Discouraging to hear that the incoming Roman Catholic archbishop of San Francisco was arrested for drunk driving. Salvatore Cordileone, now the bishop of Oakland, is a tough guy who has a very difficult assignment in San Francisco, given his support of the Church’s teaching on sexuality, was classy about it:

“I apologize for my error in judgment and feel shame for the disgrace I have brought upon the Church and myself,” the bishop said Monday.

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

He said he was coming from visiting his 88-year-old mother, in the company of some friends.

I’m genuinely sorry for the bishop, but join the club: the Orthodox Church in America archbishop who lives in San Francisco, Benjamin, was popped for DUI in 2004.

I will say this: thank God we live in a time and in a country where not even a bishop is above the law. It hasn’t always been that way. This is progress.

UPDATE: A reader sends this item along, and with gratitude for the fact that when Bishop Cordileone was arrested for drunk driving, he was wearing clothes.