Sunday Spotlight: Senate Chaplain Barry Black

Senate Chaplain Barry Black discusses his stern prayers for the Senate over the government shutdown.
4:19 | 10/13/13

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Transcript for Sunday Spotlight: Senate Chaplain Barry Black
Lord, give us strength. But especially to those in congress and let them stop being a bunch of knuckleheads that go on television and say all kinds of nonsense. Until you want to smack them across the face with a bag full of quarters and that's change i can believe in. that is "saturday night live's" take of the man in this week's "sunday spotlight." Senate chaplain barry black. He unleashed a surprisingly sharp scolding to those he pastors. Abc's john donvan has more. Look upon with favor on president barack obama. You have seen him before, lots of time. We praise you, the giver of bountiful gifts. Reporter: The prayer guy, big ceremonies, he's there. You didn't know his name before this, did you? Let us pray. Reporter: Until a few days back when the content of his prayers turned to the government shutdown. Save us from the madness. Reporter: So that suddenly the prayer's guy is making news. I think we have had slow news days, john. Reporter: That's way too modest, because barry black, that's his name, is a former navy rear admiral, a Ph.D. PSYCHOLOGIST. And the u.S. Senate's 62nd official chaplain. Since 1789. Who gets the senate floor a minute a day to talk out loud to god. But lately. Forgive them for the blunders they have committed. Reporter: But he's been informing god of some flaws he has seen in lawmakers. Like ending the shutdown for the nation's sake and for god's sake -- deliver us from the hypocrisy of attempting to sound reasonable while being unreasonable. Reporter: So, you want them to hear this conversation you're having with god? Well, the fact that they overhear is just one of the fortituous advantage. Of what I do. Reporter: Attend a weekly prayer service with him and they also do bible study together. One senator came to me and said, chaplain, I hope our lawmakers are listening because I have been following your prayers very, very closely, for the last four or five days, and they're really making a difference in my reflections. Reporter: Indeed of the several senators we asked, all said they're good with his recent focus. He has the respect of everybody, democrats and republicans. I think we're lucky to have barry black. When I grow up I want to be just like barry black. Reporter: But the shutdown continues. During which, the man who prays is not getting paid. You're still showing up? That's pretty special. Right, that's not going to buy the lunch? You'll be amazed what it can do for the fish. Reporter: That tells us what we're praying for here it's called a miracle. For "this week," john donvan, abc news, washington. Now, we honor our fellow americans who serve and sacrifice. This week, the pentagon released the names of six service members killed in afghanistan. And that is all for us today. Thank you for sharing part of your sunday with us. Check out "world news" with david muir tonight and I'll see

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