Heaven Beats the House: I Believe the House Chaplain Took the National Day of Prayer Seriously, and After Prayer, Got His Job Back

UNITED STATES – APRIL 11: Rev. Patrick Conroy, Chaplain of the House, attends the 2013 National Days of Remembrance ceremony in the Capitol rotunda to honor the victims of the Holocaust. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Heaven has more power than the House. Rarely does someone turn in their resignation as commanded by the boss–in this case, the Speaker of the House Paul Ryan–and then within a few days of prayer and pressure comes back and says, ‘No, I am not resigning’, and promptly gets his job back. Wow! This humble chaplain calls on Heaven and defeats the House.

According to the LA Times, here’s how it all went down:

Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, forced the Rev. Pat Conroy to tender his resignation last month, sparking a firestorm. Ryan has said he was dissatisfied with Conroy’s pastoral care to lawmakers. But in a statement Thursday, Ryan — himself a Catholic — reversed course. “It is my job as speaker to do what is best for this body, and I know that this body is not well served by a protracted fight over such an important position,” Ryan said. Ryan’s statement came soon after Conroy delivered a two-page letter that said he has never “heard a complaint about my ministry” as House chaplain. Conroy’s resignation sparked an uproar last week when it became known that he was asked to quit. … Catholic lawmakers such as Reps. Gerald Connolly, D-Va., and Peter King, R-N.Y., were particularly upset, especially after a Republican lawmaker, Mark Walker, R-N.C., was quoted in The Hill as saying Conroy’s replacement should have a family — which would rule out Catholic priests — to better serve the needs of lawmakers. Ryan’s retreat came quickly. Congress is on vacation this week but Ryan said he would meet with Conroy early next week “so that we can move forward for the good of the whole House.”

This is an interesting little story with a powerful point. Contrary to what many believe, the state is not more important or more powerful than the Church.

– David Paul