NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A person accused of punching a beloved bishop within the face throughout Mass is about to seem in courtroom Tuesday in Newark.
Charles Miller has been charged with assault in reference to the incident, which occurred Saturday on the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Coronary heart throughout a particular gathering in honor of baseball corridor of famer Roberto Clemente.
Video exhibits Bishop Manuel Cruz main prayers when a walks towards the altar and swings on the bishop, punching him within the mouth and knocking him to the bottom earlier than he’s tackled by police.
Cops and others within the pews rushed to carry down the suspect as others turned to assist Bishop Cruz, who was sprawled out on the ground.
Miller was then walked out of the cathedral in handcuffs.
The bishop is now recovering with 30 stitches in his mouth.
“I’m in ache, I’m just a little frightened inside,” he stated. “I’m solely a human being, however in any other case I’m OK.”
The bishop says he suspects that Miller is mentally unwell, however within the spirit of forgiveness, he provided Mass for Miller, praying for him by identify.
“This man who got here to the altar is my brother and I’ve been praying for him,” he stated.
He hopes for this to be a chance of educating about religion and forgiveness.
“I pray that this be a second of grace for all of us and that we come to know that we’re beloved and that we don’t should be afraid,” he stated.
Investigators are nonetheless making an attempt to find out a motive for the alleged assault.