A Sacramento priest has been suspended from active ministry after parents complained that he appeared drunk Saturday during a church baptism.
[The Rev. Julian] Medina, 64, arrived an hour late for the afternoon ceremony in which he was to preside over the baptism of 15 children. The priest slurred his words, had difficulty walking and later fell down, according to witnesses.
"We apologize to the families who had to experience this incident," said the Rev. Santiago Raudes, canon lawyer for the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento. A church deacon was called in to finish the baptism.
About 150 people were at the church for the sacrament, according to Raudes. After Medina fell, church members carried the priest to the rectory.