What to say about this other than he is a man who did a foolish thing. I feel sorry for him yet acknowledge the error of his actions and recognize that this does not help. No this does not help at all.

It is good to see him step up and take responsibility.

Bishop Salvatore Cordileone, 56, was headed along San Diego State University’s southern edge when he encountered a sobriety checkpoint, said Officer Mark McCullough. Cordileone was amiable but appeared intoxicated and was arrested at 12:26 a.m., McCullough said.

The bishop was released from jail shortly before noon after posting $2,500 bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned on the misdemeanor charge on Oct. 9.

Cordileone issued a contrite statement Monday, admitting he “was found to be over the California legal blood alcohol level.”

“I apologize for my error in judgment and feel shame for the disgrace I have brought upon the Church and myself,” the bishop said. “I will repay my debt to society and I ask forgiveness from my family and my friends and co-workers at the Diocese of Oakland and the Archdiocese of San Francisco.”

He said he had been visiting friends with his 88-year-old mother and after a meal together he was driving his mother to her residence near the university.

“I pray that God, in His inscrutable wisdom, will bring some good out of this,” Cordileone wrote.

I hope this in no way makes Bishop Cordileone shrink from his duties in cleaning up the mess in San Francisco.

*subhead*So not helping.*subhead*