Skip to content
Deacon Keith Fournier Hi reader, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! It's a little awkward to ask, but we need your help. If you have already donated, we sincerely thank you. We're not salespeople, but we depend on donations averaging $14.76 and fewer than 1% of readers give. If you donate just $5.00, the price of your coffee, Catholic Online School could keep thriving. Thank you. Help Now >

Paul Ryan and House Chaplain reconcile, chaplain to stay

Free World Class Education
FREE Catholic Classes

By Christine Rousselle (CNA)
5/4/2018 (1 year ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)

About two weeks after resigning, Chaplain of the House of Representatives Fr. Patrick J. Conroy, S.J. rescinded his resignation and informed Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) that he intends on staying in his role through his term.

Washington D.C. (CNA/EWTN News) - In a letter sent to Ryan on May 3, Conroy said that if the speaker still wished for him to leave his role, he would have to fire him. The priest said that he would not be submitting another letter of resignation.

In a statement released later that day, Ryan said that he accepts Fr. Conroy's letter and has "decided that he will remain in his position as Chaplain of the House."

"My original decision was made in what I believed to be the best interest of this institution," Ryan said. "To be clear, that decision was based on my duty to ensure that the House has the kind of pastoral services that it deserves. 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."

Ryan said he plans to meet with Fr. Conroy next week to discuss moving forward "for the good of the whole House."

Conroy had tendered his resignation as House chaplain on April 15. In his letter Thursday, he said that Ryan's Chief of Staff Jonathan Burks had told him that the speaker was asking him to resign. He said that Burks told him, "maybe it's time we had a Chaplain that wasn't a Catholic," and commented on his prayer in November that was perceived as critical of the Republicans' tax bill.

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

"At that point, I thought I had little choice but to resign, as my assumption was that you had the absolute prerogative and authority to end my term as House Chaplain," Conroy wrote.

However, Conroy wrote that he changed his mind about his resignation after Ryan began speaking to the media. Ryan said last week that some House members had concerns about Conroy, and that he was not able to adequately tend to the spiritual needs of some Congressmen.

Conroy disputed this allegation, and said that he would have made an effort to adjust his ministry in order to better serve the House.

"In fact, no such criticism has ever been leveled against me during my tenure as House Chaplain. At the very least, if it were, I could have attempted to correct such 'faults," he said.

"In retracting my resignation I wish to do just that."

Conroy then insisted that not only would he not be resigning, but also that if Ryan in fact wanted him removed from his position, he would have to terminate him. Otherwise, he will remain as House Chaplain throughout the remainder of his two-year term, which is up in 2019.

"Therefore, I wish to serve the remainder of my term as House Chaplain, unless terminated 'for cause.'"

Conroy also said that he intends to run again for his role at the end of his current term, if he is not fired by Ryan.

Conroy's resignation was due to go into effect on May 24. He has served as House chaplain since May 25, 2011.


Comments


More Politics & Policy

Trump administration issues new asylum rules for southern border Watch

Image of

The Trump administration announced a new rule on Monday, changing the asylum application process along the U.S.-Mexco border. Washington ... continue reading


California wants priests to break seal of confession in fight against child sex abuse Watch

Image of Under a new law, Priests may be legally obligated to break the confessional seal in California.

Catholic priests in California could be required to break the seal of confession under a proposed law. The law, proposed by Sen. Jerry Hill ... continue reading



Alabama challenges Roe v. Wade with lifesaving abortion ban

Image of Alabama is prepared to challenge Roe v. Wade.

The Alabama House of Representatives has passed an abortion bill that would prosecute doctors who perform abortions. Doctors could face ... continue reading


Perilous US Legislation: Still a Civilized Nation?

Image of Is the US still a civilized nation?

In light of new infanticide laws recently enacted in NY and other states, one must ask: Is the US still a civilized nation? To the shock ... continue reading


Extreme Abortion Law: Celebrating Infanticide?

Image of

63 Million Babies KilledSince the passage of Roe vs Wade legalized abortion on demand in 1973, an appalling 63+ million babies have been ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Deacon Keith Fournier Hi readers, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! It's a little awkward to ask, but we need your help. If you have already donated, we sincerely thank you. We're not salespeople, but we depend on donations averaging $14.76 and fewer than 1% of readers give. If you donate just $5.00, the price of your coffee, Catholic Online School could keep thriving. Thank you. Help Now >

Information
Learn about Catholic world

Catholic Online
Inform - Inspire - Ignite

Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained

Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need

Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online

Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye

Daily Reading
Today's bible reading

Lent / Easter
Death & resurrection of Jesus

Advent / Christmas
Birth of Jesus

Rest of Catholic Online
All Catholic world we offer

Services
Products and services we offer

Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books

Advertise on Catholic Online
Your ads on catholic.org

Catholic Online Email
Email with Catholic feel

Education
Learn the Catholic way

Catholic Online School
Free Catholic education for all

Student Classes
K-12 & Adult Education Classes

Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education

Socials
Connect with us online

Catholic Online on Facebook
Catholic social network

Catholic Online on Twitter
Catholic Tweets

Catholic Online on YouTube
Enjoy our videos

Catholic Online on Instagram
Shared Catholic moments

Catholic Online on Pinterest
Catholic ideas style inspiration

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2019 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2019 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.

Catholic Online is a Project of Your Catholic Voice Foundation, a Not-for-Profit Corporation. Your Catholic Voice Foundation has been granted a recognition of tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal Tax Identification Number: 81-0596847. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.