Author Archives: Matthew Archbold

Matthew Archbold worked as a journalist for many newspapers in the Philadelphia area including the Philadelphia Inquirer. He left in order to raise his five children and now works as a writer for The Cardinal Newman Society, The National Catholic Register and Creative Minority Report.

John Paul the Great University Film Professor May Have Ad Aired During Superbowl

John Paul the Great University film professor Nathan Scoggins and his team created an ad called “Fashionista Daddy,” a Top 5 finalist for Doritos ‘Crash the Super Bowl’ commercial competition. Students and alumni at John Paul the Great were heavily involved in the production of the commercial. The winning ad will play during the Super Bowl.

John Paul the Great University has a special commitment to state-of-the-art technology and software to prepare students for futures in business, filmmaking, and other “new media,” with a firm grounding in the liberal arts and faithful Catholic theology.

Take a look at the hilarious commercial:

Fashionista Daddy has been featured on Good Morning America, CNN and Yahoo TV’s Favorite.

The Cardinal Newman Society promotes John Paul the Great Catholic University in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.

Al Gore to Speak at Dominican University

Former Vice President Al Gore, an abortion rights and homosexual “marriage” advocate will speak at Dominican University on February 13 as part of the University’s 2013 Institute for Leadership Studies (ILS) Spring Leadership Lecture Series.

Gore, chairman of The Climate Reality Project, the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary, and co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize is a radical and outspoken abortion right supporter. In fact, in his run for President of the United States in 1999 Gore reportedly said, “I will always, always defend a woman’s right to choose. Every time Congress has tried to play politics with that fundamental personal right — imposing gag rules, and attaching anti-choice language to any bill they can think of — we have stood up to them and stopped them. If they try it again, we’ll stop them again. And if they try it after the year 2000, with your help, I’ll stop them. That hard-won right will be safe with me as your President.”

In 2008, Gore endorsed homosexual “marriage,” saying, “Shouldn’t we be promoting faithfulness and loyalty to one’s partner regardless of sexual orientation?”

The speaker series is sponsored by the Dominican’s Institute for Leadership Studies as part of its Leadership Lecture Series. Past lecturers include Nancy Pelosi, MSNBC host Chris Matthews, and Caroline Kennedy.

Loyola Chicago Prof Requires Students to Attend Radical Van Jones Lecture

Several students at Loyola University in Chicago reported in a video published at Breitbart that they were “required” by their “environmental sustainability” professor to attend a January 23rd lecture by gay marriage supporting Van Jones.

The event was labeled a “2013 MLK Celebration” in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. In his lecture, Jones talked little about the environment but at length about what he called the “ugly and unequal” founding of our country. He called students to a “new patriotism.”

Nancy C. Tuchman, the Executive Director for the Institute of Environmental Sustainability at Loyola, spoke to Breitbart regarding the requirement that students attend the Jones lecture.

We don’t want them to just follow in their parents’ footsteps, or just do whatever their parents told them to do, or vote whatever direction, they were told to vote, we want them to think about stuff and look at stuff and make their own decisions.

I do not think the provost was wrong in saying that this guy has done fabulous stuff for society in a very selfless way, and maybe he goes too far, but he has done stuff that has been valuable to humanity, and you can’t deny that.

And you might say you don’t like what he’s talking about when he’s throwing pot shots at our founding fathers. Okay, there’s probably a lot of stuff that maybe I wouldn’t about him either. I think what the provost was trying to say was, here’s a guy that has really devoted his life to trying to affect change in a really positive way, for humanity.

I think that’s really one of things that we try to do at Loyola is get students to look at how they can devote a part of their life when they leave here. How can they feel responsible for humanity, for the common good, not just for going out and getting a really great job where they can make millions of dollars, and exploit people.

You can read the entire story at Breitbart.

Priest Teaching Atheist Course Aims to Change Catholic Theology and Traditions

Regis College at the University of Toronto is hosting an eight week course on atheism called “Responding to 21st-Century Atheism” with the goal, according to  instructor Fr. Scott Lewis S.J., not being necessarily preparing students to evangelize but to feel “less threatened and more willing to view the challenges of modernity and science as an opportunity for religious traditions to change and grow.”

In an exclusive interview with The Cardinal Newman Society, Fr. Lewis said, “Our theology cannot remain unchanged – it can and must develop in new directions.”

The course description states that a number of faculty of Regis College, including Fr. Lewis, will “explore responses to the challenges presented by contemporary atheism. Eight lectures will discuss the role of Scripture, tradition, theology, psychology and pastoral studies to address the questions about human living posed by today’s culture and climate of disbelief.”

Fr. Lewis said that “preparing people to evangelize is not my concern at the moment.”

In an email exchange, where he was asked about his ambitions for the course, he wrote:

Atheism is one of the most important issues of our time. It is growing and there is a new militancy to the movement. Unfortunately, intolerance, bigotry, and close-minded attitudes abound on both sides of the issues and it is hoped that theists and atheists will be more able to be more respectful of one another and willing from the other side. I felt that a school of theology is the perfect place to address the issues of atheism in our culture.  I am surprised and disappointed that Catholic (and other) theological faculties have been slow to respond.

I would like students to appreciate the breadth and depth of the problem. There are no quick fixes or easy answers. But most of all, I would like them to feel less threatened and more willing to view the challenges of modernity and science as an opportunity for religious traditions to change and grow. We have nothing to fear from truth.

