A Stoney Creek man has been arrested on a series of charges after a drunken rampage through a downtown church – which allegedly included bathing in the holy water, vandalizing religious objects and trying to light a wine-soaked altar on fire, police say.
It happened on Saturday afternoon around 3:45 p.m. at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church on Park Street North. According to police, an intoxicated man and woman went into the church and once inside, started yelling and swearing.
The man went over to a large holy water bath and started washing himself, police say. Another woman who happened to be inside the church at the time saw what was going on told the man to leave and scolded him for disrespecting the church.
Which wasn’t enough to stop him, evidently.
When officers got there, the man was found shirtless on the ground outside wearing a rosary and “in an intoxicated state,” police say.
A 26-year-old man was arrested and charged with mischief under $5,000, arson and damage to property, two counts of failing to comply with his probation, theft under $5,000 and possession under $5,000.
People get a lot of strange ideas in their heads. I wonder if he was a regular church-goer there at some point, if there’s a history we don’t know for why he’d choose to misbehave in this particular church, or if he was just feeling disorderly and the church was a handy place to act out in.