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Sister Simone Campbell, the Catholic nun who spoke to a sold-out crowd of more than 200 people here in February, is not backing off her criticism of Janesville Congressman Paul Ryan and his fiscal ideas.

In a statement, Campbell denounced Ryan’s latest federal budget plan as creating “untenable situations for those struggling to survive.”

At a Washington, D.C., rally Wednesday, she said it was “immoral to cut government-supported programs that address human suffering” while continuing to “pour billions of dollars into corporations.”

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Campbell, who spearheaded the “Nuns on the Bus” tour last summer that swung through Wisconsin, has become a persistent Ryan critic.

Ryan attended Catholic school as a youth in Janesville and attends a Catholic parish there with his family. He has cited Catholic social teaching as shaping his budget plans.

Madison Catholic Bishop Robert Morlino, whose diocese includes Janesville, has defended Ryan. While people of faith can disagree on the particulars of Ryan’s budget proposal, Ryan is “an excellent Catholic layman of the very highest integrity,” Morlino has said.

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