CHARGES OF ANTI-CATHOLIC BIAS SURFACE AFTER PAUL RYAN FIRES HOUSE CHAPLAIN

CHARGES OF ANTI-CATHOLIC BIAS SURFACE AFTER PAUL RYAN FIRES HOUSE CHAPLAIN

[The CINO Democratic Congressman who are partisanly playing the Catholic card on this issue can get brownie points with their Catholic constituents and Church officials to cover their own real anti-Catholic activities! – AQ Tom]

by Alexander Slavsky  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  April 30, 2018

Fr. Patrick Conroy: ‘how might God be present in homosexual relationships’

WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) – The speaker of the House, who is himself a Catholic, is receiving backlash over his decision to expel a Jesuit priest who endorses homosexuality and gay “marriage.”

Earlier this month, Fr. Patrick Conroy, who served as House chaplain since 2011, was asked by House speaker Paul Ryan to resign over claims the priest failed to meet the “pastoral needs” of a number of Republican congressmen.

“As you have requested, I hereby offer my resignation as the 60th chaplain of the United States House of Representatives,” Fr. Conroy wrote on April 16 to Ryan. He announced that May 24 will be his last as chaplain.

But Thursday, Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC), a Baptist minister, suggested that Conroy’s dismissal could allow for a chaplain from a Protestant background with “adult children, that kind of can connect with the bulk of the body here, Republicans and Democrats, who are going through, back home the wife, the family … that has some counseling experience.” This upset Catholic politicians, including Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY), who voiced his frustration over what he considered anti-Catholic bias since priests take a vow of celibacy.

That would mean that no Catholic priest ever apply again to be a chaplain of the House of Representatives.

“Evidently that would mean that no Catholic priest ever apply again to be a chaplain of the House of Representatives if that’s a standard,” insisted Crowley.

Walker later backtracked his original statement, adding “a priest or pastor over parishioners with families who have situations, those kinds of things. What I mean by that is to make sure they have experience in dealing with family issues.”

Conroy is the second Catholic priest to serve as the House’s chaplain after Fr. Daniel Coughlin was chosen in 2000 after a months-long protest from Catholic congressmen. A bipartisan committee had proposed another Catholic priest the year before while Republican lawmakers recommended a Presbyterian minister. In the end, Coughlin was selected as the first Catholic chaplain.

The dismissed priest claimed the same day in an interview with the New York Times that he was approached by Ryan for a prayer he delivered in November. The prayer was delivered during Congressional sessions on the Republican tax bill, in which he said:

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. 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.

Following his prayer, Conroy recalled Ryan chastising him, saying, “Padre, you just got to stay out of politics.” This culminated in a vote by Democrat Catholics Friday to investigate the firing of the Jesuit priest while Republicans voted against it. The House defeated the resolution, 215–171.

Representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb), a Catholic, praised Conroy for his service in the House, saying, “On a personal level, I know Fr. Conroy well. He’s been very helpful to me. I’ve appreciated his service here. Anybody who is in a role like this has to accommodate the needs of a diverse set of religious traditions, as well as even non-religious traditions.”

But a Youtube video reveals that Conroy is a supporter of homosexuality and gay “marriage.” He begs his listeners to ask the following questions: “how might God be present in the homosexual experience, how might God be present in homosexual relationships, how might the world be gifted by God or gifted by the Holy Spirit with the presence of gays and lesbians in our midst?”

He also blasts the Catechism of the Catholic Church‘s teaching regarding homosexual acts, saying, it’s “self-evident” that “human sexuality isn’t just about” procreation. “It’s about so much more.”

The catechism affirms that homosexual persons must “be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity” and under no circumstances can their actions that are “acts of grave depravity” and are “contrary to the natural law” be approved.

 

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2 comments on “CHARGES OF ANTI-CATHOLIC BIAS SURFACE AFTER PAUL RYAN FIRES HOUSE CHAPLAIN

  1. It would be a more interesting story if the priest in question were actually a Catholic. It appears, however, that he is in fact a modernist heretic who dissents from essential Catholic moral teachings.

    It would make more sense if the chaplaincy were set up on a rotational basis with clergy from different denominations. There does not appear to be a compelling reason for the Church to allow another modernist heretic to embarrass Catholics on such a platform in Washington. It falls to Cardinal Wuerl to discipline the crazy liberal modernist heretics pretending to be Catholic priests in Washington, DC. If the Cardinal were himself a believing and practicing Catholic he would not have needed Paul Ryan to rein in this modernist clown.

  2. True. And then there’s the reality of the “prayers” by Congressional chaplains, Catholic or heathen, that sound like they were cut-and-pasted piffle from a 1960s Unitarian study guide. Ick!
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    If Ryan really wants some excitement he oughta hire a witch doctor from the Dark Continent, feathers-and-chicken-bone necklases and shruken head included, and let him sacrifice a goat before the Congress gets down to business. That alone would quintuple C-SPAN’s ratings in 48 hours.

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