Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan claims to be a Roman Catholic. He did not behave much like one last week when he tried to fire the Reverend Patrick Conroy, a devout Jesuit who is also the Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives. It seems that Ryan objected to a few words in a prayer the chaplain recently offered with regard to the Republican tax cut bill. The chaplain dared to mention that many Americans would still struggle even after passage of the tax cuts. Ryan did not like that.
I suppose not. Ryan is already on record as being a disciple of Russian atheist philosopher Ayn Rand, whose views on those Jesus called the “least of these” were cold, callous, and thoroughly unChrist-like. Ryan may publicly claim the Roman Catholic faith—but after this bumbling little scandal, one has to wonder whether he is really just a “Cultural Roman Catholic” rather than a truly and devoutly “Faithful Roman Catholic.” Get a load of this new article in The San Francisco Chronicle: