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Rev. Julian Medina, Priest Allegedly Drunk At Baptism, Suspended By Catholic Diocese of Sacramento

The Huffington Post First Posted: 08/25/11 10:15 AM ET Updated: 10/25/11 06:12 AM ET

Looks as if this priest needs to ask for forgiveness.

After allegedly showing up drunk to a baptism on Saturday at All Hallows Catholic Church in Sacramento, Calif., Rev. Julian Medina was been suspended by the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento, according to a report by Fox 40 News.

The 64-year-old was scheduled to baptize 15 children in front of about 150 people, but instead showed up one hour late, slurred his words and had to be carried out of the church after falling over, CBS 17 Sacramento reports. A worker had to call in a deacon to perform the sacrament.

"We apologize to the families who had to experience this incident," the Rev. Santiago Raudes, a canon lawyer for the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento, told the Sacramento Bee.

The priest has been with the diocese since 1978, but Medina was fairly new with the church, according to the New York Daily News.

A diocese spokesperson said officials are still investigating the matter, but that Medina will be offered help if it turns out he has a problem.

CBS 17 interviewed locals in the Tahoe Park neighborhood about the incident, and many say they were surprised about the news. Watch the reactions in the video below:

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