House Chaplain Rescinds Resignation, Forcing Confrontation

House Chaplain Rescinds His Resignation

House chaplain from Oregon rescinds resignation after furor over his ouster by Paul Ryan

"I have accepted Father Conroy's letter and decided that he will remain in his position as Chaplain of the House", Ryan said in a statement.

"Speaker Ryan's decision to accept Father Conroy's decision to rescind his resignation and finish his term is welcome news", Pelosi said in a statement on Thursday.

Ryan's office has been been on the defense about what led to his decision last month to ask Conroy to step down from the job in which he has served since 2011.

In his letter, Conroy claimed Ryan's chief of staff, Jonathan Burks, met with him on April 13 and asked for a letter of resignation.

Burks said in a statement, "I strongly disagree with Father Conroy's recollection of our conversation".

Conroy's retraction letter coincidentally came on what is recognized as the National Day of Prayer, when clergy from several faiths gathered with President Donald Trump at the White House. Ryan said last week that some House members had concerns about Conroy, and that he was not able to adequately tend to the spiritual needs of some Congressmen.

"You may wish to outright "fire" me, if you have the authority to do so, but should you wish to terminate my services, it will be without an offer of my resignation, as you requested", Conroy wrote Thursday. "At the very least, if it were, I could have attempted to correct such 'faults.' In retracting my resignation I wish to do just that". "I am disappointed by the misunderstanding, but wish him the best as he continues to serve the House".

Conroy, a Jesuit priest, resigned April 15 after he spent almost seven years praying at the outset of House sessions.

BuzzFeed News reached out to Ryan's office for comment. The priest said that he would not be submitting another letter of resignation.

Earlier this week, Ryan discussed his decision to fire Conroy at a conservative summit hosted by The Weekly Standard. "My original decision was made in what I believed to be in the best interest of this institution".

Regardless of Ryan's reasoning, Conroy is a controversial figure who has openly opposed Catholic teaching on homosexuality.

Democrats - and Conroy himself - have cited a prayer he offered last fall that called for fairness as the House debated tax cuts as a reason for GOP discontent with his performance.

The top Republican, who is also Catholic, had previously said lawmakers had complained about the reverend's lack of interaction.

Conroy disputed this allegation, and said that he would have made an effort to adjust his ministry in order to better serve the House. According to a previous report by the Inquisitr, Conroy recently prayed about the issue of income disparity in the United States. Such a requirement would automatically exclude Catholic priests from the position. He has also served as a chaplain at Georgetown University.He graduated from Claremont Men's College in California in 1972, and has three master's degrees in philosophy (Gonzaga University, Spokane, 1977), divinity (Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, 1983) and sacred theology (Regis College of the University of Toronto, 1984), and a law degree from St. Louis University (1979).

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