While several Representatives on both sides of the isle criticized Ryan for firing Father Conroy for purely political policy reasons, the House Speaker told the House Republican Conference that he took this action because several members felt their "pastoral needs" were not being met.
Conroy, in The New York Times, expressed bafflement at the situation but hinted that politics did play a role and pointed to his November prayer as a possible explanation.
Paul Ryan fired House Chaplain Patrick Conroy after he prayed for "fairness" when the GOP was preparing to pass their lopsided tax bill that nearly exclusively benefits corporations and Trump's billionaire and millionaire friends.
Conroy says he was approached by Speaker Paul Ryan's (R-Wisc.) Chief of Staff and told that the speaker would like his resignation.
But Ryan's office won't say why Conroy was asked to resign and he hasn't told rank-and-file Democrats why.
That outraged some Catholics, who felt Walker was eliminating Catholic priests from consideration due to their vows of celibacy. "That is what I have tried to do for seven years".More news: Three Quick Thoughts From Thursday at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans
"To me it was an unsatisfactory answer", King said.
The December 2017 passage of the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" was thrilling to a great many people, among them Donald Trump, corporate America, and the uber rich, whom the legislation was structured to disproportionately benefit. "(Our reps)", he tweeted. "He is deeply admired by members and staff. Father Conroy's ministry here has made a difference, and we are all very grateful to him". We never hear from him.
"I doubt that anything will change Ryan's mind, but I think it important that Members know the truth", he wrote.
The circumstances of Conroy's departure have set off a storm of angry responses from Democratic members.
"He assured us that had nothing to do with it", Rep. Mia Love of Utah said.
Father Daniel Coughlin was the first Catholic to occupy the position and was looking to retire from the post in 2010 when then-House Speaker John Boehner had been in talks with fellow Catholic and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi about finding a Jesuit they could both support. Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., tells NBC News.More news: IPL 2018: Sakshi Dhoni demands another six from husband MS Dhoni
Sister Simone Campbell, a Sister of Social Service and executive director of Network, a Catholic social justice lobbying organization, in a message posted via Twitter, said she was "outraged".
In a prayer throughout deliberations on tax cuts final 12 months, Conroy requested that lawmakers must be "truthful to all People", a brand new report mentioned Thursday. The aide also said Pelosi made it clear to Ryan that she disagreed with his decision.
Conroy was not afraid to weigh in on political issues in the past.
The priest was the second Catholic in history to hold the House chaplain's spot.
Conroy's more traditional hierarchy of religious ideals made him unpopular with the House's strong contingent of fundamentalist Christian lawmakers.
A letter is circulating amongst congressmen, to be sent to the Speaker asking for his reasons for Fr Conroy's dismissal.More news: MS Dhoni does his daughter's hair after CSK's win over RCB
Cleaver noted that the Jesuit's career and reputation is forever damaged by the episode, "especially when a Catholic priest dismissed - oh jeez, all this other stuff that's been going on with these priests, and this is bad, this is absolutely terrible".
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