Saturday, August 13, 2022

“Twenty percent of U.S. dioceses did not have a priestly ordination last year.“


Without Vocations, There Will Be No Eucharistic Revival

COMMENTARY: Without the priest, there is no Eucharist, and without the Eucharist, there is no Church.

Priests lie prostrate during their ordination by Pope Francis during Mass in St. Peter Basilica on the 56th World Day of Prayer for Vocations on May 12, 2019.
Priests lie prostrate during their ordination by Pope Francis during Mass in St. Peter Basilica on the 56th World Day of Prayer for Vocations on May 12, 2019. (photo: Franco Origlia / Getty Images)

The center of the Eucharistic revival, the three-year initiative of the Church in the United States, is obviously and appropriately the Eucharistic Jesus — the root, center, source and summit of the Christian life. 

But as the Church celebrates on Aug. 4 the patron saint of parish priests, St. John Mary Vianney, it is a fitting time to focus on the indispensable importance of the priest in the Eucharistic life of the Church. Without the priest, there is no Eucharist, and without the Eucharist, there is no Church. 

For the Eucharistic revival to spur the renewal of the Church, there is a need to strengthen the Eucharistic dimension of the priests we have and to pray to the Harvest Master for many more priestly laborers in his vineyard. 

Most Catholics are aware that there is a crisis in priestly vocations, with painful consequences in the life of believers. Twenty percent of U.S. dioceses did not have a priestly ordination last year. Many dioceses are bracing for the retirement and death of priests ordained in the 1970s, who presently represent 50% of their clergy. In the United States, there are 3,500 parishes without a resident priest, and lack of sufficient clergy is causing many Churches to have to close. 

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Friday, August 12, 2022

It is NOT God’s will to forbid the traditional Latin Mass

It is Bergoglio’s will and his alone to penalize, restrict, forbid, and attempt to prevent the holy Mass of the Ages. Period.

It is always against God‘s will to forbid anything sacred handed down through the power of the Holy Spirit in the holy Church. Here we have not only something sacred, but the most sacred gift in the Church, which is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, handed down to us in our tradition from Christ Himself.

Christ Himself comes to us in the Sacrament of His Body and Blood through the holy Mass which He Himself instituted.

God does not contradict himself and, thus, God never has, never will and does not now, forbid the traditional Latin Mass. This is not a holy act; it is the will of man and contrary to the will of God.

Our Lord is the source of unity, and our Lord comes to us through the holy Mass, thus the Mass is never a source of disunity.

My latest column: “The Freedom to Be Catholic”


The Freedom To Be Catholic

August 11, 2022


News of my parish’s imminent demise in the wake of the death-dealing Traditionis custodes has spread through the Internet and at least one Catholic video news source of the independent sort. Many of the so-called “official” sources like to pretend we don’t exist.
One news outlet used a video of mine about a transgender children’s story hour a few years back and didn’t bother to credit me by name. That’s how much some forces in the Church like to avoid the uncomfortable truth that we exist.

They’re all noticing us now. A prominent priest associated with directing the plans for providing the TLM at three new locations in the archdiocese admitted that “most” of the people attending the new authorized southern Maryland TLM will be coming from my parish. So far no word on how they will continue financial support of my parish after they are no longer attending weekly Sunday Mass here.

Yes, for some the truth that we exist may be uncomfortable, but exist we soon may no longer. Our viability is jeopardized in the wake of new restrictions by the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., stripping our parish of the Traditional Latin Mass.

After the edict goes into effect on September 21, we will be down to 20 or 30 people at one Sunday Mass who give $400-600 per week. That for a budget as high as $15,000 a month.

“Catholic” is not about thought control. It is not about avoiding uncomfortable truths. No: It is about freedom. “For freedom Christ has set us free.” Freedom of thought, freedom of action for the Lord who is Truth is the identifying characteristic of a Catholic. Even the world recognizes this long after some self-professed Catholics have forgotten it.

Why else do pro-aborts Pelosi and Biden receive Holy Communion while on camera at Mass, as Satanists and pro-abortion terrorists attack and burn churches, desecrating tabernacles and the Blessed Sacrament, the Real Presence of Truth Himself? Even those who are evil still recognize that the Church teaches the truth about the sacredness of human life in the womb.

