A Roman Catholic priest based in Northern Ireland was caught on camera snorting cocaine in a room filled with Nazi memorabilia, The Sun reported on Sunday.
Father Stephen Crossan, 37, who admitted that he didn’t have an ‘issue with drugs’, was seen using a £10 ($14) note to inhale the illicit substance during a party at his house located on church grounds after a night of drinking.
“I shouldn’t before snorting the white powder off a plate while talking to a friend,” the vicar of Christ could be heard saying in the video.
Speaking to The Sun Newspaper’s Ruth Warrander, after the tape was made public, Crossan admitted to the affair but maintained he did not have a problem with substance abuse.
He said: “It was just the one night and that was it. I do not have an issue with drugs,”
As for the Nazi paraphernalia adorning the priest’s apartment, one source who spoke with the British-based tabloid said that they were shocked by the display.
“The house was lovely but we were stunned to see the Nazi stuff. It was all over the house. At one point Stephen put on a cap and did the Nazi salute.
“It’s shocking. He’s supposed to be an upstanding member of society.”
The source said that the footage was shot at the end of a two day bender after which the priest invited a group of people back to his home.
When asked about the Nazi decor gracing his parish apartment, Father Crossan, who has worked as a prison chaplain, told the paper:
“I’m no Nazi. I collect historical stuff. There’s stuff there from every country.”