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Hispanic Immigration in the NE

posted by awelborn

Another article on the growing Hispanic immigrant presence in supposedly surprising places, this this time in the NE US Meanwhile, in New York’s Finger Lakes region, "there are tensions between Mexican immigrants and the Puerto Ricans," said Alejandra Molina, a […]

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Aiding and Abetting

posted by awelborn

Ohio law  "enforcement" helped cover up abuse In a review of thousands of court and diocese documents and interviews with dozens of police officers, judges, prosecutors, victims, and advocates, the investigation found: In five cases, police officers refused to arrest […]

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So..

posted by awelborn

why do you think the mouth is a baby’s primary sensory organ? I spend a lot of time thinking about that, which makes sense considering I spend a lot of time scouring the floor for small object and dried-out, rock […]

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Book Report

posted by awelborn

Time for my own. Last week, I read God’s Agents (still linked over there on the right, as well), which is an excellent account of the Jesuits in England through the reign of Elizabeth up to the Gunpowder Plot. So […]

Spot the Error

posted by awelborn

The Lady in the Pew would like to invite you to a contest… The Anchoress has a poll she would like you to take

No Miracle of Sharing here..

posted by awelborn

In fact, no mention of the Gospel in the homily we heard. At all! We went to the traditionally German parish, a little gem of Gothic, complete with German-language stations and so on. The church was fuller than normal, and […]

Oh, these babies…

posted by awelborn

What a terrible mess… When Stephen F. Melinger visited the newborn twins he was adopting at Methodist Hospital in April, health care workers became alarmed. On one occasion, the New Jersey man showed up with a live bird in his […]

A Passion for Preaching

posted by awelborn

The Globe on Archbishop O’Malley Two years into his tenure as archbishop of Boston, O’Malley’s public profile has largely been defined by a few key actions: his settlement of sex abuse cases, his sale of the archbishop’s mansion and move […]

Les Enfants du Paradis

posted by awelborn

French women are having babies… The result is that more than in any other European country, French families now have three or more children. Germany and Switzerland also give generous family benefits, and in Sweden 77 percent of the children […]

Rocky Road

posted by awelborn

On the last Sunday of July, a traditional climb (barefoot) to the summit of Croagh Patrick, where St. Patrick iis said to have fasted for 40 days in 441. More on the pilgrimage

Our Happy Pope

posted by awelborn

During Angelus message, Pope welcomes IRA disarmament news.

The Theology of the Body

posted by awelborn

…considered by a Lutheran and an Orthodox theologian, David Hart, who wrote something controversial a while back in the WSJ – what was it? Ah yes, on theodicy and the tsunami. Well, here’s one of many good passages: John Paul’s […]

Leslie Burke

posted by awelborn

The name might ring a bell. He’s a British man with a progressive neurological disorder who has been battling with his country’s national health system out of the fear that once he loses the capacity to communicate, he will be […]

Losing Their Religion

posted by awelborn

Niall Ferguson on the decline of Christianity in Britain. He has no answers, being, as he says, a "materialist" himself, but it concerns him nonetheless. He begins by alluding to a conversation between one of the London bombers and a […]

Blair’s Two Faces of Terrorism

posted by awelborn

An Observer columnst takes Blair to task for declaring war on Al-Qaeda and making peace with the IRA (Remember, not everything I post I agree with. Some things I just think are interesting and provocative.)

I’m sorry, but this is pathetic

posted by awelborn

84-year old retired priest arrested for soliciting a prostitute… …it’s the fourth time since 1998. Update: I suppose, 29 comments into this, I should clarify what I mean by "pathetic." I mean it’s pathetic that this elderly man is so […]

Margaret Sinclair

posted by awelborn

Film about the exhumation of the body of a revered Catholic Scotswoman to be featured at Edinburgh Fringe Festival Sinclair was born into poverty in 1900, worked for McVities biscuit factory and was an active trade unionist before she joined […]

You know…

posted by awelborn

You can feel okay about your parenting (once today at least) when your daughter begs you to let her stay up late so she can watch… Duck Soup

An Irishman in Malibu

posted by awelborn

An old (1992), very good profile of writer Brian Moore from the LATimes (reprinted in the LAWeekly, so there’s no registration required. Go read and enjoy).

Mr. Ambassador

posted by awelborn

Florida man nominated to be ambassador to the Vatican

Heads up!

posted by awelborn

Tomorrow’s gospel reading is the Multiplication of the Loaves and the Fishes, Matthean-style. Let us know if you hear about the Miracle of Sharing – it’s always fun to read how many of you actually do. If by "fun" you […]

Popes, priests and reality

posted by awelborn

I read this transcription of the Pope’s words to priests of the diocese of Aosta from last week. Then I read Fr. McBrien’s latest column. The total effect of reading the pope’s informal remarks: a man engaged with the world, […]

If you’d ever told me..

posted by awelborn

…that some day, I’d be on the phone with my oldest son, having a discussion about Silence, by Shusaku Endo, which he had read out of his own free will… I would have laughed and laughed and laughed. Not that […]

Chinese individuals

posted by awelborn

This week, All Things Considered ran an rather interesting series on the theme of the individual in China. I actually only listened to two – the first, on Jack Ma, the founder of this buyer-manufacturer liason website/service and this story […]

Trying to clear things up..

posted by awelborn

Valerie Schmalz, interviewing Bob Casey.