No, “Catholic” is not about “comfort.” Quite the opposite. It is about the Cross. In these days of episcopal persecution my preaching about the Cross and the love of the Lord who invites us to share in His martyrdom has never been more relevant or compelling. The apostles considered themselves blessed for having been found worthy of suffering “for the sake of the Name” of the Lord Jesus. We should, of course, do no less.

There is one tradition upon which we can and surely will depend: persecution of the faith in every age has resulted in a new flowering of it. “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.”
Bishops are custodians first of souls, and of traditions only after that for the sake of souls. “Custodians of tradition,” the name of Pope Francis’ document targeting Catholics who prefer the TLM, sounds more like antique restorers employed by a museum. I’m pretty sure the Pope would insist he doesn’t see himself as such.

I’d like to see the Holy Father, with his immense compassion for people, publish something called Custodes animae. I won’t hold my breath, however. The Church exists for the salvation of souls. Traditions in the Church exist for the sake of the care of souls. Take those away and the Church becomes irrelevant, the very museum piece which the Pope often decries.

Benedict XVI breathed the freedom of the Spirit back into the Church with Summorum Pontificum, the most significant papal initiative since Vatican II. Finally, a Pope decided to take a break from the stream of seemingly endless papal documents spinning Vatican II, and suggested we just do what the Church has always done. In other words, an “experiment” with Tradition, as suggested by one holy archbishop in the period after Vatican II when the Church was drowning spiritually among experiments with everything else but.

The papacy and the episcopacy are not experiments. They are of divine origin, revealed and instituted by Our Lord Himself. We who love Tradition do not pick and choose: We accept and hold these and all that is thus handed down. That is why traditions are Catholic, and the Catholic faith is tradition.

The Pope doesn’t seem to want traditional Catholics in his parishes any more. We, however, need the Pope, whether he thinks he needs us or not. We need him, and our bishop, because we are Catholic in the traditional sense. We revere and honor Christ and all He ordained for the Church and her life.

Phil Lawler in “The Backward Logic of Traditionis Custodes,” writes:
“Insofar as Traditionis Custodes provides any explanation for its open hostility toward Catholic traditionalists, that explanation lies in the claim that traditionalist communities have caused divisions within the Church. Therefore, Pope Francis suggests (and the Congregation for Divine Worship even more sternly insists) traditionalism must be suppressed.

“That logic is backward. It was not the traditionalist movement — much less the Traditional liturgy — that exacerbated divisions within Catholicism. It was the current Vatican leadership — the very leadership that is now looking for a scapegoat to blame.”

Those who pull their finger from the dam, in a continual revolution for the new, sweep themselves away with everyone else in the ensuing flood. This is the existential danger that Pope Francis risks as he pulls away one stone after another.

Undermining the Church beginning with her traditions is neither the “spirit” nor the letter of Vatican II. To presume the fathers of Vatican II would bless a denial of the will of Christ for our salvation is the height of absurdity.

What is most contradictory about Pope Francis is that his attacks on tradition, “restorationists” and “backwardism,” are an attack upon the very foundation on which he and his words stand. As with a keystone, take it away and the whole edifice falls.

Thus are the elements of tradition carefully constructed, interdependently and rationally interwoven through trial and error, truth versus falsehood, over millennia.

The freedom to be Catholic is freedom for all the truth: “I give you the Holy Spirit to lead you into all the truth.” That is the work of the Holy Spirit in every age. Take that away and the Church becomes either an oppressor or an “altar boy” to those who oppress. More ominous still, the Lord teaches that the only unforgivable sin is that against the Holy Spirit.

Thank you for reading and praised be Jesus Christ, now and forever.

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Anymore to be in the Catholic “Church” you cannot be Catholic

Another attack from the official “Church” coming against the deposit of faith and settled moral teaching? Piece by piece they will remove all right so that nothing “wrong” is left. Here’s what’s next:

The Mass of all time, the saints of all time, the true teachings of all time are Catholic and will always be Catholic. And those who hold to them will always be the Church.

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Holy Father: Who, in fact, is the rigid one?

