Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Paul Ryan reinstates Patrick Conroy as House of Representatives chaplain

Paul Ryan reinstates Patrick Conroy as House of Representatives chaplain

Rev. Patrick Conroy delivered his very first prayer Monday to open the House of Representatives due to the fact rescinding his resignation as House chaplain a week following outrage around property Speaker Paul Ryan's make an effort to oust him by the role.

Conroy announced last Thursday that he wouldn't be stepping down after originally announcing his resignation at the request of Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPelosi a target for GOP, and for Dems demanding change House chaplain is a champion of true Catholicism - Paul Ryan is not Dems put squeeze on Ryan over chaplain controversy MORE (R-Wisc.).

Earlier that week Ryan had refused to publicly address his rationale to demand Father Patrick Conroy's resignation, though he explained his decision to the House Republican Conference behind closed doors - citing member concern over his pastoral care and a lack of chaplaincy service.

Ryan in his statement Thursday stood by his public remarks on the matter.

"It is my job as speaker to do what is best for this body, and I know that this body is not well served by a protracted fight over such an important position", Ryan said. When Mr. Ryan's chief of staff, Jonathan Burks, informed him that the speaker was asking for his letter of resignation, Father Conroy wrote, "I inquired as to whether or not it was 'for cause, ' and Mr. Burks mentioned dismissively something like, "Maybe it's time that we had a chaplain that wasn't a Catholic".

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, said she welcomed Ryan's decision to let Conroy remain as chaplain.

Conroy told The New York Times last week that shortly afterward Ryan warned Conroy to "stay out of politics".

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Burks disputed this telling of events, saying in a statement, "I strongly disagree with Father Conroy's recollection of our conversation".

A senior GOP leadership aide maintained that "there was not a specific prayer" that led to Ryan's decision to request Conroy's resignation. I was re-elected House Chaplain in every succeeding Congress.

However, the Catholic organization remains unhappy about Ryan's handling of the incident. I have never been disciplined nor reprimanded nor I have ever ever heard a complaint about my ministry during my time as House Chaplain.

Conroy prayed for lawmakers to earn sure "nonetheless there are not winners and losers under new tax legislation, but benefits shared and balanced by most of Americans".

Conroy said he and Mr. Ryan will sit down together on Tuesday when the House is back in session. Conroy is a Roman Catholic priest from the Jesuit order. In it, he rescinded his resignation, which Conroy tendered on April 15.

Ryan received significant resistance from both parties over the move, including a letter from 148 House members. "All I am saying is the big guy (Ryan) has to speak". "However, many distressing questions must still be answered about the motivations behind Father Conroy's unwarranted and unjust dismissal".

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