Religion: Catholics & Negroes

No major Christian group in the U.S. has taken so strong and consistent a stand against racial discrimination as the Roman Catholic Church. Yet, as the battle grows hotter, militant partisans of integration are troubled by signs that the Catholic position may be weakening. Speaking to the first National Catholic Conference for Interracial Justice at Chicago's Loyola University last week, Chicago's Auxiliary Bishop Raymond P. Hillinger said flatly that those who fail to accept the church's stand for full racial equality "simply are not Catholic, and there are no two ways about it." But the 400 delegates found many a straw...

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