Rigidity: Behave Like Men Not Like Amoebas

The Buenos Aires historian Antonio Caponnetto, 70, wrote on (August 1) a Praise of Rigidity. Highlights.

• Francis suffers from an obsessive ideological fixation on rigidity.

• He cries out against “rigidity” but is the cruel head of a structure of stiffening, punishing and harshness against those he considers his contradictors.

• Francis’ rigidity is the self-righteous rigidity of the traitor of Christ and is directed against Catholics whom he never misses an opportunity to demean.

• The dictionary tells us that rigidity is the capacity of a body to resist bending under the action of external forces acting on its surface. Accordingly , therefore there is a holy rigidity practised by the saints and martyrs who didn’t bend before lies and confusion.

• There is a virtuous rigidity and a vicious rigidity.

• “A slap in the face can be the fruit of charity and a caress an invitation to sin" (Saint Augustine). Francis’ flexibility, appeasement, tenderness, syncretism, are such caresses.

• Asking Francis for a paternal, pontifical, pastoral, or charitable attitude, is like sending Christmas greetings to Herod, wishing happy Easter to Judas, or asking Caiaphas to prostrate himself before Calvary.

• Francis can give Catholics only the rigidity of the Synagogue, the inflexibility of Masonic sentences, and the vengeance of the Sanhedrin.

• Christ used the gall hand of his rigour and the sugar hand of his mercy to teach us to behave like men, not like amoebas.

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Saturday, August 6, 2022

"Good v Evil 4/4: Evil loses; consumes itself; digs a pit, and falls into it“

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In Transfiguratione Domini Nostri Jesu Christi

The Transfiguration by Raphael, c. 1520

On the Transfiguration 
The Lord taketh chosen witnesses, and in their presence, revealeth His glory. That form of body which He had in common with other men, He so transfigured with light, that His Face did shine as the sun, and His raiment became exceeding white as snow. Of this metamorphosis the chief work was to remove from the hearts of the disciples the stumbling at the Cross. Before their eyes was unveiled the splendour of His hidden majesty, that the lowliness of His freely-chosen suffering might not confound their faith. But none the less was there here laid by the Providence of God a solid foundation for the hope of the Holy Church, whereby the whole body of Christ should know with what a change it is yet to be honoured. The members of that body whose Head hath already been transfigured in light may promise themselves a share in His glory.

 From the Sermons of Pope St. Leo (the Great)

Breaking News: Lawmakers in Indiana passed a near-total abortion ban. It’s the first state to approve sweeping new limits since Roe v. Wade was struck down.

Friday, August 5, 2022

Majority of US dioceses left TLMs in place following Pope’s restrictions

From the news item at link following:

“One online tracker,  calculates that out of 98 U.S. dioceses that have responded, only three have suppressed the TLM; 23 have issued restrictions of some kind, and 72 have chosen thus far to leave it in place.”



Please pray for Mary Belton

I have received grave news regarding the advance of cancer throughout her body. Mary and her family were good friends of our parish and she generously sang schola propers for our high Masses during a period when we were rebuilding the Tradition here.

A friend reports Mary is struggling “with pain as her IBC cancer has metastasized everywhere, much pain in her back. She last week was on codeine 4 times daily. She asked for prayers Wednesday evening as she planned to go into the hospital Thursday morning for pain management and a bladder treatment.” She is under hospice care and pain management 

Please include her in your prayer of the rosary or offer a first Friday sacrifice for her. May her share in the Lord’s cross bring many graces for her salvation, the Church and a world in great need.

Thursday, August 4, 2022

The cruelty of Roboam

5 And when the people was gone,

6 King Roboam took counsel with the old men, that stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, and he said: What counsel do you give me, that I may answer this people?
7 They said to him: If thou wilt yield to this people today, and condescend to them, and grant their petition, and wilt speak gentle words to them, they will be thy servants always.
8 But he left the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men, that had been brought up with him, and stood before him.
13 And the king answered the people roughly, leaving the counsel of the old men, which they had given him,
14 And he spoke to them according to the counsel of the young men, saying: My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to your yoke: my father beat you with whips, but I will beat you with scorpions.
15 And the king condescended not to the people: for the Lord was turned away from him, to make good his word, which he had spoken in the hand of Ahias the Silonite, to Jeroboam the son of Nabat.
16 Then the people seeing that the king would not hearken to them, answered him, saying: What portion have we in David? or what inheritance in the son of Isai? Go home to thy dwellings, O Israel, now David look to thy own house. So Israel departed to their dwellings.

