A man has been arrested after he punched a bishop in the mouth during Mass!
The Bishop, an auxiliary bishop at Newark’s Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart was celebrating mass on Saturday to commemorate the life of baseball star Roberto Clemente.
According to PremierRadio, Charles Miller, 48, got up from his pew and walked up to the altar where Fr Manuel Cruz was delivering the service and punched the 63-year-old bishop in the mouth which caused him to fall backward into the altar.
He received treatment at a hospital for his injuries and is now recovering at home.
Essex County Sheriff’s spokesman Kevin Lynch confirmed to local media that Miller had been arrested and charged with assault.
James Goodness, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Newark, also confirmed Fr Cruz had been assaulted.
“We are thankful that law enforcement officers were able to apprehend the assailant,” Goodness said. “This is not something that we expect to happen in any of our churches.”