Catholic bishop in booze rap
The Roman Catholic bishop newly chosen by the Vatican to lead the archdiocese of San Francisco and two other Bay Area counties publicly apologized on Monday after he was arrested and held behind bars over the weekend on suspicion of drunken driving. Salvatore Cordileone, 56, appointed last month by Pope Benedict XVI to preside over more than 500,000 Catholics as metropolitan archbishop of San Francisco, was taken into custody on Saturday near San Diego State University, according to the San Diego Police Department. He was jailed on suspicion of driving under the influence after he was stopped at a police checkpoint and failed a field sobriety test, police spokesman Detective Gary Hassen said. The bishop was released on US$2,500 bail, about 11 hours after his arrest, he said. Cordileone acknowledged that his blood-alcohol level was found to be over the legal limit, apologized for his “error in judgement” and said he felt “shame for the disgrace I have brought upon the church and myself.” Cordileone has been particularly outspoken in church opposition to same-sex matrimony as chairman of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, a role that has put him at odds with many Catholics in the largely gay-friendly Bay area.
Man charged in corpse find
The estranged boyfriend of a Chinese-Canadian woman whose body parts were discovered scattered throughout Toronto has been charged in her killing, police said on Monday. Chun Qi Jiang, 40, a construction worker who moved to Canada in 2002, was arrested in Toronto on Sunday and charged with murder. Peel regional police inspector George Koekkoek told a press conference the victim, Guang Hua Liu, 41, had been dating Jiang. Mid-month police recovered an arm, thigh and two calves from a creek in an eastside suburb of Toronto, as well as a foot, two hands and a head belonging to the victim from a park west of the city. Hikers had stumbled upon a foot floating in the Credit River, triggering a massive search by police divers and sniffer dogs. A passerby, meanwhile, alerted police when he spotted an arm and leg in a creek on the east side of Canada’s largest city. Locating Liu’s remaining body parts is part of the ongoing investigation, Koekkoek said. A forensic examination has not yet determined the cause of death.