Paul Ryan reinstates pro-gay Jesuit House chaplain who challenged ouster

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

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

But Ryan never cited either example, saying only that he acted on reports that Conroy didn't serve House personnel's "pastoral needs". In this message, Ryan said, "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".

The priest is the second Catholic in history to hold the House chaplain's spot.

In the letter, Conroy says that he thought he had little choice but to resign after receiving Burks' letter, which contained the alleged anti-Catholic remark. Burks, according to Conroy, then said the bit about it being "time for a Chaplain that wasn't a Catholic". Conroy also invited a Muslim cleric past year to give the opening prayer, a move that Democrats say may have upset GOP conservatives.

But the Pelosi aide said that while she had been in the loop about the decision, she "made it clear to the Speaker that she had only received positive comments about Father Conroy's service from Members", and "also made it clear to Speaker Ryan that she disagreed with this decision".

Ryan chief of employees Jonathan Burks stated in a press release, obtained by a reporter for The Hill, that he remembered his dialog with Conroy otherwise.

Father Conroy's letter was certain to stoke the anger.

Mr. Ryan moved quietly in April to remove the chaplain, who submitted his resignation when he was asked to and said his last day would be May 24. 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".

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In an appearance in Milwaukee last week, Ryan said: "This was not about politics or prayers, it was about pastoral services".

Democrats contended for weeks that Conroy's dismissal was due to a prayer he delivered a year ago as lawmakers prepared to begin consideration of tax reform - irking Republicans.

After his reinstatement, the chaplain chuckled over the controversy: "The upside of the whole story is people are actually reading my prayers". Father Conroy is a Jesuit, an order of priests viewed by some as more liberal. He also mentioned my November prayer and an interview with the National Journal Daily. "Nonetheless, many distressing questions should nonetheless be answered in regards to the motivations behind Father Conroy's unwarranted and unjust dismissal".

In his letter from this week, Conroy noted the apparent lack of consultation with other House members before his attempted ouster. However, other explanations or theories for Controy's forced retirement quickly began to spring up, especially since neither Ryan nor any of his staff members offered any explanation for the apparent effort to push Conroy aside.

"It's time Ryan found himself a new chief of staff", the Catholic organization's statement said.

Last Friday, 147 Democrats and one Republican - Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina, sent a letter to Ryan requesting information on his decision.

Ryan defended his original decision and continued to question whether Conroy was delivering sufficient "pastoral services" to the entire House.

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