By: Steve Dellar | 04-29-2018 | News
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Washington DC - Firing Of Capitol Hill Chaplain Taints Paul Ryan’s Legacy

By now, even Democrats are calling for an investigation into the firing of Father Patrick Conroy, the Capitol Hill Chaplain forced out by Speaker of the House Mr Paul Ryan, himself stepping down shortly.

Apparently over remarks made during sermons criticizing the tax plan, Mr Ryan is supposed to have told Father Conroy that he should just ‘stay out of politics’, but in the end the chaplain chose not to do so whilst Ryan chose as one of his last deeds to have the House Chaplain removed.

It was in November 2017 already that the row erupted when Father Conroy had said: "As legislation on taxes continues to be debated this week and next, may all members be mindful that the institutions and structures of our great nation guarantee the opportunities that have allowed some to achieve great success, while others continue to struggle."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">nobody&#39;s ever fired the House <br>Chaplain before–Paul Ryan just did; <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Eric Boehlert (@EricBoehlert) <a href="">April 27, 2018</a></blockquote>

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"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."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">BREAKING: Paul Ryan just fired House Chaplain Patrick Conroy after Conroy reminded Congress to think of the poor during the tax debate.<br><br>This is Paul Ryan&#39;s legacy. Party over country. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Randy Bryce (@IronStache) <a href="">April 26, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Rumour has it that at this point Mr Ryan stepped up to the Chaplain after the service and told him in no uncertain terms that Mr Conroy should stick to preaching about the bible and not about legislation. The two men never got along since and a few months later, Father Conroy became the first House Chaplain to offer his resignation during a political term.

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“He just said that there was dissatisfaction among members with Father Conroy, and that was it,” Representative Pete King, a Republican lawmaker from New York, told reporters.

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“We need more of an explanation. I'm not aware of any discontent or any criticism and to be the first House Chaplain removed in the history of Congress in the middle of the term raises serious questions and I think we deserve more of an explanation and why was there political pressure.”


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4 Comment/s
RaDonna Marshall No. 24571 2018-04-29 : 15:36

He did not fire him,…Father Conroy became the first House Chaplain to offer his resignation during a political term.

STOP these misleading headlines.

Anonymous No. 24572 2018-04-29 : 15:38

RaDonna Marshall

Please show me the correct headline? If someone asks for your resignation and you offer it, you indeed technically offered your resignation…… but still got fired.

Anonymous No. 24575 2018-04-29 : 15:52

Take a pet med. He was fired kindly.

Anonymous No. 24580 2018-04-29 : 16:09

Let us say He was offered to leave and excepted…


as the Congressional Chaplin he has NO SAY in Politics and actually was wrong, IF!!! if he started using his RELIGIOUS position to push NON-RELIGIOUS POLITICAL ISSUES.

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