1 Kgs 12: 5-8, 13-16 

My latest column: “The Death of a Parish”

Saint Francis de Sales in Benedict, Maryland 

As of September 21st Catholics in the Archdiocese of Washington who prefer the traditional Latin Mass (TLM) will be herded like prisoners of war into three officially designated camps, like native Americans onto a federal reservation. This while Pope Francis parades through Canada on an official apology tour for the Church’s role in doing the very same thing to the children of indigenous peoples in the residential schools.

One of these is a crime and the other a necessity for the spiritual good of those who just don’t know any better. The only thing they have in common is that both, by different means, reject the historic Catholic faith of all time. For the offense of choosing the wrong kind of worship these recalcitrant miscreants must feel the pain of their poor decision-making. They may no longer worship in their own parish church.

Soon the TLM recusants will needs must shoehorn themselves in, before or after the existing schedule of the hosting mission church, fifty or more cars into a tiny front-yard lot. This with time for the frequent and numerous Confessions which take place prior to the Mass, one of many Catholic identifiers so often missing among those of the novus ordo and yet conveniently overlooked in this group. That along with universal belief in the true and real presence of Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist.

During the time in which they are permitted to pray this ancient, officially despised and disapproved form of worship they will be closely supervised. Their free choice of the non-official, non-sanctioned, non-1960’s “banal, on the spot product” places them among a suspect class of non-conformist untouchables. They must be accompanied back into modern times and contemporary worship for their own good.

As in the dialog between Norfolk and Thomas More in the classic film “A Man for All Seasons”, they must reject the dictates of conscience and, instead, go along with the crowd, “for fellowship’s sake”.

Just another day rich in irony in the Church of mercy which seeks people on the margins, accompanies those who are abandoned; a Church that is “against no one”, as Pope Francis described pastoral Christian care during his recent Canada tour.

Catholics who don’t hew to the official program of mind control which views 2,000 years through the exclusive lens of one pastoral council, which occurred over a period of a few years in the 1960’s, must be monitored closely and accompanied into the true Church as envisioned by prelates promoting LGBTQ+, transgender ideology and Communion for adulterers, just for starters.

The new and improved Catholic must be ready upon order, at any moment, to reject anything once considered a settled matter of faith and morals. Or else.

The traditional Latin Mass is both symbol and substance of settled orthodoxy, the means by which we pray as we believe. For these and more reasons it must go. The fact that it is beautiful, and with a priceless patrimony of world-class music in chant and polyphony, only adds to the offense for those for whom constant Synodality-driven change is the only objective.

The Church is actively engaged in an officially sanctioned program of ecclesial suicide beginning with the death of a parish, a living cell of the Body of Christ. So much for “pastoral, not ideological”.

Our people have been invited to attend TLM Mass most Sundays of the year, excluding Christmas when occurring on a Sunday, Easter and Pentecost, in a smaller church about 15 minutes away from our TLM parish in Benedict, Maryland. All three current Sunday TLM southern Maryland communities, perhaps 300 people, will be asked to crowd into a mission church with seating for about half that number.

Along with limited seating capacity, finances and viability issues do not appear to have carried any weight in a decision-making process which did not include any discussions with me as a pastor of a thriving and growing TLM parish.

As a result of being declared off limits for offering the TLM, my parish will be down to 20, perhaps 30, people per Sunday with a weekly collection as low as $400 for a monthly budget of as much as $15,000.

It is unjust to ask Catholics to waste their hard earned money by throwing it uselessly into a non-sustainable budget. That is the position forced on the novus ordo Catholics in my parish family as a result of the TLM guidelines. The parish will no longer be financially viable. The reckless and destructive urge to sweep a culture off the face of the earth comes with a human and spiritual toll.