Note to Pope:

posted by awelborn

Michael thinks you should play the piano for the kids at WYD. Awesome! (Seriously)

The First Time

posted by awelborn

I’ve done a lot of public speaking (not counting the 1,345,043 hours in the classroom), done television, both live and taped. But today, I met the TelePrompter. Interesting. Headed over to this place to do that thing today. Very nice […]

Valley of the Bones

posted by awelborn

Go check out the Happy Catholic’s review of a novel she’s reading – sounds like a keeper I’m only halfway through so this is just a partial commentary about Valley of the Bones by Michael Gruber. I had to share […]

Doing the right thing

posted by awelborn

The Redemptorists A Roman Catholic religious order that had until now refused to increase child support payments for a boy fathered by one of its priests pledged Wednesday to provide additional financial support and counseling for the 12-year-old. Father Thomas […]

Progress report

posted by awelborn

Some, not as much as I’d like. But I’m sending things off this morning anyway. We’ll see. In a bit, we are leaving for South Bend. I’m filming a segment  (on Marian doctrines) for a catechetical DVD being produced by […]

The Press Office responds

posted by awelborn

From the Vatican press office: VATICAN CITY, JUL 29, 2005 (VIS) – Following comments made by Nimrod Barkan, an Israeli foreign ministry official, which appeared in the Jerusalem Post newspaper on July 26, the Holy See Press Office issued the […]

The first 100 days

posted by awelborn

The Tablet approves: John Paul II was perhaps the last Pope to embody the best of the Counter-Reformation tradition; Benedict XVI offers a link with far older roots of European civilisation such as those of the Fathers of the Church, […]

Giving it away

posted by awelborn

A Tablet article contrasting the philanthropic habits of the wealthy in the US and in the UK What saves American charities is the high-rollers. In the United States, the rich give away a large proportion of their earnings. Here, despite […]

Judging Catholics

posted by awelborn

Douglas Kmiec in the WSJ today: Judge Roberts listens carefully to the questions he is asked, and the extreme premise of Sen. Durbin’s question–as reported–was a judicial action requiring an immoral act. One would hope that all Americans, Catholic or […]

Giving Voice

posted by awelborn

A group of women religious under 50 is meeting in Cleveland this weekend. No, not Nashville Dominicans, Daughters of St. Paul, Sisters of Mary of the Eucharist, and such. The sponsoring group is called Giving Voice and is thoroughly mainstream. […]

Dr. Frist, I presume

posted by awelborn

Frist will not support Bush’s ECSR policy

We interrupt this hiatus for a correction

posted by awelborn

Very good. Apologies if someone’s already picked up on it.

Okay.

posted by awelborn

Blogging break til Friday afternoon. Thanks to a reader who shall remain anonymous until this thing works out, if it does, and if he wishes to be publicly celebrated , lauded and canonized at that point, I have established excellent, […]

Not Rare

posted by awelborn

Number of abortions increased by 4000 in the UK last year Recent US figures, and questions about contraception Protestants rethinking contraception? But the Romney decision and explanation open the door to talking about contraception. After all, the morning after pill […]

Onward Christian Soldiers?

posted by awelborn

A Books and Culture piece looks at the stats: During the past four years a growing number of political analysts have connected the emerging "Bush Doctrine" in foreign policy to the influence of evangelical Protestants. For example, one recent review […]

Guilty?

posted by awelborn

Kenya police focusing on priest as primary suspect in bishop’s murder

Deep-Throated

posted by awelborn

Here’s Powerline on the Durbin-Turley thing Doesn’t Dick Durbin get into trouble every two weeks or so?

My favorite computer command

posted by awelborn

"undo" How many times has that saved my life? I can’t even count…

From the Jerusalem Post

posted by awelborn

An editorial on the Pope and terrorism In its original comments, the Israeli Foreign Ministry declared, unarguably, "We expected the pope would criticize terror against Jews when deploring terror that affected others." The ministry also asserted, dramatically, that "the Pope’s […]

Two good spots

posted by awelborn

…out of many in our world of blogs. Rocco’s got some good posts going over the past couple of days – kindly offering us a translation of a nice article about Ingrid Stampa, for example Al Kimel has a really […]

Bl. Andrew the Catechist

posted by awelborn

Today is the memorial for Blessed Andrew the Catechist, considered the first of the Vietnamese martyrs: In Vietnam, Christianity’s vibrancy is rooted in the labors and fidelity of generations of catechists who continued to serve Christ and the Gospel for […]

The Anchoress approves

posted by awelborn

One of the most thoughtful bloggers, The Anchoress (I envy thoughtful people these days, I confess), once again gives props to In This House of Brede, in between some other, very…thoughtful and meditative posts. I guess that’s why she’s the […]

Baby talk

posted by awelborn

Do you know what a thrill it is when babies start responding and imitating you? When you say "ba" and they say "ba" even though they can also say, "da," "aaargh" and "pffft?" No, it’s not anything erudite or poetic, […]

Blogamus

posted by awelborn

Welcome to the Blogosphere! I am really enjoying my vacation. So far, the better part of it has been spent trying to figure out this darn HTML code stuff. They made it so you can use both <"i"> and <"em"> tags, yet […]

Celebrate

posted by awelborn

Clayton Emmer has a lovely post up about his groovy baptism all those years ago

On Air

posted by awelborn

From William Doino, who edited The Pius War: Rabbi and historian David Dalin is scheduled to be on MSNBC television this afternoon (Tuesday), between 3-4 PM; and also on Raymond Arroyo’s "World Over Live" Program, on EWTN, this Friday, at […]

Now we’re really confused

posted by awelborn

Put this one in the "Protestants and Catholics in Latin America" file…except..the Protestants are sort of wondering why some of "theirs" have converted to Islam.

