I never heard that from anyone.
Although Conroy has been hesitant to speak publicly about the ouster, in a private email to a friend, obtained by Politico, the chaplain stated that he had never meant to resign, and that "members of both parties" were upset about his departure. Conroy was told he was being asked to resign but not told why.
"A staffer came down and said, 'We are upset with this prayer; you are getting too political, '" Father Conroy told the reporter.
However, in his resignation letter, Conroy noted that he was stepping down "as you have requested" and has since made clear that he had no interest in leaving Capitol Hill.
The speaker denies that politics played any role in his request for Conroy's resignation.
"The speaker told Leader Pelosi that he would not move forward with the decision if she objected and she chose not to". In an interview, Father Conroy was categorical: His departure was not voluntary.
Members of Congress elect chaplains based on the person, not the denomination.
A congressional aide for Mr. Ryan said he wasn't ousted over any specific prayer. We never see him. "We'd like to have a more active Priest/Pastor". He offered his resignation last week at Ryan's urging.
But it seems likelier that junior congressmen in Ryan's party, of which he is supposed to be the leader, forced the speaker to punish the priest. Democrat Gerry Connolly of Virginia said several members took it personally. "What they thought I was talking about was somebody that had to be married - not at all". "He has always been positively interactive with me". "I know there were multiple members who did".
Denominations previously represented by the House chaplaincy include Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist, Unitarian, Congregationalist, Episcopalian, Disciples of Christ, Christian and Lutheran, according to a House historial website.
"I think he is a great priest", he said.
Sister Simone Campbell, a Sister of Social Service and executive director of Network, a Catholic social justice lobbying organization, in a message posted via Twitter, said she was "outraged".
"This forced resignation has compromised the dignity of the House of Representatives by politicizing the office of the House Chaplain", Crowley said. It was eventually voted down by the House.
While Ryan has the support of most of the chamber's Republicans, many Democrats are upset and say politics may be behind Conroy's fate.
Members of both parties are demanding answers. A spokeswoman for Ryan said that Pelosi was passive when she first heard the decision. The idea that some members felt as though they were not "being ministered to" raised questions of whether it was Conroy's Catholic faith that caused the tension.
"It is truly sad that he made this decision, and it is especially bewildering that he did so only a matter of months before the end of his term", Pelosi said. "That is what I have tried to do for seven years".
House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley called Mr Ryan's actions "reprehensible", and accused him of "pandering to anti-Catholic sentiment" from Republicans.
But Ryan's office won't say why Conroy was asked to resign and he hasn't told rank-and-file Democrats why. He sent an underling to fire the respected Jesuit priest.
WALTER JONES: Oh, yeah, I spoke to him yesterday on the floor.