Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Dec. 3, 2018 / 4:47 PM GMT / Updated 1:53 AM GMT By Rebecca Shabad WASHINGTON — Former President George H.W. Bush was honored in a brief ceremony at the U.S. Capitol Monday afternoon shortly after his casket arrived in Washington aboard "Special Air Mission 41," a presidential aircraft temporarily renamed in honor of the 41st president. The former president, who died Friday at 94, will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda until Wednesday. His casket was placed "beneath paintings that tell the story of our land and liberty ... flanked by statues of his fellow champions," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said in remarks in the brief ceremony there Monday afternoon, calling Bush "a steady hand staying the course" over his decades in public service. Former President George W. Bush, the late president's son, became … [Read more...] about President George H.W. Bush lies in state at Capitol
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Washington is asking why U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan recently fired Patrick Conroy, the Roman Catholic Jesuit priest who had been serving as House chaplain since 2011.The logical inference is Ryan fired him as payback for Conroy beseeching God, in his opening prayer on a key legislative day last November, that there not be “winners and losers under new tax laws, but benefits balanced and shared by all Americans.”Balanced benefits? When the GOP tax bill Ryan was shepherding was designed to give more than 80 percent of the benefits to the top 1 percent of earners? Heresy!Conroy has claimed that Ryan later pulled him aside and said “Padre, you just got to stay out of politics.”“This was not about politics or prayers,” Ryan countered during an appearance Monday at the Midwest Conservative Summit in Milwaukee. “It was about pastoral services. And a number of our members felt like the pastoral services were not being adequately served, or … [Read more...] about Why fire one congressional chaplain when we can fire them all?
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Wendy Cadge, Brandeis University and Laura R. Olson, Clemson University (THE CONVERSATION) Last week, news reports emerged that House Speaker Paul Ryan had forced Father Patrick Conroy, a Jesuit priest and longtime House chaplain, to resign over what many, including Conroy,have claimed is about the content of his prayer. Speaker Ryan has disputed this account, saying that some members simply wanted a different chaplain to better serve their “pastoral needs.” We are scholars of religion and American politics who, with Brandeis Ph.D. candidate Margaret Clendenen Minkin, have written about the history and work of congressional chaplains. The present controversy offers a unique opportunity to ask broader questions about why the U.S. Congress employs chaplains and what they do. The American tradition of legislative prayer dates to 1774, when Jacob Duché, … [Read more...] about How does Congress have chaplains without violating the separation of church and state?
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Acts of Faith by Sarah Pulliam Bailey by Sarah Pulliam Bailey Email the author April 28 at 7:38 AM Email the author The Rev. Patrick J. Conroy, chaplain of the House of Representatives, delivered an interfaith message on the steps of the Capitol for the victims of the mass shooting at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando in 2016. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP) House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) dismissed the Rev. Patrick J. Conroy this month as chaplain of the chamber, a decision that has ignited a fierce faith and politics debate over the role of a chaplain in a government space. At a closed-door meeting of House Republicans on Friday … [Read more...] about Paul Ryan dismissed the House chaplain. Wait, why does Congress even have a chaplain?