The chaplain himself had suggested in an interview with The New York Times last week that he may have been ousted because of a prayer he delivered on the House floor last November about the GOP tax bill. Ryan this week dismissed the claim that his decision had anything to do with politics.
“Father Conroy is a good man and I am grateful for his many years of service to the House. This had nothing to do — this is not about politics or prayers, it was about pastoral services,” Ryan said then. “A number of our members felt like the pastoral services were not being adequately served or offered.”