"During Father Conroy's entire service, I've never received a complaint from our members about him pastoring to the needs of the House", she said Friday.
Another Republican member, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said Ryan said he's gotten feedback from numerous members over the previous year or so that they'd like a more active spiritual adviser who is more engaged with members and more approachable.
When asked what reasons Ryan gave in the caucus meeting for why the chaplain was sacked, GOP Rep. Doug Lamborn was at a total loss for words. The aide also said Pelosi, who is also Catholic, made it clear to Ryan that she disagreed with his decision.
GJELTEN: Conroy's assistant in the House told NPR he is not commenting, but the chaplain was quoted today in The New York Times saying that Speaker Ryan had told him, quote, "Padre, you just got to stay out of politics".
Speaker Paul Ryan ousted the House chaplain in April.
Jesuits close to Conroy told CNN that Ryan's office asked Conroy to come by the speaker's office around the Easter recess.
Democrats believe Ryan fired Conroy "because Republicans thought he was aligned with Democrats".
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"Paul Ryan sent his chief of staff down to the chaplain's office and said, 'The speaker wants your resignation or obviously, you'll be dismissed'". Paul Ryan is a lying, hypocritical piece of crap, and I can not wait until the day that he is no longer the Speaker of the House and a member of the House of Representatives. This speculation was further cemented on Thursday when Rep. Mark Walker, who is himself a Southern Baptist minister and is heading the search committee that will determine Conroy's replacement, stated his belief that the next House Chaplain should have a family, which would disqualify Catholic priests and nuns from serving in the role. In an interview, Father Conroy was categorical: His departure was not voluntary.
Although Ryan also is Roman Catholic, he diverges from Vatican doctrine when it comes to aiding the poor, the sick, and the other powerless groups to whom Jesus devoted his ministry, as recounted in the New Testament.
Coughlin served until 2011, when John Boehner, R-Ohio, then the speaker, chose Conroy to succeed him. "Catholic members on both sides are furious".
Among those who have signed on is Republican Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina. "The Speaker attempted to give Father Conroy a gracious and dignified exit, but as is frequently the case in Washington, much ado is being made about nothing".
Firing the House chaplain makes Ryan look weak and vindictive.
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, a Democrat from NY, tweeted that Conroy's ouster is a "shameful anti-Catholic move motivated by conservative extremists in Congress".
The House rejected the proposal 215-171, in part because the resolution used partisan language and referred to the tax law as the "GOP tax scam".
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".