House Speaker Paul Ryan under fire, accused of forcing House chaplain to resign

House Speaker Paul Ryan is facing bipartisan criticism, accused of forcing the house chaplain — a priest — to resign.

“I continue to just be aggrieved, outraged and astounded,” U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore said.

The Rev. Patrick Conroy is out after seven years in the post.

Some Democrats suggested Ryan was upset that Conroy got too political during a prayer offered for lawmakers last fall, saying, “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.”

Ryan’s office denied that was the reason; still even some House Republicans are questioning his motives.

“I’ve seen no evidence why he was removed, and to me, it’s such an unprecedented action. To me, it would only be taken if there were very, very serious issues,” U.S. Rep. Pete King said.

Ryan’s office said there will be a bipartisan search effort to find a new chaplain.