The collateral damage will impact everyone in parish life, punishing those who do not attend the TLM as well as those who do, which was the intent of the pope’s document imposing the officially sanctioned status of undesirable on those who embrace the rich and full tradition of the Church.

Our parish just recently completed a project of interior church renovation and decoration with a price tag of over a quarter million dollars. The very people who did the work of beautifying our sacred space cannot now use it for the primary reason for their efforts: giving the Lord the greatest glory through the offering of our spiritual patrimony in the traditional Latin Mass.

This is just one of many injustices that have been brought about through the ill-considered, draconian and sweeping edicts of those in power who are enacting what can only be described as revenge against the Catholic Faith.

No one can claim to love the Church while viewing her with a myopic lens. The very word Catholic means “all”, it is the opposite of exclusive. To be Catholic, to love as a Catholic, means to exclude no truth, no good, no beauty that belongs to the Church as she makes her pilgrimage through time in this world.

If there is one thing which is irreducibly and irrevocably Catholic it is the official prayer, revealed by Our Lord, handed down under obedience by His Apostles, sanctified by the Holy Spirit through the ages and offered at one time everywhere by everyone. Only one liturgy meets this definition: the traditional Latin Mass.

For this reason the ancient form of the Mass is therefore part and parcel now and always of the Faith Catholic. Because this is so no man, pope or lay, may alienate the faithful, by any means, from this most sacred ritual. There is no power on this earth which can violate the Divine Will manifest in this or any other form of revelation.

The new Mass, by contrast, has never been accepted by everyone in the Church, beset as it has been from the beginning by controversy, bringing with it rampant abuses, scandal, sacrilege and loss of faith. The only constant by which it can be measured is a continuing decline in attendance.

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

This is where they’re taking you. Are you sure you’re along for the “ride”?


Homosex: US Archbishop Wants Baptism Without Faith

The homosexualist John Wester, 71, Archbishop of Santa Fe, New Mexico, writes on homosexual outlet (31 July) that [surrogate or adopted] children of homosexuals should be baptised even though they are raised in homosex ideology and not in the Christian faith.

Putting faith aside, Wester describes the church's attitude as "hospitality", "openness" and "welcome" - which would be a fitting description for a pleasure house. Not turning the church into such an institution and not baptising regardless of faith would not be "open-minded" and even "disturbing" for him.

Wester's trick works as follows. First he caricatures marriage as "the ideal family" [which it never was and never will be]. Then he uses this unrealistic ideal to solicit understanding for dysfunctional families and divorce, forgetting his "ideal family".

He knows that homosexual unions are denied baptism because they cannot raise their child in the Catholic faith. On the one hand, he does not agree with this explanation, on the other hand, he admits that homosexual concubinates "cannot live up to the understanding of marriage intended by God" [but by the devil?].

His solution: he insists on the child's baptism and not on the parents' willingness to follow "all" the Church's teachings on marriage. It escapes him that sacraments without faith are a form of superstition.

Monday, August 1, 2022

T minus 51



Saint Pius X: “… the greatest strength of evil men is the cowardice and weakness of those who are good”

 Difficulties come from those who create and exaggerate them, from those who trust in themselves without the help of Heaven, from those who give in vilely, fearful of the mocking and derision of the world. From this it must be concluded, that in our days more than ever the greatest strength of evil men is the cowardice and weakness of those who are good, and all the backbone of the kingdom of Satan lies in the weakness of Christians

Oh! if I were allowed, as the prophet Zechariah did in spirit, to ask the divine Redeemer: What are these wounds are in the middle of your hands: quid sunt plagae istae in medio manuum Tuarum? The answer would not be doubtful: 'These have been given to Me in the house of those who loved me: his plagatus sum in medio eorum qui diligebant Me. I was wounded by my friends, who have done nothing to defend Me and who in every meeting have become the accomplices of my adversaries

And this reproach, which can be leveled at the infamous and fearful Christians of all countries, one cannot exempt many Christians of France.  

