Judicial troubles for the Cardinal William Joseph Levada, ex archbishop of San Francisco and Portland, arrested on Tuesday for drink driving. Hold by police of Kailua-Kona, in Hawaii, after being seen driving his car out of control, the cardinal passed two hours in jail before being released on bail of 500 dollars. The cardinal will have to show the 24th of September to the court of Kona district for the preliminary hearing.
Levada is sorry and through a public announcement of the San Francisco Archdiocese expresses his most sincere apologies and his availability to cooperate with Hawaiian authorities. To the question of how the Archdiocese handles situations like this, the spokesman Michael Brown answered that, in this specific case, “a punishment is not in dispute”.
“Generally speaking, continued the spokesman, facts like these are examined case by case; it is considered less serious when it was an unconscious error. On the contrary, if there are indications of a more serious error, the fact is treated accordingly.
So no recall for the Prelate, who was on holiday with other priests when he was stopped by a patrol at midnight, on Hina Lani Street, after a night drinking. It remains the inappropriate behavior for a person of his stature, especially for his 79 years and the role of guide he has.
Levada, Archbishop of San Francisco from 1995 to 2012, he was nominated in 2005 Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, role played by the Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger before being elected Pope and ordained in 2006 by Benedict XVI. He was in the storm centre during the pedophilic scandals which involved the Catholic Church: as a cardinal of higher “rank” in the country, he had to handle the situation and communicate with the press, causing a sensation with his speech to defend the Cardinal of Los Angeles Roger Mahoney.