Catholic Priest Caught On Tape Snorting Cocaine Around Nazi Memorabilia

By McCarton Ackerman 03/04/16

Police began an official investigation after the video emerged of Father Stephan Crossan snorting cocaine.

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A Catholic priest in Ireland has stepped down from his position after being caught on tape snorting what appeared to be cocaine in a room filled with Nazi memorabilia.

The video, which was obtained last Sunday by British tabloid The Sun, showed Father Stephan Crossan allegedly snorting cocaine through a £10 note during a party last July in his parish home in the town of Banbridge. He appears to say “I shouldn’t” shortly before consuming the white substance. Crossan admitted to the tabloid that he consumed the drugs, but told them “it was just the one night and that was it.” He also denied being a Nazi or having any ties to them, insisting that the Nazi memorabilia in the video is just one of many historical items he has collected during his travels.

Last May, Crossan was granted sick leave from his pastoral duties due to depression, a full two months before the party that was shown in the video. He has been receiving counseling since then and reportedly asked for an extended leave of absence from the priesthood last month. Crossan is no longer living in the parochial house as he considers his future.

Crossan isn’t the only priest to find himself caught up in a major drug scandal, though. In January, New York priest Robert Lubrano was arrested in Long Island during an attempted drug deal at a motel. Officers found crack cocaine and a metal pipe that appeared to have the drug’s residue on it, prompting a charge of criminal possession of a controlled substance. Lubrano told police he had been using crack cocaine since 2014, when his sister was decapitated by her mentally ill son, who later took his own life by jumping in front of a train.

In October 2014, Alabama pastor Juan McFarland was removed from his position at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Montgomery after admitting in a series of Sunday sermons that he had abused illegal drugs and slept with congregates on church grounds, among other indiscretions. And finally, Monsignor Kevin Wallin, who in May 2015 was sentenced to 65 months behind bars for running a meth ring in Connecticut. 

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.