A Catholic priest from Nebraska who boasted about performing an ‘exorcism’ at the US Capitol during the January 6 MAGA riots is facing calls to be defrocked.
Video showed the Rev David Fulton speaking to a filmmaker, Eddie Becker, about how he performed the exorcism on a demon named ‘Baphomet’ who he said is ‘dissolving the country’ as he stood in a sea of President Donald Trump’s supporters.
Fulton, who was wearing a clerical collar, identifies himself as a ‘Roman Catholic’ from Nebraska and holds up a book entitled: ‘Minor Exorcisms and Deliverance Prayers in Latin and in English’.
‘Got this going,’ he says, pointing to the book. ‘Got these exorcism prayers going, there’s priests that’re using them.’
The priest went on to explain how he’d carried out the exorcism, saying: ‘We’ll see, we’ll see what effect [it had].’
The video was exposed in an article by the Omaha World-Herald, which reported that parishioners are now demanding that Fulton be stripped of his priestly title over his involvement in the insurrection and the comments he made when he was there.
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Video shows the Rev David Fulton, a pastor at two churches in central Nebraska, talking about how he performed an ‘exorcism’ at the US Capitol during the January 6 MAGA riot
Fulton is seen speaking to videographer Eddie Becker about his purported exorcism on a demon named Baphomet who he said is ‘dissolving the country’.
As he speaks Fulton holds up a book entitled: ‘Minor Exorcisms and Deliverance Prayers in Latin and in English’
Priest at Capitol protest says he performed an ‘exorcism’
Fulton, who is a pastor at St Michael’s Catholic Church in Central City and St Peter’s Catholic Church in Fullerton, claimed in the video that he learned about the demon ‘Baphomet’ from Chad Ripperger, a priest and self-proclaimed exorcist with ties to Nebraska.
A priest by the same name made headlines last November after live-streaming exorcisms aimed at rooting out ‘voter fraud’ on YouTube.
Fulton echoed unfounded claims of voter fraud during his conversation with Becker as he praised the ‘awesome’ crowd gathered in DC.
‘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,’ Fulton said.
‘And hopefully we’ll be able to take this into our local communities and do something.’
Fulton is a pastor at St Michael’s Catholic Church in Central City and St Peter’s Catholic Church in Fullerton, according to the Omaha World-Herald
The chancellor for the Archdiocese of Omaha, Deacon Tim McNeil, reacted to Becker’s video by saying Fulton’s comments do not reflect the views of the archdiocese – and emphasizing that Fulton is not a ‘trained exorcist’.
McNeil said he was informed of Fulton’s presence at the Capitol riots a few days after he returned home.
When asked by church officials if he had entered the Capitol illegally, Fulton said he left before any violence broke out and didn’t learn about it until he returned to his hotel, McNeil said.
That account doesn’t match the video, in which Fulton directly indicates that he had been inside the Capitol as he stands among the chaotic crowds.
After viewing the video, church officials asked Fulton about his exorcism comments, according to a statement from the archdiocese.
‘Fr. Fulton has since clarified that, contrary to his YouTube interview, he did not attempt a formal exorcism, but led others in prayer,’ the statement said.
‘Fr. Fulton should not have claimed to have special and particular knowledge about demonic activity.’