By Mark Ellis –
Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi invited Catholic priests to exorcise her home in San Francisco following the brutal hammer attack on Paul, her husband of nearly 60 years.
On October 28, 2022, David DePape, a 42-year-old Canadian citizen, allegedly attacked Paul Pelosi with a hammer during a home invasion at the couple’s mansion. Paul later underwent surgery for a fractured skull.
DePape had a history of mental health issues and drug abuse. His blog reportedly was filled with delusional statements and it appeared the attack was politically motivated.
In a lengthy feature for the New York Times, journalist Maureen Dowd interviewed Nancy and her daughter Alexandra about Nancy’s looming retirement and legacy. Alexandra said the beating left her father “looking like Frankenstein under his dashing hat,” and with an incapacitated hand that the doctors thought he might lose.
“The fact that they were after me and then they hit him,” Pelosi said, left her wrestling with guilt, grief, and regrets. “He’s a strong person, athletic. This has been tough. It’s going to be about three or four more months before he’s really back to normal.”
Alexandra said the strain led to her mother’s 9-1-1 call to the church. “I think that weighed really heavy on her soul. I think she felt really guilty. I think that really broke her. Over Thanksgiving, she had priests coming, trying to have an exorcism of the house and having prayer services.”
“It’s a miracle that this kind of thing never happened sooner,” she added. “We were always worried. It’s like your worst fear coming to life.”
Media outlets reported it is unclear which priests might have performed the exorcism. Fr. Arturo Albano of Pelosi’s local parish, St. Vincent de Paul Church, said he and his staff were not involved, according to The New York Post.
“As far as I know, no exorcism or priest services were performed at her home,” he said.
Some think she might have sought help from outside San Francisco, considering her difficulties with San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, who barred her last year from receiving communion due to her liberal abortion stance.
Cordileone said she has been perpetrating a grave evil due because of her abortion position, referred to it as a scandal, stating it brought risk to Pelosi’s soul.
The archbishop’s decree didn’t stop Pelosi from traveling to Rome and taking communion with the Pope himself. So, it seems likely she sought spiritual help for the exorcism outside of her parish.
Fr. Vincent Lampert, an exorcist for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis, said he receives many requests every year for help inside homes, especially after a violent incident.
“It would be the recitation of a particular prayer, inviting the presence of God back into the house, casting out any presence of evil that may be there,” he told The Post. “Then the house would be blessed with holy water, reminding us of our new life in Christ, and the fact that we need not fear any evil, because recognizing that Christ is dwelling with us.”