Salvatore Cordileone Installed as Archbishop

The installation of the new Roman Catholic archbishop of San  Francisco took place today in the City.

Salvatore Cordileone was installed as archbishop during a ceremony at St. Mary's Cathedral after being appointed by Pope Benedict XVI  in July to replace George Niederauer, who is retiring.

Cordileone has served as bishop of Oakland since 2009 after  serving as an auxiliary bishop in San Diego and spending time in Rome, Costa  Mesa and Calexico.

Besides the city, the Archdiocese of San Francisco also includes  San Mateo and Marin counties. The archbishop oversees the dioceses of  Oakland, San Jose, Santa Rosa, Stockton, Sacramento, Las Vegas, Reno, Salt  Lake City and Honolulu.

Cordileone has had a rocky few months since his appointment. He  was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in San Diego in August, and  issued a statement apologizing for his "error in judgment" and "the disgrace  I have brought upon the Church and myself."

He is due back in court in that case next week.

His installation also brought skeptical comments from some members  of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors at their meeting earlier this week.

Supervisor Christina Olague, who identifies herself as bisexual,  said she was disappointed that the church would appoint "a person who has  shown a great deal of intolerance for our community."

Supervisor David Campos, who is gay, also noted what he said were  divisive statements by Cordileone, but said, "I hope we can find some common  ground."

Bay City News

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