News that House Speaker Paul Ryan is retiring at the end of this session has largely been met with approval. For many Republicans, and Catholics, Paul Ryan has been an abject failure as Speaker of the House.
He has largely been a Republican in name only, a RINO who has overseen policies that have led to the growth of government, increased the national debt, and have not led to the end of Roe vs. Wade.
Many have continued to defend him, but his recent firing of the House Chaplain left even his biggest supporters dumbfounded.
The rumor mill suggested that the firing was politically motivated after the Chaplain made a prayer that didn’t appear to support the recent tax reform bill.
While the Chaplain originally agreed to leave in a resignation letter, it appears he has had a change of heart and will be fighting the decision.
The Rev. Pat Conroy, the chaplain at the US House of Representatives, has rescinded his resignation in a letter, obtained by CNN, following a week’s worth of lawmakers from both parties questioning House Speaker Paul Ryan’s request that Conroy step down.
“At this time, and upon advice of counsel, I hereby retract and rescind said resignation for the reasons that follow,” Conroy writes in the letter dated Thursday and addressed to Ryan.
Conroy then stated in his letter that while Ryan told the press he was being removed for inadequate “spiritual counseling” to House members, Conroy was originally told he was being removed for past interviews he had given to the media as well as statements he had made in his November prayer.
During that prayer, Conroy appeared to criticize the tax reform bill, saying, “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. 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.”
While this whole prayer does reek of liberal, even socialist, talking points, it does stand to reason that a man of the cloth would want a tax policy that helped the majority of Americans rather than the minority.
Ryan’s firing of him over what many see as an innocuous statement is not without backlash, and is sure to be a big story in the coming weeks. You can read the Chaplain’s full letter below.
Well, this is quite something. House Chaplain Patrick Conroy retracts and rescinds his resignation, which was forced last month by Speaker Paul Ryan. Rev. Conroy’s letter here: pic.twitter.com/YNPFbYWBrY
— melissa block (@NPRmelissablock) May 3, 2018
UPDATE: Paul Ryan has accepted Conroy’s decision to remain House Chaplain.
Take that, RINO.