Pelosi Opens Up About Heartbreak After Her Husband’s Attack; bishops offer prayers
By Rhina Guidos, Catholic Press Service
WASHINGTON (CNS) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said her family was “heartbroken and traumatized by the life-threatening attack” on her husband, Paul, who police say was “violently attacked” at his home in early October 28 by a man with a hammer. .
In an Oct. 30 statement to her House colleagues, Pelosi said her family was comforted by their prayers and that her husband was making progress in his recovery.
San Francisco Police Chief William Scott at a press conference on October 28 identified David DePape, 42, as a suspect, saying he will be charged with attempted homicide.
As the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office prepared charges against DePape, federal prosecutors charged him Oct. 31 with attempted kidnapping and assault of a family member of a federal official.
Scott said authorities were called to Pelosi’s home at 2.27am for a priority welfare check and, after responding, officers said they met the speaker’s husband, 82, and a suspect holding a hammer.
“The suspect pulled the hammer away from (Pelosi) and violently assaulted him … our officers immediately attacked the suspect and disarmed him,” Scott said.
The speaker’s spokesperson said on October 28 that Paul Pelosi underwent surgery “to repair a fractured skull and serious injuries to his right arm and hands.”
The suspect was also taken to a local hospital for treatment, police said, and is expected to face additional charges of assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, burglary and other additional crimes. .
Archbishop of San Francisco Salvatore J. Cordileone said he was praying for Paul Pelosi in an Oct. 28 tweet.
“Please join me in praying for the speedy recovery of Paul Pelosi and the comfort of his wife and family as well. Mother Mary hears our prayer,” Bishop Cordileone tweeted.
Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, also offered prayers.
“I join Bishop Cordileone in offering my prayers for the full recovery of Paul Pelosi and the comfort of his family following the terrible attack that occurred earlier this morning,” he said.
“I am deeply saddened by this violence, which should have no place in our communities, our political process or our great nation,” the Archbishop added. “May Our Lady of Perpetual Help intercede for us, bring healing and guide us to paths of peace.”
At Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington, the congregation prayed for Paul Pelosi’s recovery and also for an end to violence and division. Pelosi and President Joe Biden periodically attend Mass at the Jesuit Parish Church.
Scott said the investigation is ongoing and authorities are still determining a motive.
The speaker was in Washington at the time of the attack, but her office said she flew to California to be with her husband.
Some on Twitter denounced Archbishop Cordileone’s Oct. 28 tweet, saying he was a hypocrite because of what he told President Pelosi in a May 19 letter.
“You don’t have to come to Holy Communion,” he told her. “If you do so, you must not be admitted to Holy Communion, until you publicly repudiate (sic) your plea for the legitimacy of abortion and confess and receive absolution from this grave sin in the Sacrament of Penance”.
The Archbishop of San Antonio, Gustavo García-Siller, also offered prayers for the speaker’s husband Oct. 28 and for other victims of the violence.
“We pray for the children of Uvalde, the migrants burned alive and those killed by the shooting and violence, we pray for Mr. Paul Pelosi. We condemn the violence. We could all be a target, especially the poor, migrants, the elderly and all life from conception to natural death,” he tweeted.