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Paul Ryan Office Filled With Slow Readers–Meanwhile Patrick J. Conroy Waits

May 3, 2018

In a two-page letter, the Rev. Patrick J. Conroy informed Ryan that he gave in to pressure from the speaker’s staff when he agreed in mid-April to resign, believing that Ryan had the power to fire him, but the chaplain now believes he was pressured into the resignation for lack of cause.

“I have never been disciplined, nor reprimanded, nor have I ever heard a complaint about my ministry during my time as House chaplain,” Conroy wrote.

Ryan had told House Republicans at a closed-door meeting last week that he had received complaints about Conroy about his pastoral style and believed that replacing the Catholic priest was in the best interest of the institution.

He said the dismissal was not motivated by Conroy’s political views or a prayer the Jesuit gave in November on the House floor when the chamber was debating a tax bill.

Ryan’s aides were reported to be still waiting to fully read the letter–Good Lord it is only TWO pages!  

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