When religion and politics ride in the same cart, the whirlwind follows. – Frank Herbert
A story that received a little attention in media caught my attention this week. It was about Rev. Patrick J. Conroy, the U.S. House Chaplain.
The New York Times reported it this way:
The chaplain of the House said on Thursday that he was blindsided when Speaker Paul D. Ryan asked him to resign two weeks ago, a request that he complied with but was never given a reason for.
The sudden resignation of the chaplain, the Rev. Patrick J. Conroy, shocked members of both parties. He had served in the role since he was nominated in 2011 by Speaker John A. Boehner, a fellow Catholic. In an interview, Father Conroy was categorical: His departure was not voluntary.
“I was asked to resign, that is clear,” Father Conroy said. As for why, he added, “that is unclear.”
Some people believe it was a prayer that cost Father Conroy his job. A prayer!
Here is the prayer:
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. May their [the Members’] efforts these days guarantee that there are not winners and losers under new tax laws but benefits balanced and shared by all Americans.
An aide for Speaker Paul Ryan contends a prayer was not the reason for the dismissal, although the New York Times reports that Father Conroy said that the speaker told him, “Padre, you just got to stay out of politics.”
I would hope that members of Congress, many who are millionaires, would like to see new tax laws that would “guarantee that there are not winners and losers under new tax laws but benefits balanced and shared by all Americans.”
God bless you, Father Conroy.
Have a great week!