House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) forced out Father Patrick J. Conroy, a Catholic priest, as House chaplain in April. Critics say Conroy was fired for being too political. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Regarding the April 28 news article “Lawmakers demand answers in House chaplain’s exit”:

It appears that House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), though he is Catholic, is following in the footsteps of the Trump evangelical Christians. If Mr. Ryan asked the chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives to step aside for political reasons, it is just one more step toward the destruction of public decency and basic civility. As a nation, where is our moral compass?

Claire O'Dwyer Randall, Springfield

The real scandal isn’t why House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) fired the in-house chaplain; it’s why we taxpayers are forking out hundreds of thousands of dollars a year for a chaplain’s office to soothe the troubled souls of members of Congress.

How about they instead pick up the phone and call their own spiritual advisers or catch a cab for a face-to-face with one of the hundreds of religious leaders in the D.C. area? As for the day’s opening prayer on the House and Senate floors, what about a (free) minute of silence for private reflection?

Maz Rauber, Silver Spring