A priest in Nebraska who supposedly conducted an exorcism in Washington, DC the day the Capitol was seized by a crowd made up of mostly Trump supporters is now facing uproar that he should be banished from his archdiocese.
The Rev. David Fulton took part in an on-camera interview in Washington, DC on Jan. 6, where he was seen endorsing a book titled “Minor Exorcisms and Deliverance Prayers in Latin and in English,” according to the Omaha World Herald.
“Got this going,” the priest from Central City explained in the interview, the outlet reported. “Got these exorcism prayers going, there’s priests that’re using them.”
“It’s good to see so many people who care about the country, concerned about the country, people who know about what’s going on, the obvious steal,” he continued in the interview.
“And hopefully we’ll be able to take this into our local communities and do something,” he stated.
When questioned on camera if he had conducted an exorcism at the Capitol, he confirmed that he had, going on to talk about a demon that had possessed the building, the report says.
Fulton’s participation in the rally that occurred the day of the riot attracted a scolding from his archbishop and from Catholics who participated at Mass in his archdiocese at St. Michael Catholic Church.
Chancellor for the Archdiocese of Omaha Tim McNeil said to the Herald that Omaha Archbishop George Lucas is indeed “very upset” at his priest and went on to say that Fulton should not have shown up to the rally.
“He should not have been there dressed as a priest. It was a misuse of his priestly ministry,” McNeil told the newspaper.
Before his participation in the rally, Fulton had inspired several parishioners at his church by presenting fiery sermons based on “fear or intimidation” and ignoring other church activities such as the children’s choir, the report says.
One of the priest’s former flock, Scott Musil, demanded that Fulton be expelled from the priesthood after he had issued an apology for being present at the rally.
“He ‘apologized.’ (Archdiocese of Omaha) why aren’t you doing more?” Musil posted in a tweet. “Please remove this man’s priestly credentials.”
At Sunday Mass, Fulton delivered his homily after a reading from the Bible, which happened to be on the topic of Jesus expelling unclean spirits from a man, before he stated that he wished he did not appear at the rally, which ended in a riot where five people died.
“I used bad judgment in participating in the rally in Washington, DC on Jan. 6, 2021,” he said in his apology. “I spoke and acted in a way that was not consistent with my vocation as a priest. I acknowledge that the confusion and hurt that I caused to you, to the church and to the other members of the community.”
Fulton said the DC crowd during the rally was so massive that people who stood on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to take pictures couldn’t all get themselves in the frame. He then emphasized what he said to church officials and explained that he did not even know about the violence at the Capitol until after he got back to his hotel.
The priest then commented on Eddie Becker, the filmmaker who had interviewed Fulton and posted a portion of the interview online.
“This guy wanted to interview me, and I could tell that he wasn’t … of good intention,” Fulton stated. “But I thought maybe I could lead him to something that could help to evangelize him. And so I tried to find commonalities with what he was saying — he was saying very anti-Catholic stuff.
“I was trying to lead him to, maybe, information that could maybe change his mind, or at least suppress his anti-Catholicism,” Fulton remarked. “And so he edited the video and he ended up weaponizing it.”