A Catholic Priest has denied he is a Nazi after being caught on camera snorting a line of cocaine surrounded by World War II memorabilia. Father Stephen Crossan was videoed diving head first into lines of what appeared to be the class A drug at his home on the grounds of St Patrick's Church in Banbridge, Northern Ireland.
A video obtained by the Sun on Sunday newspaper shows the 37-year-old seated in the kitchen before rising and making his way around the table where there are lines of white powder racked up on a plate. He appears to say "I shouldn't" before snorting the substance through a rolled-up £10 note.
A source told the newspaper that Crossan and a group of friends made their way back to the house after they were booted out of a nearby party. There they were apparently stunned by Crossan's collection of Nazi memorabilia as well as his drug use.
"The house was lovely but we were stunned to see the Nazi stuff. It was all over the house," said one source according to the newspaper. "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. He shouldn't be taking drugs."
Despite the historical hoard, Crossan insisted he was not a Nazi. "I'm no Nazi. I collect historical stuff. There's stuff there from every country," he told the paper. The Sun on Sunday reported that Crossan has since "left the church", and said he was suffering depression at the time of the incident.
The Father Crossan's diocese was not available for comment at the time of publication.