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04-25-2016, 01:37 PM

Newark church assault highlights crisis of mentally ill, priests say



NEWARK, New Jersey (WABC) --
A man is under arrest after police say he entered a church in Newark early Sunday morning and assaulted one of the priests.

Authorities say 33-year-old Shawn Swinton, a former student :rolleyes:at the prep school, walked into St. Mary's Church and punched Father Edwin Leahy.

Parishoners and another priest helped police capture the suspect.

"People like this, who suffer, don't tend to take their medication," said Fr. Leahy, of the Benedictine Abbey of Newark. "So they are dangerous to themselves and to somebody else."

That's the first point Fr. Leahy wanted to make about the hostile encounter with Swinton, who left school as a teenager due to mental illness.

"He's had a history in his family," Fr. Leahy said. "The problem is getting him somewhere where he can be cared for on a long-term basis."

Priests say Swinton was agitated :bongo:when walked into St. Mary's Church between Masses.


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In response to the story you may have heard about regarding an incident in St. Mary’s Church on the Monastic grounds of Newark Abbey Sunday morning, Fr. Edwin wants to assure people that everyone is fine, including himself. He also added, “Pray for those who are suffering in our cities.”