Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

House Chaplain returns to work Monday

House Chaplain returns to work Monday

(Photo/Screenshot: Facebook; YouTube) House Speaker Paul Ryan (L) and House Chaplain Rev. Patrick J. Conroy (R). "My original decision was produced in that which I believed to be the ideal interest of the association".

When Conroy's comments went public, millions of Catholics - a staunch conservative voting bloc - were livid, made more so after Ryan demanded Conroy's resignation.

"It's time Ryan found himself a new chief of staff", the Catholic organization's statement said. Within hours, Ryan backed down and agreed to leave Conroy in his post at least through the end of the year, ending the possibility of what Ryan feared would be a "protracted fight" over what is supposed to be a unifying and spiritual position in the partisan chamber.

I don't know, of course, but given the amount of attention this has received, I think it's entirely possible that Speaker Ryan will leave Father Conroy in place and tell the members of his caucus (who were probably hissing and spitting about wanting him fired) to bide their time.

Conroy mentioned top Ryan aide Jonathan Burks advised me the speaker needed his own resignation, and cited a prayer past year that was potentially vital of their GOP tax bill that angry many Republicans.

While you never spoke to me in person, nor did you send me any correspondence on Friday, April 13, 2018, your chief of staff, Jonathan Burks came to me and informed me that you were asking for my letter of resignation.

Ryan and Conroy are slated to meet early in the week.

Pelosi launched her personal assertion Thursday, saying she was joyful that Conroy could be staying on as chaplain.

In his letter to Ryan on Thursday however, Conroy said he was not made aware of any concerns with his job performance, had consulted with a lawyer and dared Ryan to officially fire him stating his cause.

A senior GOP leadership aide maintained that "there was not a specific prayer" that led to Ryan's decision to request Conroy's resignation.

The priest is the second Catholic in history to hold the House chaplain's spot. "My problem is I was never told that that was the case".

Though Conroy's letter was quite biting, he added a note of conciliation in an interview with The New York Times.

Much of the criticism came from professed Catholic Democrats who also reject their church's teachings on abortion and sexuality.

Last November, Conroy said in a prayer that the upcoming tax reform legislation needed to be fair and prayed that representatives would ensure "there are not winners and losers under new tax laws, but benefits balanced and shared by all Americans". Father Conroy was approved unanimously as the 60th chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives May 25, 2011.

"Speaker Ryan's decision to accept Father Conroy's decision to rescind his resignation and finish his term is welcome news. Nonetheless, many distressing questions should nonetheless be answered in regards to the motivations behind Father Conroy's unwarranted and unjust dismissal".

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