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Jesuit sworn in as House chaplain

Catholic World News - May 26, 2011

Father Patrick Conroy has been sworn in as the new chaplain of the House of Representatives.

“Father Pat Conroy comes with a healthy respect for what we do,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. “It is a beautiful honor steeped in history--deeply personal, free of politics--and we wish him every success in that job.”

Pelosi had temporarily withdrawn her original support for the nomination amid concerns about the Society of Jesus’ Oregon Province, of which Father Conroy is a member. The province has been party to a major recent sex-abuse settlement; Father Conroy has never been accused of abuse or covering up abuse.

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