"Conroy's First Prayer" by C-SPAN / Public Domain

The chaplain of the U.S. House ‘cast out all spirits of darkness’ in his chamber prayer amid racism fight

Jul 19, 2019

By Michelle Boorstein

The chaplain of the House of Representatives said in his opening prayer Thursday that he would “cast out all spirits of darkness from this chamber,” reflecting the dramatic moral terms in which many Americans see our political climate.

The Rev. Patrick Conroy, a Jesuit priest, later told CNN that the idea for the prayer came when as he saw members fighting this week over a vote about whether to condemn as racist President Trump’s tweets about four congresswomen of color.

“This has been a difficult and contentious week in which darker spirits seem to be at play in the people’s House,” Conroy prayed, his eyes closed and his open hands outstretched before him.

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