Man strips and bathes in holy water at Mass; reblessing is in order

MANDAN, N.D. — A naked man who was high on methamphetamine climbed into the holy water font during a Mass, police say. Preschool children were among the congregation.

The 21-year-old man was arrested on charges of criminal mischief, indecent exposure and drug violations after officers were called to Spirit of Life Catholic Church around 9 a.m. Tuesday. Formal charges were pending.

Deputy Police Chief Lori Flaten says the man had been at the church earlier trying to bless people and was asked to leave. She says he later returned, stripped, entered the fountain, and then walked down the aisle performing a lewd act.

Flaten says the church plans to drain, sterilize and re-bless the holy water.

The Mandan man is reportedly a would-be rap performer and the father of a young girl. According to the British tabloid Daily Mail, the girl’s mother, upon hearing of the arrest, posted on her Facebook page: “Well, there goes child support.”

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Mandan is a town of 25,000 people across the Missouri River from Bismarck.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Nation, World


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