Sees a chaplain about to recite Proverbs 29:7 pic.twitter.com/0Khbux90cq
— Zeddy (@Zeddary) April 27, 2018
“The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.”
The Zombie-Eyed Granny Starver’s campaign website might claim he’s a Catholic, but Ryan’s abiding faith leader is Ayn Rand. So, on his way out the door, he gathered up his meager moiety of courage and… fired the Congressional Chaplin, a Catholic priest, for committing Wrongthought.
Dana Milbank, in the Washington Post, “The poor don’t have a prayer in today’s Washington”:
But we know this much: Ryan’s office complained to Conroy about a prayer he offered on the House floor during the tax overhaul debate that those who “continue to struggle” in the United States would not be made “losers under new tax laws.” Ryan admonished the priest after the Nov. 6 prayer, saying, “Padre, you just got to stay out of politics,” Conroy told the New York Times.
He was warned. He was given an explanation. Nevertheless, he persisted.
Over the five months since Ryan’s warning, Conroy dared to continue to preach the teachings of Jesus on the House floor…
He prayed for lawmakers to be “free of all prejudice” and, after the Parkland, Fla., school shooting, to “fulfill the hopes of those who long for peace and security for their children.”
But such “political” sentiments are apparently no longer compatible with service as House chaplain. “As you have requested, I hereby offer my resignation,” Conroy, named chaplain seven years ago by then-Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), wrote to Ryan on April 16. The ouster became public Thursday.
Only in this perverted time could a priest lose his job after committing the sin of crying out for justice for the poor. But then, look around: Everywhere are the signs of a rising kleptocracy…
When the first Congress was convened, a chaplain was considered an essential part of the furniture — much like spittoons, which I believe are also still around, hopefully just for decorative purposes. As a person of faith, I would be just as happy if the Congressional chaplaincy were allowed to expire quietly. But there is poetic justice in way Paul Ryan, Servant to the Kleptocracy, has managed to set off a firestorm that’s engulfing even his “allies”…
Speaker Ryan has ousted the House chaplain, according to his resignation letter — a move that's angered Democrats and defenders of the Jesuit priest. https://t.co/pRRbops5YH
— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 26, 2018
I guess we shouldn't be surprised Paul Ryan fired the Jesuit priest who was the House chaplain, given this weird exchange with a Dominican nun.https://t.co/DSwde7xWjy
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) April 26, 2018
More than 70 Democratic lawmakers have signed a letter demanding answers from Speaker Ryan about his decision to oust the House chaplain. https://t.co/BTnEYHK4Ku
— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 27, 2018
But only one Republican, iconoclast Walter Jones.
The best that can be said of any of them is they’re cowards. https://t.co/1AWB8sCeH9
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) April 27, 2018
One GOP member tells me it feels like the House has devolved into a war between Catholics & Evangelicals. Called the whole thing “stupid”
— Rachael Bade (@rachaelmbade) April 27, 2018
That time when the House Chaplain was critical of the Speaker's financial dealings in his prayers, and the Speaker laughed it off instead of getting his feels hurt and firing him.
(Congressional Record 2/19/64; Reed was speaker 1889-91, and Milburn was chaplain1885-93.) pic.twitter.com/exymgFjNG3
— Charles Louis Richter (@richterscale) April 28, 2018
I remember when @newtgingrich used to go on a rampage against any implied, arguable anti-Catholic bias in public dialogue. Now, we are staring at a proposed ban on Catholic priests serving as House Chaplains. Hello Newt? https://t.co/G1QSw6BHfV
— Ronald Klain (@RonaldKlain) April 27, 2018
Wouldn’t be shocked if Ryan just resigns rather than accept any responsibility for what happened & for fixing the mess RE the House Chaplain.
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) April 27, 2018
Well, it’d give the smarmy bastid an excuse to run away before the midterm battles got really ugly. And it’s not as though he was gonna go with any kind of grace or dignity, regardless.