Cordileone Installed as Archbishop

    The new Catholic archbishop of San Francisco has some explaining to do to his progressive congregation. And he'll do it another time.

    Archbishop Salvatore Joseph Cordileone, 56, was installed as top Roman Catholic official in the San Francisco archdiocese.

    He courted controversy as top priest in Oakland, when he was a supporter of gay-marriage ban Proposition 8.

    He's also seen as the local frontman for Pope Benedict XVI, who has spent much time and energy warning Americans against the evils of the "powerful" gay marriage lobby, according to the Associated Press.

    None of that was mentioned by Cordileone. He did refer to his recent DUI court case.

    “I know in my life God has always had a way of putting me in my place. I would say, though, that in the latest episode of my life God has outdone himself,” Cordileone said, "with a chuckle," according to reports.

    Cordileone was arrested for drunk driving on Aug. 25.

    About three dozen LGBT activists protested his appearance outside St. Mary's Cathedral on Gough Street, the news agency reported.