Lon D. Saling Arrested For Trespass At St. Frances Cabrini Church In Lakewood, Washington: Fr. Paul Brunet Claims Man Is Deranged And Has Guns

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Man seen confronting Catholic priest in viral video arrested for trespass 

The man who confronted a Catholic priest during the celebration of a Mass in a Washington state church in a video that went viral on social media has been arrested. Authorities said the Oct. 24 incident during the 11 a.m. Mass at St. Frances Cabrini Church in Lakewood, Washington, occurred less than two weeks after the parish obtained a no-trespass order against the individual, who had allegedly threatened and been abusive toward staff in the church and the parish school. "The church started having problems with a male parent of a child who attended school there. He was acting irrationally and creating disturbances," Lakewood Police Lt. Chris Lawler told NCR in reference to Lon D. Saling of Lakewood, who was arrested and charged with criminal trespass. Saling is accused of violating the earlier no-trespass order, which the police department served him on Oct. 13. 

The order prohibited Saling from visiting or attending Mass at the church. "He chose to disregard this order when he appeared at Mass yesterday," Fr. Paul Brunet, the pastor at St. Frances Cabrini, wrote in a letter to parishioners on Oct. 25. Brunet wrote that the events leading up to the "unfortunate incident" at Mass began in September. The priest said that Saling's behavior "worsened" and became "less predictable" after an initial pastoral appointment. "He has engaged in a course of abusive and threatening conduct, directed not just at me but towards the parish and school staff," said Brunet, who wrote that the parish and its school had "no other choice" but to request that Saling be served with the no-trespass notice. Brunet also wrote that he and the parish staff "are concerned for [Saling's] well-being." The minute-long video has had more than 635,000 views, as it was shared widely on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. In the video, Brunet, wearing a green chasuble, is seen during a break in the eucharistic prayer pointing to someone in the pews, warning them that they were trespassing and that they needed to leave. Brunet then calls for someone to notify the church security guards. Source