Avant-Garde Orthodox

posted by awelborn

("orthodox" in the broadest sense) Interesting article on what sounds like a good book It’s not easy to place thinkers as diverse as Walker Percy, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Martin Luther King Jr., G.K. Chesterton, and Northrop Frye into the same category. […]

Mysteries

posted by awelborn

Priest resigns in Springfield (the diocese where the chancellor was severely beaten), bishop responds promptly, no one knows what’s up Psychological problems and some personal issues," have led the Rev. Don Blickhan to resign from his recent appointment as pastor […]

Diogenes Hearts Commentor Nancy

posted by awelborn

Over at Catholic World News

Comments Hall of Fame

posted by awelborn

Of course, we get lots of great comments on a daily basis. These two from the past 24 hours amused me, so they get special mention: From this thread: Before I reverted, I went to a couple of Quaker meetings […]

Susan Torres Update

posted by awelborn

From the Washington Times When she collapsed May 7, doctors were not sure she would last a week, much less until mid-July, the earliest a child could survive outside the womb. But as of today , Mrs. Torres, 26, has […]

Buy books!

posted by awelborn

Well, our heady days of heading up the Amazon list have faded into the past. Now, for some reason, I’m battling with Charles Swindoll for a place on the "Catholicism" best-seller list. Hmmm. Anyway, today’s theme is: Do you know […]

A Good Blend

posted by awelborn

From San Antonio, a wonderful story: The 13-month-old marriage of Frances and Jeff Spalding and the making of their family of 14 children is a story of faith, family and the Internet. Frances, 38, and Jeff, 40, are devout Catholics […]

From NCR(eporter)

posted by awelborn

John Allen on the evolution debate Joe Feuerherd on John Roberts

The Organ Factory

posted by awelborn

You really must read this week-long series from Will Saletan in Slate. It’s horrifying, but it’s the truth, and we need to know what’s going on. The basic point? That the current bill sponsored by Hatch and Feinstein would prohibt […]

Transparency

posted by awelborn

Mahony ordered to release records. Will refuse.

Smokescreen?

posted by awelborn

This AsiaNews article detects a coincidence: AsiaNews has learnt that the unprecedented personal attack on Pope Benedict XVI launched by Israel’s Foreign Ministry on Monday 25 July was meant as a smokescreen for the Ministry’s decision to abandon the negotiations […]

What Maureen Dowd can do..

posted by awelborn

..is write a lovely tribute to her mother, who passed away last week at the age of 97. Do go read.

Out west

posted by awelborn

One US episcopal appointment today: – Appointed Rutilio J. del Riego, pastor of the parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Riverside, California, U.S.A., as auxiliary of San Bernardino (area 70,662, population 3,556,631, Catholics 1,017,196, priests 244, permanent deacons […]

From Mitt

posted by awelborn

Governor Romney, in the Globe today: YESTERDAY I vetoed a bill that the Legislature forwarded to my desk. Though described by its sponsors as a measure relating to contraception, there is more to it than that. The bill does not […]

I’ve had it up TO HERE

posted by awelborn

Will someone please tell the Reuters caption writers that these women are NOT "Roman Catholic priests?" Oh, well, okay. I just did. You can too, if you like.

More translation issues

posted by awelborn

Okay, I was looking for reports from Spanish papers on the celebrations of Santiago de Compostela, when I came across this photo of Cherie Blair: Here’s the text (I can’t link directly to it. It’s all javascript (void) and such.) […]

It’s cool when…

posted by awelborn

…you read this sentence: His coronation had been fixed for Monday, 25 July, St. James’s Day…and you realize that it’s Monday, July 25, 402 years later. …the moment you cross the Chatahoochee River, the Alan Jackson song Chatahoochee starts playing […]

The Compendium

posted by awelborn

Rocco’s got the goods on the Compendium of the Catechism (coming this fall to the US) I’ve recently discovered that our friend Sandro Magister, has a blog on the website for L’Espresso – if you go down to the second […]

De-Code This!

posted by awelborn

This is a highly amusing parody of a Certain Book. I don’t know if you want to actually spend money on it (unless you have someone in your life who is really taken with DVC and can take a joke. […]

Nice try

posted by awelborn

Letter-writers to the NYReview of Books attempt to tell Joan Didion she was wrong about Terri Schiavo. No luck. I am puzzled by Dr. Fins’s repeated assertion that I referred to him "out of context." I am also puzzled by […]

Sin of Omission?

posted by awelborn

Israel faults Benedict for failing to mention Israel in a list of countries recently beset by terrorist attacks.

Spread the Word!

posted by awelborn

Michael and I are in the midst of a 30-day push to sell our books, particularly Here.Now and How to Get the Most out of the Eucharist. We want to try to compensate for the fact that their release in […]

People watching

posted by awelborn

As a mother, I’m not a cheery SAHM!!! HEARTS!!!DH!!!!. Obviously. I’ve worked outside the home with most of my children, and I’m just very grateful that my current career path lets me work from home, not just because I don’t […]

A matter of semantics?

posted by awelborn

Or more? Two notes on how the press talks about abortion, its advocates and opponents. First, at Get Religion, Terry Mattingly if the MSM can bring itself to call anyone "pro-life?" Now think back to what my editor said in […]

Still Poles Apart

posted by awelborn

Polish bishop’s visit to St. Louis fails to heal rift A visit from the leader of the world’s Catholic Poles appears to have done little to patch the rift between two Polish parishes or end a deadlock between the St. […]

