House Speaker Paul Ryan forced out House Chaplain Reverend Patrick Conroy, supposedly because he stood up for the poor.
Reverend Conroy was appointed by Speaker John Boehner in 2011. On November 6, in a prayer, Rev. Conroy said on the House floor,“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.”
He was known to be blunt in his remarks, but asking for fairness in tax law might have been a step too far for Ryan.
In an April 15 letter to Ryan, he stated, “As you have requested, I hereby offer my resignation as the 60th Chaplain of the United States House of Representatives. The position is one which I did not seek nor strive to assume, but…I have considered it one of the great privileges of my life.”
Democrats and Republicans are asking Ryan to explain the move. He is said to be the first Chaplain ever fired by the speaker and, given the timing between his public remarks and the firing, it seems that there is a connection between the 2.