Ryan Reinstates House Chaplain After Uproar From Lawmakers

Latest News: Drama continues after Home chaplain rescinds resignation letter requested by Ryan

"In his letter rescinding his resignation as House Chaplain, Father Patrick J. Conroy (Ryan has reinstated him) said that it was Burks who told him, 'Maybe it's time that we had a chaplain that wasn't Catholic, '" Donohue said in the statement Friday.

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.). "My original decision was produced in that which I believed to be the ideal interest of the association".

Finally, as noted, it has been suggested that Ryan's decision to force Conroy out came in the wake of complaints by fellow Republicans, most of whom are not Catholic, that the House Chaplin was Catholic to begin with.

Conroy further claimed that Ryan's chief of staff, Jonathan Burks made anti-Catholic remarks to him when he initially raised concern about why he was being asked to resign. "To be clear, that call was based mostly on my obligation to make sure that the Home has the sort of pastoral providers that it deserves", he stated.

"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.

I was elected as House Chaplain on May 25, 2011 and I have honorably served in that role since that time.

The chaplain is responsible for opening the House each day with a prayer and offering counseling to lawmakers and aides on the House side of the Capitol.

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

Conroy has accepted some responsibility for the situation with Ryan noting that they planned to sit down together next Tuesday. Ryan has said he was dissatisfied with Conroy's pastoral care to lawmakers. Ryan, meanwhile, has said he plans to meet with Rev. Conroy soon, hoping to clear the air and get things back on track. Father Conroy is a Jesuit, an order of priests viewed by some as more liberal. "My problem is I was never told that that was the case".

Ryan himself is also Catholic.

However the Pelosi aide stated that whereas she had been within the loop in regards to the choice, she "made it clear to the Speaker that she had exclusively obtained constructive feedback about Father Conroy's service from Members", and "additionally made it clear to Speaker Ryan that she disagreed with this choice".

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".

In his letter from this week, Conroy noted the apparent lack of consultation with other House members before his attempted ouster.

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