From the Washington Examiner:
The Democratic congressman who presided over a recent contentious debate on the House floor revealed in a Thursday interview with Martha MacCallum that he agreed with the House chaplain’s prayer to exorcise the congressional chamber. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, 74, of Missouri recalled the partisan bickering that led him to abandon the chair in a historic display of frustration Tuesday. Shouting had erupted on the floor as representatives argued over a resolution to condemn President Trump’s tweets that urged “‘Progressive’ Democratic Congresswomen” to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
“[House Chaplain] Father Patrick and I sat together earlier the day of all of the chaos and confusion during the resolution concerning President Trump,” Cleaver remembered. “And he said to me — leaned over and said, ‘You know, I feel a presence in here, an evil presence.’ He said it’s not a Democrat or a Republican. He said there’s something else going on here. He said, ‘I’m going to have to pray tomorrow to ask God to cleanse this place.'”
From Fox News:
After several chaotic and historic days on Capitol Hill, the chaplain of the House of Representatives opened the legislative day Thursday with a prayer to cast out “all spirits of darkness from this chamber.”
“This has been a difficult and contentious week in which darker spirits seem to have been at play in the people’s House,” the Reverend Pat Conroy began. Then, in a dramatic moment, Conroy raised both hands and said, “In Your most holy name, I cast out all spirits of darkness from this chamber. Spirits not from You. I cast out the spirit of discouragement which deadens the hope of those who are of goodwill.
At times, Conroy’s prayer sounded strikingly similar to the Catholic Church’s old Rite of Exorcism, in which a priest cast “unclean spirits” from a possessed person. (The rite was revised in 1999.)