Timing is Everything

posted by awelborn

Not Dead Yet is blasting PBS: In an all-too-common feat of cultural insensitivity, PBS has chosen July 26th, the anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to air "POV: The Self-Made Man." The documentary features the […]

On CNN tonight..

posted by awelborn

On Anderson "I used to host a reality show" Cooper’s 360 tonight, the show contains a segment, apparently on: Selling Jesus: Sermons and prayer mixed with music and ads. We’ll look at how companies are using religion to sell their […]

In praise of Legos

posted by awelborn

No, not just because they can be used to uh…spread the Good News (sort of), explain papal minutiae, or explain church history. Like every other family with toddlers, we’ve had Duplos for a while. Like every other family with toddlers, […]

The Faith of John Roberts

posted by awelborn

Jonathon Turley in the LATimes today Judge John G. Roberts Jr. has been called the stealth nominee for the Supreme Court — a nominee specifically selected because he has few public positions on controversial issues such as abortion. However, in […]

Seen The Island?

posted by awelborn

Get Religion reports on the nervous reviews, including this one in The Hollywood Reporter What’s troubling from a political point of view is that these filmmakers have, perhaps unwittingly, delivered a film certain to give succor to the religious right. […]

Communion and Catholic Judges

posted by awelborn

The topic at Mirror of Justice And if the Church’s pronouncements on the depth and scope of the abortion wrong lead to denial of communion for pro-choice Catholic politicians, isn’t there a pretty good argument that a devout Catholic judge […]

A day in the life

posted by awelborn

Benedict says being pope isn’t easy Won’t condemn Islam as a whole over terrorism Pope Benedict XVI said Monday he did not see an anti-Christian motive in the recent wave of terrorist attacks blamed on Islamic extremists, attributing them instead […]

Arrested in Rochester

posted by awelborn

A priest, for abuse allegedly in 1999.

Newsbreak

posted by awelborn

A Filipino magazine has a small subscription base, but a big impact. This month, with the presidency of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on the brink, "those girls" put out a special edition: an account of a meeting of the council of […]

Cdnl Arinze speaks

posted by awelborn

…in Pittsburgh. Was he clear? You decide (This is the same answer, I think, he gave to Raymond Arroyo in an interview earlier this year or last year.) After giving a speech on the importance of the Eucharist for family […]

FINALLY

posted by awelborn

Commentor Jason sends along this piece on the supposed decline of skin in fashion (Tell it to the young woman sitting in front of us at the baseball game the other night. Well, it does take a while for the […]

Oremus

posted by awelborn

Pope, at Angelus, prays for peace and conversion of heart Pope Benedict has offered prayers asking God to stop the "murderous hand" of terrorists and convert their hearts and minds to peace.Benedict referred to the recent "abhorrent terrorist attacks" in […]

You know that apostolate of the laity?

posted by awelborn

Michael has a long, excellent post related to some points we’ve been discussing, highlighting what we hope our books can do to deepen the faith of the typical Catholic Reflecting on today’s Gospel and the pearl of great price… A […]

Ordination time

posted by awelborn

…more news stories on tomorrow’s action, many with headlines like this: "Women plan to become Catholic priests." Again….no. That’s not what they’ll be. The messed-up ecclesiology isn’t confined to headline writers, who may be partially excused, but to the participants […]

Deep-Sixed?

posted by awelborn

Annie Banno, with a lengthy, documented post on an abortion-breast cancer study sponsored by the National Cancer Institute – and hidden by them, as well.

On the march

posted by awelborn

What is more intriguing…the monks on the march or the Burger King advertisement? What they’re protesting (and it’s not Burger King. Close, though)

A Father’s Responsibility

posted by awelborn

Priests, children and child support Single and unemployed, Stephanie Collopy asked a Portland judge this month to order her son’s father to increase her child support and to add their chronically ill boy to his health insurance plan. Sitting on […]

Christians and the Death Penalty

posted by awelborn

Joseph Bottum in First Things His point? That the justification for capital punishment that is rooted in the need to repay a blood debt with more blood is essentially pagan, and, unchecked It is real, unbearably real, in other words, […]

Reading Ratzinger

posted by awelborn

This is the title of a moderately lengthy article in the 7/25 issue of The New Yorker (article not online). What’s interesting, as one reader pointed out, that this is the second long piece on Roman Catholicism that the New […]

Little Sisters of the Poor

posted by awelborn

We had a thread last week on this order’s work in DC. Someone posted questions about the admission criterea, at least to the Queens, Village, NY facility. Here’s a clarification from Sister Margaret Hogarty, lsp: I would like to clarify […]

Well, that’s different

posted by awelborn

If you go look at the Amazon list of best-selling books under the Catholicism category, you’ll find, at this moment (8:55 central), that A Woman Rides a Beast by Dave Hunt holds the #17 spot. Really? I’m thinking that even […]

Updates

posted by awelborn

A couple of updates/clarifications on stories we’ve followed here in the past: The Staten Island pastor who took desperate measures to combat non-Mass-attending families has a new fan – the mother of one of the affected families When she finally […]

Everything’s up to date in Kansas City

posted by awelborn

I don’t know how I missed this one, but here’s the quite interesting interview with Bishop Finn of KC from their diocesan paper Bishop Finn, who was formerly a priest of the archdiocese of St. Louis, and editor of their […]

To vaccinate or not?

posted by awelborn

Of great concern to some parents has been the question of vaccines derived from aborted fetal tissue. This has been an issue for some time, that came to the fore especially when the chicken pox vaccine became available and then […]

A Catholic view of Eastern Orthodoxy

posted by awelborn

From Aidan Nichols, O.P, In this article I attempt an overview in four parts. First, I shall discuss why Catholics should not only show some ecumenical concern for Orthodoxy but also treat the Orthodox as their privileged or primary ecumenical […]

Newsmakers

posted by awelborn

NBC’s Jim Cummins has sued the Archdiocese of Dubuque Mr. Cummins, chief of NBC News’ Southwest Bureau, was an altar boy and high school basketball star in Cedar Rapids. In the summer of 1962, when he was 17, he was […]

Gracias

posted by awelborn

Thanks to the folks at the Crossroads Initiative, the excellent website of Marcellino D’Ambrosio, for featuring De-Coding on its debunking DVC page!

Whatever

posted by awelborn

Washington sits on a substratum of Catholic conservatism that few people who aren’t from here understand. It goes back to Georgetown University and pre-D.C. Maryland history. It is that community that Roberts represents, and that Bush is paying homage to […]

Do you like the Pope’s outfit?

posted by awelborn

You might be surprised where he’s been…

On the air

posted by awelborn

Michael’s going to be on this show in a second.(it’s 4:10) Listen here.

The Unstrung Harp

posted by awelborn

For all the writers out there,,,, ..to put us in our place. Via Lickona

Blogging Ethics

posted by awelborn

Some Singapore undergrads did a survey on blogging and blogging ethics late last winter. Here are the results.

A new bookmark

posted by awelborn

A lot of you will undoubtedly find this new site, The Catholic Report, handy. Lots of links, plus a news feed. Drudge with a rosary.

They’re already after the baby

posted by awelborn

Reader Tim sends along a link to one of those "not surprising but still…" kind of things. In brief: they’re already planning how to get your baby to buy stuff. Who is Gen We? A younger generation on the cusp […]

Could we put it any more directly?

posted by awelborn

From this site, thanks to reader Tom

Horrible, but a must read

posted by awelborn

Dawn Eden quotes liberally from and links to a horrifying, sobering blog entry by a medical student who performed her first abortions The emotional distance of this woman is horrifying. This is real, not an idea. This is life and […]

In this corner..

posted by awelborn

I would love to see Eve Tushnet debate/discuss life with Andrew Sullivan. It would be very illuminating, I think. Someone set this thing up.

Pope en vacance

posted by awelborn

This could be a reality show. Or one of those travelogue shows on PBS. Today, the Holy Father visits the botanical gardens. Other travelers follow, mesmerized by his fashion sense.

Michael got a cross in the mail..

posted by awelborn

…and thinks it’s a sign. Push us back up the list! Who needs that Catechism, anyway? Seriously – if you know anyone involved in Young Adult or College Campus Ministry, consider passing on our link to them and letting them […]

“Excessive Zeal?”

posted by awelborn

an Italian priest’s actions makes the London Times A PARISH priest has refused to give an Italian woman a Christian funeral because she had “lived in sin”. Father Giuseppe Mazzotta, parish priest at Marcellinara, near Catanzaro in Calabria, said that […]

More von Balthasar

posted by awelborn

(If you’re wondering why, it’s because it’s the 100th anniversary of his birth) Another America article: In method, Balthasar preferred an evocative and untidy richness over the kind of objective systematization characteristic of many great Christian thinkers. He suggested that […]

The Historian

posted by awelborn

On Beliefnet, the author of the new, best-selling novel, discusses Christianity, Prince Vlad, and the Dracula legend. I don’t know enough about the latter two to comment, but here it is for those who are interested: Your book gets deep […]

The Witness of Balthasar

posted by awelborn

by Edward T. Oakes, in America (full text available only to subscribers) Because I have spent much of my life trying to convey Balthasar’s massive achievement through translations, essays and monographs, I am often asked what first drew me to […]

Cancel his subscription

posted by awelborn

Plato’s Stepchild on the anti-Catholicism of The Economist…and other stuff too.

Speaking of Movies

posted by awelborn

Christmas at Maxwell’s is an independent film, the making of which is described in this Toledo Blade piece from today Mr. Laufer, 59, said Christmas at Maxwell’s was inspired by his Catholic faith and his mother’s own struggle with cancer. […]

Gibson’s next gig

posted by awelborn

Sounds odd Me, I’m so psyched about the Joaquin Phoenix biopic of Johnny Cash, I can’t stand it Watch the trailer, catch the line from the producer/whoever to Cash about what should drive him to write a song. Wow. And..Shelby […]

A Feminist After Her Own Heart

posted by awelborn

WaPo profile of Jane Sullivan Roberts….Feminist For Life couldn’t buy this great PR! In 1995 Jane Sullivan walked into the tiny downtown office of Feminists for Life, a group she’d heard about from a friend. Serrin Foster was staffing the […]

One More Word

posted by awelborn

Also in the Word from Rome, and very much worth reading, is Allen’s report on disciplinary actions against a religious order founder: The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued the decree May 27 in the case of 73-year-old […]

Evolving words

posted by awelborn

Do go check out The Word from Rome for snippets of various interviews related to the evolution flap I also had the chance to speak with Jesuit Fr. George Coyne, an American astrophysicist who has served as director of the […]

Wanna debunk?

posted by awelborn

The Bishops of England and Wales have an anti-DVC website One of the readers who passed it along noted that he’d seen a story about the website in news accounts…none of which bothered to give the URL. Helpful!

Mixed blessings

posted by awelborn

I love the Catholics of Nebraska, I guess, but I was, to say the least, a bit disappointed when I got off the phone radio interview and found that I’d missed a phone call from my absolutely favorite living American […]

Wanna Celebrate?

posted by awelborn

You could celebrate today’s feast by picking up one of these – or not. And if you want, in the extended text is the recommended prayer service for the day, provided by FutureChurch, which coordinates the celebrations Now, there is […]

Radio Daze

posted by awelborn

Me on this station at about 8:20 am central time, talking about the lady on the top left.

More, please

posted by awelborn

Dallas diocese is broke, needs more money from parishes   The Catholic Diocese of Dallas is asking its parishes to take a little extra out of their collection plates to help pay diocesan legal costs. In a letter sent to […]

Try Again

posted by awelborn

A new design for the Ave Maria U chapel has been unveiled. I still don’t like it. It looks like a bug of some sort. Why not a nice, cool, Spanish mission style thing? What’s wrong with that? Anyway, not […]

Loyola Classics makes VH1

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Thanks to Bruce and Demi…who named one of their children "Rumer," and are featured in a "wacky celebrity children’s names" special. We hear tell that the show flashes the cover of Brede to make the point.

Blogging Around

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Christopher Blosser has a great survey of the best of Catholic blogging this week.

Speaking of Devotions…

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Bill Cork tells us about a Goddess Rosary.

Day 2

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Of our 30-day appeal! Put Catholic books on your neighbor’s nightstand, your sister’s coffeetable, your son’s desk. These two books that we’re hoping you’ll buy are written for Every Catholic – they’re solid, but still easy to read and applicable […]

Back to Cleveland

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Attorney claims Bishop Pilla perjured himself.

Devoted to You

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Fr. Jim Tucker with a very good response to a recent US Catholic article on devotions The article raises the usual flags: but will they distract from the Mass? Fr. Jim’s answer is on-point. People who are devoted to one […]

Last one

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I’ll try. But this Internet Monk post on Joel Osteen’s inaugural sermon was too good to pass up. This was one of the big religion stories last week, so we’re justified in coming back to it as new comments pop […]

Is it all our fault?

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David Brooks on the upcoming confirmation. A fascinating observation: I love thee also, Roberts nomination, because now we probably won’t have to endure another bitter and vulgarized chapter of the culture war. Confirmation battles have come to seem of late […]

Papal Mountain Swag

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Sharp! Yesterday afternoon, Benedict XVI made a trip to Val Grisanche in the alpine region of Valle d’Aosta in northwest Italy where he is spending his vacation. On his return to the chalet in which he is staying, he paused […]

First off…

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Someone wrote me earlier this week and asked how many of readers were lawyers. Heh. As long-time readers know, that’s a running joke around here. I’m always wondering if some of these voluminous legal-related comments threads are billable hours. My […]

Whitewashing Racism

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Stephen Dillard on the case Whitewashing the racist/anti-Catholic legacy of Justice Hugo Black: That is apparently the full-time job of Steve Suitts–author of the recently published "Hugo Black of Alabama: How His Roots and Early Career Shaped the Great Champion […]

Two priests arrested

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in relation to the murder of the bishop in Kenya

The goods

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Lengthy, fair personal and professional profile of Roberts from the NYTimes And from LA, details on Mrs. Roberts’ association with Feminists for Life Feminists for Life. By the way, a long, long time ago, I actually held national office with […]

The goods

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Long, fair piece on Roberts’ personal and professional background,from the NYTimes.

Friends again

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Bethany changes policy. Will place children with RC couples. So. Are we Christians now?

Testimonials!

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Well, one at least: I recently purchased both books. How to Get the Most Out of the Eucharist was obtained to review it for addition to our parish library. I haven’t been able to give up my copy, either to […]

What the Cardinal Said

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In late April, Commonweal ran a piece by William Wood on a talk by Cardinal George In the latest issue, George and some others respond to Wood’s account That my few remarks didn’t imply in any way “a nostalgia for […]

A Pope in Germany

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The schedule for the Pope’s visit: besides the WYD activities, he’ll meet with political leaders, pray at a synagogue and meet with Muslim leaders. Vatican WYD site Official WYD site

Next time you’re upset at your kids’ behavior at church

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It could be worse. You could have just been nominated for the Supreme Court, and the President and the rest of country could be watching.

Judge Not

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I’m going to close the other SCOTUS threads and move the discussion up here. Comment on this story or any other aspect of the story, and feel free to provide links to other good discussions: CNS on the nominee’s religious […]

Identity Crisis?

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Ukrainian Catholics hope Catechism will help them recover identity The writers of the first comprehensive catechism for Ukrainian-rite Catholics hope it helps diminish the effects of the "Latinization" of the Byzantine church, said the bishop in charge of the project. […]

Who’s the Greatest Theologian?

