Published: Fri, May 04, 2018

House chaplain rescinds resignation, dares Ryan to fire him

House chaplain rescinds resignation, dares Ryan to fire him

But in a statement Thursday, Ryan - himself a Catholic - reversed course.

"I have accepted Father Conroy's letter and decided that he will remain in his position as Chaplain of the House", Ryan said, according to The Hill.

House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiPelosi reiterates call to protect Mueller after new Trump tweet The Hill's 12:30 Report More than 5,000 OH ads have mentioned Clinton this year: report MORE (D-Calif.) on Thursday called for a further explanation of the circumstances behind the short-lived dismissal of Father Patrick Conroy as the House chaplain.

Conroy on Thursday wrote in a two-page letter to Ryan, the retiring Wisconsin Republican, that he has never "heard a complaint about my ministry" as House chaplain and was rescinding his resignation.

Sources claimed that Speaker Ryan didn't appreciate the tone and so the reverend allegedly was given the option of resigning or being dismissed by Ryan. Burks also reportedly mentioned a prayer Conroy led in November 2017 ahead of the tax reform vote. May their efforts these days guarantee that there are not winners and losers under new tax laws, but benefits balanced and shared by all Americans. Indeed, this explanation earned Ryan a rare endorsement from New York's Jonathan Chait. Conroy also invited a Muslim cleric past year to give the opening prayer, a move that Democrats say may have upset GOP conservatives. Many pro-abortion Catholic Democrats have attacked what Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney of NY calls a "shameful anti-Catholic move motivated by conservative extremists in Congress". He says he will sit down with Conroy next week.


Mr. Ryan last week had said House lawmakers had complained to him that they weren't getting the kind of pastoral care they wanted from Father Conroy.

"My personal sense is this was a fight not worth having from Paul Ryan's standpoint", said Matthew Wilson, a professor of political science at Southern Methodist University and an expert on religion and politics. "And a number of our members felt like the pastoral services were not being adequately served, or offered".

"While you never spoke with me in person, nor did you send me any correspondence, on Friday, April 13, 2018 your Chief of Staff, Jonathon Burks, came to me and informed me that you were asking for my letter of resignation", he said in the letter. Most lawmakers thought Conroy's original resignation, announced in mid-April, was voluntary, but Ryan faced a bipartisan backlash, particularly among the more than 140 Catholics in the House, when word spread that he had forced the priest into retirement.

"At this time, and upon advice of counsel, I herby retract and rescind said resignation for the reasons that follow", Conroy wrote in the letter dated Thursday and addressed to Ryan. Marchese declined to comment other than to say Conroy is seeking to get his job back.

The House Chaplain offers up an opening prayer each day that the House is in session. Conroy is a Roman Catholic priest from the Jesuit order.

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