Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is. – Mahatma Gandhi
Last week I wrote about the sudden resignation of the Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Rev. Patrick J. Conroy. It was reported that Speaker Paul Ryan asked him to resign.
Some people believe it was a prayer that cost Father Conroy his job.
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.”
The good news is that Father Conroy is back!