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No, not a new EWTN reality show. A Pontifications post…Calvin #1? (No, not according to them, but to the original linked site…)

Poor Joel

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Down in the comments box and in my email box, there’s a tiny bit of grumbling about the Catholics dumping on Joel Osteen. Well, what we’ve said here is nothing compared to what some of his fellow Protestants have said. […]

Roman Morsels

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Some excerpts from the last few days of my dad’s Rome Journal (they came back on 5/24): Our destination was Frascati, a hill town about 30 miles outside Rome. This is a ritzy area where the wealthy have gone to […]

Beyond words

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Well, beyond the words we often write here. This, I think, is a great example of the power of narrative to reveal. It’s from a short story called, "Weightlifting for Catholics" by Mark Jacobs in the most recent issue of […]

Deepen your faith

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…or help your kids, friends and acquaintances. Michael’s doing a 30-day appeal. Here’s the gist, go read his blog for more… Starting today, I’m asking the readers of this blog and Amy’s Open Book to consider buying one copy of […]

Time Off

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Time in a California monastery The monastery, once the personal vineyard of California Gov. (and university founder) Leland Stanford, covers more than 580 acres. In keeping with the Cistercian belief that a simple, earthly life is one of spiritual abundance, […]

Testifying

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Pilla testifies in sex abuse lawsuit The most absurd, but telling sentence in the article: Mulica, who left the priesthood in 1991, now works as a motivational speaker and insurance agent in California. He works under the pseudonym Fredrick James.

Backgrounder

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On Roberts from NRLC The Supreme Court Nomination blog As pointed out in a comment, much,much good blogging at Southern Appeal, including links to a couple of very reasonable responses from bloggers on the left.

Rumor-mongering?

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Edith says she’s out. Okay. Who? Mary Ann Glendon? Hah. We wish.

Cuba in Crisis

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Difficulties in the wake of Dennis, from the "Rosary Army" website (motto: "Make Them. Pray Them. Give Them Away.) We knew that the hurricane had caused a great deal of damage, and currently, Catholic Relief Services and Caritas are both […]

Success?

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From a reader: On the recent Osteen posts, and indeed whenever the topic of evangelical  megachurches comes up, there seems to be a tendency to compare their apparent (numerical) success with Catholicism’s apparent failure.  As I am currently reading Ratzinger’s […]

Nice to be RC

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Here are a couple of passages from emails I’ve received just today. You see good news and interesting journeys everywhere, if you just look. I converted to Catholicism last December, nearly 5 years after my initial RCIA process.  I have […]

I’m done on this side

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The news is spreading, thanks to misleading news reports, on the ordination of 9 women scheduled for next Monday in the middle of the St. Lawrence River. Let us not turn this thread into a debate on women’s ordination (unless […]

Bioethics at the movies

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A good, meaty James Bowman piece from the New Atlantis that begins with a new production of Whose LIfe is it Anyway? in London, starring Kim Cattrall (of Sex in the City)  and moves in all sorts of interesting directions. […]

Liturgical peace

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In the "Internet Monk" thread below, Todd of Catholic Sensibility commented that all of this talk of what people want in liturgy is nice, but who’s going to to do the work? Where are the resources going to come from? […]

The Word on Harry Potter

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Want Harry Potter? Here’s your post. I read the first five novels in the series, not because I have a huge interest in them, but because I wanted to see for myself if they deserved the controversy and the praise, […]

Bleg

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This one’s for me. Does anyone know of any good historical fiction (besides Come Rack! Come Rope!) about Catholic Recusants, etc? Anything contemporary?

What I meant to say…

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I actually was going to write something else in that previous post that fits the title. Let’s try again. We Catholics agonize a great deal about liturgy and attendant issues, and in the midst of the woe, we tend to […]

We’re not alone

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Okay. I had a set of Living Faith devotions due today. Check. Have an 1100-word article due for OSV tomorrow. Baby took a super-nap, I mainlined some Diet Coke (rough night last night) and got to work. Wrote 1300 words, […]

Full Circle

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From the SF paper, a spiritual journey: Often you hear stories about people starting out as a Catholic and leaving Catholicism behind after getting into Eastern religions. But you went back to it. What do you make of that? Three […]

Silence on Eugenic Abortion

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George Neumayr on the ‘abortion debate that wasn’t." Not wishing to publicize a practice most doctors prefer to keep secret, the medical community releases only sketchy information on the frequency of eugenic abortion against the disabled. But to the extent […]

A Short Guide to Eastern Catholic Churches

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Excellent article from Crisis. As presently defined, there are 24 Catholic Churches that can be grouped into eight different rites. A rite is a liturgical, theological, spiritual, and disciplinary patrimony of a distinct people manifested in a Church. While each […]

Help Wanted – Absolutely not a parody

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The British government put an ad in the Times for a new ambassador to the Holy See. There’s no direct link, but here’s the text: The Holy See has the status of a sovereign state. It plays an important role […]

The Pope told me to take a vacation

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Whose boss will argue with that? Dear Brothers and Sisters! I have been here for a few days, in the marvelous mountains of Val d’Aosta, where the memory is still alive of my beloved predecessor John Paul II, who for […]

The Book of Joel

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The NYTimes on Opening Weekend In interviews at the church last week, congregants praised Mr. Osteen for his practical messages and praised the new building as a monument to God. "He’s added a different dimension to our spiritual life," said […]

Sisters on Wheels

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Taking health care services to rural PA Mobile health units, like the Rendu Services van, are one way of bringing basic health care to some of those underserved regions. The service, a mission of the Daughters of Charity, is named […]

650 million dollars

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That’s how much it’s estimated "Vatican-related" agencies have made available for relief of the tsunami victims. How Caritas is helping victims of current flooding in Pakistan and India

One of the most boring things on earth

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…is spending time talking about labels, coaltions and ideologies, as Fr. McBrien does here, fretting about where the "center" in Catholicism has moved to. As he has been for the last three weeks in his columns. Buy a ticket on […]

Orthodoxy, southern style

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From Mississippi: Over the last 30 years, Orthodox churches in the southern United States have multiplied from a handful of congregations located mainly in Florida and Texas to more than 60 churches and missions stretching from Virginia to New Mexico. […]