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Letter of Saint Athanasius to his flock

 “May God console you! … What saddens you … is the fact that others have occupied the churches by violence, while during this time you are on the outside. It is a fact that they have the premises – but you have the Apostolic Faith. They can occupy our churches, but they are outside the true Faith. You remain outside the places of worship, but the Faith dwells within you. Let us consider: what is more important, the place or the Faith? The true Faith, obviously. Who has lost and who has won in the struggle – the one who keeps the premises or the one who keeps the Faith? True, the premises are good when the Apostolic Faith is preached there; they are holy if everything takes place there in a holy way … 

“You are the ones who are happy; you who remain within the Church by your Faith, who hold firmly to the foundations of the Faith which has come down to you from Apostolic Tradition. And if an execrable jealousy has tried to shake it on a number of occasions, it has not succeeded. They are the ones who have broken away from it in the present crisis. No one, ever, will prevail against your Faith, beloved Brothers. And we believe that God will give us our churches back some day.

“Thus, the more violently they try to occupy the places of worship, the more they separate themselves from the Church. They claim that they represent the Church; but in reality, they are the ones who are expelling themselves from it and going astray. Even if Catholics faithful to Tradition are reduced to a handful, they are the ones who are the true Church of Jesus Christ.”

(Letter of St. Athanasius to his Flock)

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Saturday, July 30, 2022

UPDATE*: Southern Maryland parish forbidden to offer traditional Latin Mass after investing in quarter million dollar renovation and decoration for the purpose

UPDATE: As a consequence of the cardinal’s decision forcing 90% of my parishioners to go elsewhere for holy Mass after September 21, my parish will be down to 20 or 30 parishioners a week with offertory of $400-600 a week for a monthly budget of up to $15,000. The parish will of course no longer be viable with an unsustainable budget placing it on a glidepath to eventual closure. My bookkeeper estimates we have enough in our bank account to keep us open for one year. More details will be available in my upcoming article in The Wanderer Catholic Newspaper this week.

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Nightmare and heartbreak.

Parishioners of Saint Francis de Sales in Benedict, Maryland, devoted to the Church’s traditional worship, installed a new pine floor, painted altars and gradines, hung chandeliers and lamps, and painted a monumental mural. And more. After an extensive professional renovation and painting of the church’s entire 100-year-old plaster interior walls and ceiling. 

All to give honor and glory to God for the salvation of souls through the most beautiful prayer of the traditional Latin Mass.

By means of draconian cruelty they have been officially forbidden to pray as they desire according to their Catholic patrimony in their own church. This compliments of the hierarchy that boasts of mercy, Synodality, compassion, seeking the margins, listening, accepting everyone, rejecting no one, diversity.

The parish offers a complete weekly schedule of traditional Masses with the exception of one novus ordo liturgy each Sunday so that no one feels excluded or marginalized.

* (As he often does, Father Z copied and pasted this entire blog post onto his blog so, for those who did the favor of clicking through to read my blog post on my blog, I’m providing here some updated information.)

Friday, July 29, 2022

My latest column: “On Choosing the Good News”

On Choosing The Good News

July 28, 2022


I’ve taken to walking for exercise at night to avoid the intense and damaging rays of the summer sun lately. On my outings, I typically see very few others outside also taking advantage of the clement evening weather. Perhaps one or two individuals at most. Often I find myself somewhat eerily alone. There are many good ways to spend free time, but I believe research would bear out my thesis that many spend a large portion of their day away from work in front of screens.

There will always be bad news. Thanks to our ever-present devices and Internet we can treat ourselves to a steady stream of negativity all day long every day. That is one way of using connectivity. There will always be somebody else, someplace else, more beautiful, exotic, or interesting than where we find ourselves at any given moment. There will always be someone younger, better looking, richer, or seemingly happier than we think ourselves to be. The images, voices, and other data available on the Internet merely confirm this to be true.

What the Internet cannot ever replicate is our own lives in which we encounter the irreplaceable beauty of immediacy, unfiltered and real. Replacing the real with a substitute comes at a cost. Everything we do mentally or spiritually, just as with what we eat or drink, has a result positive or negative. Ulterior motives inform the choices of those who select the content we see on screens.

Whether to sell something to us or get us to do something like vote for a particular person or get a vaccine, or to make us fearful, there are a variety of reasons for the things offered. Very few of them may have anything to do with what we really need at any given moment. We are often manipulated by those who choose digital content.

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