Mr. Ryan, who is also a Roman Catholic, responded quickly.
"My original decision was made in what I considered the best interest of this institution," he said. "To be clear, this decision was based on my duty to ensure that the house has the kind of pastoral services it deserves."
But he did not want the fight demanded by the chaplain.
And Politics Was (19659002) "From the first day he entered the chamber, Father Conroy has done an outstanding job of serving his flock with wisdom and kindness," MP Bill Pascell Jr. said in a hurry after the letter of the chaplain. "The weak excuses that Speaker Ryan offers are just a pretext to cover the whims of the extremists in his caucus, Father Conroy stands upright and I stand by him."
But in an interview with the New York Times, Father Conroy said he believed that it was a prayer He delivered in November, when Congress was discussing tax reform, could have been a factor in the spokesman's decision. In his letter to Mr. Ryan, the chaplain said that Mr. Burks, the chief of staff, had also mentioned the prayer, as well as an interview that Father Conroy had given to the National Journal. The government called on legislators to "ensure that there are no winners and losers under new tax laws, but benefits, that are balanced and shared by all ". Shortly afterwards, he said in an interview with the Times, he was admonished by Mr. Ryan to levy tax as his signature.
"Father, you just have to stay out of politics," he recalled to the speaker.
But the dismissal itself points to politics. Father Conroy is a Jesuit, a priestly order, considered by some to be more liberal. The turmoil around Father Conroy is controversial in Catholic circles because Ryan is a Catholic Conservative. Ryan's move also revealed long simmering tensions between Catholics and evangelicals in the house. After expelling Father Conroy, Rep. Mark Walker, a Republican from South Carolina and a Southern Baptist minister, suggested that the next chaplain should be a family man – a comment that angered Catholics by accepting Catholic priests who took a vow Celibacy would not be eligible.