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Mocking the race card -- or not?


Is it mocking to talk about the white riots at Huntington Beach in California at the conclusion of a surfing competition? Or to note that 84 percent of white murder victims are killed by other white people? Take a look here to see this discussion of the stark truth about white culture. One of the participants admits -- or brags -- that his best friends and his mother are white.

What Pope Francis really meant with 'Who am I to judge?'


What Pope Francis really meant

There's been a lot of discussion in the secular media about what Pope Francis really meant when he said, "Who am I to judge?" Some (including Chicago Cardinal Francis George) insist the statement changes nothing; some believe the words mark an epochal opening up of the church's approach to gay issues; still others see the pope's words as a betrayal of official church teaching.

We are not dumb sheep, and Pope Francis sees that


The problem with some shepherds is that they think we are dumb sheep. Dumb sheep need to be protected from open dialogue on questions that are already percolating around the flock.

Dumb sheep need to mistrust their own conscience, for only the shepherds have full knowledge and understanding of the truth.

Dumb sheep need to be told whom to vote for and whom to listen to.

Dumb sheep need to be told whom to love and how to love them.

Simone Campbell tells Paul Ryan to fund aid programs


Failure of the U.S. Congress to pass funding for nutritional aid programs for those facing poverty is "wrong morally," a key Catholic sister told the House's Budget Committee Wednesday.

Social Service Sr. Simone Campbell, head of the Catholic lobbying group NETWORK, was one of four panelists who testified before the committee during a session dedicated to "The War on Poverty: A Progress Report."

Which stories were NCR's most read in July?


Here's a rundown of the most-read stories on for the month of July. The list is compiled with the help of Google Analytics. Miss any of these stories? Now's the time to get caught up.

5. Pot still boils in Rome while Francis is away by John L. Allen Jr., published July 26. Although he was with Pope Francis in Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day, Allen had plenty to say about what Pope Francis would face when he returned home.


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