Outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan claims to be a devout Catholic. The Republican Party wraps itself in religion when it comes to abortion, gay rights and shoving religion into government – just as long as it fits their agenda.
Apparently, if you’re a Catholic priest serving as the chaplain in the House of Representatives, and you try to act like a real Christian, you’ll be forced out. After all, this is the party that nominated Donald Trump, the most un-Christian candidate in 2016.
This appears to be the case for House chaplain Father Conroy, who was asked to resign his post by Speaker Paul Ryan.
Though Father Conroy said he did not know whether politics were behind his departure, he pointed to a prayer he had given on the House floor in November, when Congress was debating tax overhaul legislation.
“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,” he prayed. “May their efforts these days guarantee that there are not winners and losers under new tax laws, but benefits balanced and shared by all Americans.”
About a week later, Father Conroy said, he heard from the speaker’s office. “A staffer came down and said, We are upset with this prayer; you are getting too political,” he said. “It suggests to me that there are members who have talked to him about being upset with that prayer.”
Shortly after, when he saw Mr. Ryan himself, Father Conroy said that the speaker told him, “Padre, you just got to stay out of politics.” (New York Times)
American Catholics tend to be in one of three camps. One is far-right, one is progressive left, and a few remain in the apathetic center. In 2016, white Catholics went solidly for Trump, despite the fact that his personal scandals collided with every tenant of their teachings.
It’s no wonder then that Paul Ryan and the Republican Party would force out someone who espoused Christian beliefs. Because the GOP is the party of Mammon.