Ryan explains decision to dismiss House chaplain


Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told the House Republican Conference Friday morning that he fired Chaplain Patrick Conroy because members felt like their “pastoral needs” were not being met and not for a political reason, according to several Republicans inside the room. 

Ryan told members his decision to ask Conroy to step aside had nothing to do with politics, a policy conflict or a prayer.
A number of lawmakers had approached Ryan and told him they needed someone in the chaplain’s role who could offer more “spiritual counseling,” according to Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), who attended the meeting.

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Eric Dee

The Republicans need all the prayers they can get heading into the mid-terms. Unfortunately, God is not on their side and is moving across the aisle, something that Ryan has no control over.

William Hicks

I don’t believe there is something in regards to religious affiliation involved here on the part of Speaker Ryan. To the best of my knowledge, he is a Catholic.