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Paul Ryan: Patrick Conroy will remain as House chaplain

Paul Ryan: Patrick Conroy will remain as House chaplain

The House chaplain, Rev. Patrick Conroy, has chose to fight Speaker Paul Ryan's move to oust him - telling the Republican leader on Thursday he wants to retract the resignation letter he submitted at Ryan's direction.

Ryan responded in a statement saying that "I have accepted Father Conroy's letter and decided that he will remain in his position as chaplain of the House".

Conroy's resignation was due to go into effect on May 24.

"This was not about politics or prayers, it was about pastoral services", he claimed. 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 post.

Patrick Conroy's decision to rescind his resignation as House chaplain Thursday.

Both Conroy and Ryan are Catholics. However, the letter goes on to say he has made a decision to rescind that resignation and adds that if Ryan wants to fire him he will have to do so without Conroy's consent.

"There was no good reason to force him out", House Democrat Carol Shea-Porter wrote on Twitter after learning of Conroy's retraction. Conroy also invited a Muslim cleric a year ago to give the opening prayer, a move that Democrats say may have upset GOP conservatives.

Conroy's resignation letter said he was offering to step down at Ryan's request, calling his seven years of House service 'one of the great privileges of my life'.

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The Jesuit priest said that he had never been disciplined, and had received zero complaints about his ministry during his almost seven years as House chaplain, but felt as though he was being forced into resigning by Ryan.

Regardless of Ryan's reasoning, Conroy is a controversial figure who has openly opposed Catholic teaching on homosexuality.

Conroy was unanimously approved as House chaplain in May 2011, and it was announced in March that he was resigning his post.

Then, Conroy prayed for lawmakers to make sure that 'there are not winners and losers under new tax laws, but benefits balanced and shared by all Americans'.

However, the Jesuit priest wrote, according to The Hill, that Mr. Ryan's chief of staff, Jonathan Burks, had told him "something like 'maybe it's time that we had a Chaplain that wasn't a Catholic'".

"This is not the reason that Mr. Burks gave me when asking for my 'resignation, '" the reverend wrote. ". You may wish to outright "fire" me, if you have the authority to do so, but should you wish to terminate my services, it will be without my offer of resignation".

"[A week after that prayer], a staffer [for Speaker Ryan] came down and said, 'We are upset with this prayer; you are getting too political, '" Conroy told the Times. The inclusion of specific comments from Ryan's chief of staff in Conroy's letter, especially the line suggesting Conroy was being replaced because he was Catholic, made this an unwinnable situation for Ryan.


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