Blogger Bleg

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No, not me. Mary of Veritatis Splendor writes that she would like to help a priest friend of hers, now pastor of two rural parishes, in need of silver chalices to replace glass. She is looking for someplace that sells […]

Snapshot

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Wondering who the proprietor of this blog is? Well, just click through the birthday presents that her husband, who knows her quite well, gave her. This should pretty much get it done: This, this, this, this, and this. And about […]

What a difference a year makes

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Long-time readers know of our zoo adventures around the country, beginning right here in The Fort. Our zoo is relatively small, but quite good and child-friendly (i.e. exhausting but not overwhelming) Snagging ourselves a very reasonably priced family membership we […]

Bleg

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From Rich Leonardi…a good church in Chicago, with a decent schola being a plus. Of course. I recommended this place, but if there’s someplace closer to where he is this weekend, he’d appreciate the recommendation.

More from Houston

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A story on the Spanish-language services at Osteen’s Houston church His (Not Osteen – the Spanish-language pastor’s) sermons, he said, are geared for a Hispanic audience, with references to soccer or Telemundo television stars. Witt has even shown clips from […]

Dame Cicely

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An obituary for Dame Cicely Saunders, a founder of the hospice movement. Wesley Smith remarks: Ralph Nader once said that it is a sign of our times that Jack Kevorkian is the most famous doctor in the world. It should […]

You know

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Weekends around here are usually pretty quiet. Let’s liven things up a bit. Let’s blog Karl Keating’s e-letter on the upcoming debate between Robert Sungenis and Gerry Matatics on the validity of the Novus Ordo. Shall we? Does the Novus […]

Good thread

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The thread below, commenting on Frederica Matthewes-Green’s WSJ piece, was exceptionally informative and polite. Thanks! For more of the same on the same topic go to Al Kimel’s blog, and be sure to stop and check out his post on […]

The Met’s Mona Lisa

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From The New Yorker, an article about the Met’s acquisition of this painting It’s their most expensive acquisition ever – 50 million dollars, a Duccio. Apparently the piece is highly regarded because of its place as a sign of transition: […]

F.C. Bauerschmidt is too modest

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I see that one of our occasional, and always solid commentors (and a nice person – I met him when I spoke at Loyola College in Baltimore last yer) has a new book out from Brazos Press (one of the […]

Ya think?

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I’m gone for like an hour to the libraray, I come back, and my email box is filled with missives sending me this story. A Christian adoption agency that receives money from Choose Life license plate fees said it does […]

Story Time

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Joseph pulled out an instruction book for a Chicken Run computer game and proceeded to read his brother a story. The Wizard of Oz. Being as I was at the computer, I took down dictation: "There once was a girl […]

From a reader

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Re/Schoenstatt Movement: Here is a little background on the image, Mary Thrice Admirable, which the Schoenstatt movement adopted.  My grandmother (I believe her family was from somewhere in Bavaria) gave a copy of this image with elaborate frame to Ursuline […]

On comments

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I’m getting scattered complainst about the difficulty of commenting. All I can say is that I Have Done Nothing. I haven’t banned anyone in weeks, haven’t changed anything. Typepad "upgraded" last weekend, and perhaps there are glitches related to that. […]

Word Up

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This being Joseph Ratzinger, "vacation" does not mean idleness or leisure in the traditional sense. Unlike John Paul II, Benedict is not a man given to long walks in the mountains as a form of meditative prayer. Instead, he has […]

Full of Grace

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Missed this because we were on the road at the time, but last week, Jonathon Yardley had a nice re-assessment of The Habit of Being, the collected letters of Flannery O’Connor (not that his re-assessment was any different than his […]

Synchronicity

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Just as mizznicole from Austin mentions in a comment how helpful the Schoenstatt movement is to her, I post the Magister article that describes Benedict’s two assistants/secretaries (Ingrid Stampa being one, of course) as both being members of this movement. […]

The Popes and Evolution

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A summary of this past week’s controversies, from Terry Mattingly

Previous Posts

There is nothing I shall want
A couple of weeks ago, a memorial Mass for Michael was held here in Birmingham at the Cathedral. The bishop presided and offered a very nice, even charming homily in which he first focused on the Scripture readings of the day, and then turned to ...

posted 9:24:16am Mar. 05, 2009 | read full post »

Revolutionary Road - Is it just me?
Why am I the only person I know..or even "know" in the Internet sense of "knowing"  - who didn't hate it? I didn't love it, either. There was a lot wrong with it. Weak characterization. Miscasting. Anvil-wielding mentally ill prophets.But ...

posted 9:45:04pm Mar. 04, 2009 | read full post »

Books for Lent
No, I'm not going to ask you about your Lenten reading lists...although I might.Not today, though. This post is about giving books to others. For Lent, and a long time after that. You know how it goes during Lent: Prayer, Fasting and ...

posted 9:22:07pm Mar. 04, 2009 | read full post »

Why Via Media
How about....because I'm lame and hate thinking up titles to things? No?Okay...how about...St. Benedict? Yes, yes, I know the association with Anglicanism. That wasn't invovled in my purpose in naming the joint, but if draws some Googling ...

posted 8:54:17pm Mar. 04, 2009 | read full post »

Brave Heart?
I don't know about you, but one of effects of childbirth on me was a compulsion to spill the details. All of them.The whole thing was fascinating to me, so of course I assumed everyone else should be fascinated as well in the recounting of every ...

posted 10:19:45pm Mar. 03, 2009 | read full post »

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