Paul Ryan Says House Chaplain Can Stay After Patrick Conroy Rescinded Resignation

Paul Ryan Says House Chaplain Can Stay After Patrick Conroy Rescinded Resignation

Paul Ryan Says House Chaplain Can Stay After Patrick Conroy Rescinded Resignation

On Thursday Father Conroy - who announced his resignation two weeks ago, he says under pressure from Mr. Ryan - revoked that decision, writing a letter saying he had served "honorably" and didn't think he should go.

"I have never been disciplined, nor reprimanded, nor have I ever heard a complaint about my ministry during my time as House Chaplain", he wrote. 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.

Complaining that Mr. Ryan never spoke to him in person, Father Conroy also suggested his Catholic faith played a role in his dismissal.

The retraction (and acceptance) of Conroy's forced resignation ends an embarrassing multi-week saga that has served as a fresh reminder of Paul Ryan's ineptitude.

In the letter, he addressed speculation that lawmakers wanted a chaplain who wasn't Catholic. "It is my desire to continue to serve as House chaplain in this 115th United States Congress and beyond ..."

"I do not wish to have my "resignation" be construed as a "constructive termination, '" Conroy wrote".

Ryan said he planned to sit down for Conroy early next week "so that we can move forward for the good of the whole House".

"Recently, on April 27, you publicly indicated that my "pastoral services" to some Members were lacking and that I did not offer adequate "spiritual counseling" to others", Conroy wrote to Ryan. 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. The House chaplain is reappointed at the start of every two-year congressional session.

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.

Conroy made a decision to fight Ryan's move to oust him - telling the Republican leader on Thursday he wanted to retract the resignation letter he submitted at Ryan's direction last month.

However, Conroy insisted to the New York Times that Ryan told him after the 2017 prayer: "Padre, you've got to stay out of politics". Conroy claimed Burks also mentioned a prayer the chaplain offered in November during the tax reform debate that was viewed by some as critical of the GOP platform. Conroy also invited a Muslim cleric past year to give the opening prayer, a move that Democrats say may have upset GOP conservatives.

Burks said in a statement, "I strongly disagree with Father Conroy's recollection of our conversation".

Rep. Gerry Connolly, a Virginia Democrat who is Catholic, has been among the most vocal critics of the request for Conroy to step down.

"But on Thursday, Conroy said, 'I wish to serve the remainder of my term as House Chaplain, unless terminated 'for cause.' Please be guided accordingly".

This article has been updated to reflect that Ryan accepted Conroy rescinding his resignation, and with additional comment from Burks.

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