House Speaker Paul Ryan dismissed Rev. Patrick J. Conroy as Chaplain of the Chamber (the House of Representatives) earlier this month in an unusual move. It was unusual for a few reasons. At first, most members thought it was voluntary when Conroy announced his retirement as chaplain earlier this month until it was revealed that Ryan (R-Wis.) had pushed him out. Meanwhile, Democrats believe that Conroy was pushed out at least in part because of a prayer which some had perceived as critical of the GOP tax law.
Conroy’s prayer was for the poor but for Ryan, a Catholic, it was just too much for him. And, the prayer doesn’t mention Ayn Rand once.
Here’s a copy of the prayer.
— John Lundin 🌊 (@johnlundin) April 27, 2018
On Friday, the House Speaker told Republicans that the chaplain’s exit had nothing to do with the prayer. Chairman Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) said that Conroy’s dismissal was “not reflective of the integrity of the House.”
Ryan told the House Republican Conference on Friday morning that he fired Chaplain Patrick Conroy because members felt that their “pastoral needs” were not being met and his forced exit was not for political reasons, according to several Republicans who were at the meeting.
Ryan said that he forced the chaplain out because it was “time for a change.”
Even some Catholic Republicans were surprised by this and asked for an explanation. Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said that he regularly spoke with Conroy and had never heard any of his colleagues complain about him, according to The Hill.
“I saw people walk up to him all the time, sit down with him. So I never heard any of these complaints before,” King said. Ryan “just said he received so many complaints from members of the House about the lack of chaplain services. I never heard one of them. I’m not the Speaker, but I never heard [them].”
Lyin’ Ryan sounds like he’s lyin’ again.