- Jan 19, 2020
A Catholic chaplain at a university in Glasgow has been removed after he held a prayer service in his parish “in reparation” after the annual gay pride parade in the city.
House Speaker Paul Ryan met Tuesday with the House chaplain he ousted last month, then reinstated after the chaplain complained a Ryan aide told him it might be time to put a non-Catholic in the job.
Discussing his position as chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives, Jesuit Father Patrick J. Conroy says, “The Jesuits didn’t come looking for this job, for this position, but it was a natural. It’s in our DNA, and sure, if having a Jesuit would be of assistance to the men and women of Congress and the work that they’re doing, by all means.”
Father Alberto Gaton, a chaplain of a Spanish ship that combats human trafficking by rescuing people in the Mediterranean Sea, seeks to make a difference in the crisis hitting the European coast. In the span of almost 5 months, Gaton and his team have managed to rescue more than 3,000 people.
Catholic chaplains in America who work at the intersection of police forces and minority communities are struggling to deal with a violent summer, saying that when they listen to people on the ground, what they’re hearing is “sadness, pain, fear.”