Preparing people to evangelize is not my concern at the moment. My ultimate aim is a respectful dialogue between atheists and non-believers. We need to understand atheism in all its forms and the intellectual basis for it. Evolutionary science is probably the biggest challenge to theism, but psychology, other sciences, as the problem of suffering and injustice also rank high on the list. There are important findings and insights in scientific fields that cannot be ignored or explained away – they are a challenge and invitation to reexamine how we envision God, creation, humanity, and the relationship between them. Our theology cannot remain unchanged – it can and must develop in new directions.

Reportedly, the class has over 150 students.

John M. Rist to Deliver 3rd Annual Aquinas Lecture in Philosophy at Ave Maria University

Professor John M. Rist, the Chair of the philosophy department at the Catholic University of America and author of fifteen books including What is Truth? From the Academy to the Vatican and Real Ethics: Reconsidering the Foundations of Morality will give the Third Annual Aquinas Lecture today at Ave Maria University.

The talk will be entitled “Must Morality Be Dependent on God?”

Professor Rist was educated in classics at Trinity College, Cambridge. He taught Greek at University College in the University of Toronto from 1959 to 1969, and from 1969 to 1980 was a professor of classics at the University of Toronto. He taught from 1980 to 1983 as Regius Professor of Classics at the University of Aberdeen, and returned to the University of Toronto, where he was professor of classics and philosophy from 1983 to 1996, with a cross-appointment to St. Michael’s College from 1983 to 1990. In 1997, Rist became professor emeritus of the University of Toronto in 1997. He has been part-time visiting professor at the Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum in Rome since 1998.

In 1976 Rist was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and in 1991 he was elected a life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge. In 1995 he was the Lady Davis Visiting Professor in Philosophy at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Among Rist’s books are: Man, Soul and Body: Essays in Ancient Thought from Plato to Dionysius(1996), Augustine: Ancient Thought Baptized (1994), The Mind of Aristotle (1989), Platonism and Its Christian Heritage (1985), Human Value: A Study of Ancient Philosophical Ethics (1982), On the Independence of Matthew and Mark (1978), The Stoics (1978), Epicurus: An Introduction (1972), Stoic Philosophy (1969), Plotinus: The Road to Reality (1967), and Eros and Psyche: Studies in Plato, Plotinus and Origen (1964).

This year’s Aquinas Lecture is fittingly given on the very feast day of St. Thomas Aquinas. The two previous Aquinas Lecturers were AMU alumna Professor Therese Scarpelli Cory (Seattle University), and Fr. Ron Tacelli (Boston College).

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Judge Dismisses CUA’s HHS Challenge on Timing Grounds

Another challenge to the Department of Health and Human Services contraceptive mandate has been dismissed by a federal judge who decided that it’s too early to hear the lawsuit as the Obama administration has promised changes to the mandate to satisfy concerns about religious freedom.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, a President Barack Obama appointee, dismissed the case filed by The Archdiocese of Washington, The Catholic University of America, Consortium of Catholic Academies, Archbishop Carroll High School, and Catholic Charities of D.C. reportedly saying, “If after the new regulations are issued, plaintiffs are still not satisfied, any challenges that they choose to bring will be substantially different from the challenges in the current complaint.”

The Affordable Care Act requires that employer-supplied health-care plans cover contraception. The archdiocese and 42 other Catholic organizations, including the University of Notre Dame and The Catholic University of America, filed lawsuits last year arguing that the mandate violates freedom of religion guaranteed in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Religious nonprofits have not been forced by the government to violate their conscience yet because the Obama administration  extended a “safe harbor” clause to religious non-profits that delayed enforcement of the mandate on them until at least after Aug. 1.

“While  we are disappointed by the decision, we are not discouraged in the   least because the judge based her dismissal solely on procedural  grounds; she  did not rule nor make any judgments on the merits of our  case,” a Catholic University spokesperson told The Washington Times.

The University of Notre Dame recently saw its lawsuit dismissed on similar grounds. Belmont Abbey College saw its lawsuit dismissed late last year only to see an appellate court reinstate it. Many expect the Administration to announce a change to the mandate in coming months.

There have been over 44 lawsuits against the mandate and over 130 plaintiffs.

EWTN to Televise Mass from The Catholic University of America

EWTN will reportedly be televising the annual Mass in honor of St. Thomas Aquinas at The Catholic University of America (CUA) in association with the Dominican House of Studies and the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA).

The Mass on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 12:10 p.m. will be held in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Crypt Church. Prior Provincial Very Rev. Brian Martin Mulcahy, O.P. will be the celebrant and homilist this year.

Students from nearby Archbishop Carroll High School and St. Anthony Catholic School will also participate.

“Two years ago we began the practice of inviting the National Catholic Educational Association, which comprises Catholic elementary and high schools throughout the country, to tune into our Mass of the Holy Spirit that is broadcast nationwide by EWTN,” said Catholic University President John Garvey in a release. “We thought it was a wonderful way for all of us to open the new academic year.

“While our 6,841 Catholic schools all across the country will be marking Catholic Schools Week with many local school and diocesan events, this national liturgy will serve as a powerful reminder of the ties that bind us together as Christ-centered places of learning,”  said Karen Ristau, NCEA president, in a release. “In this digital age, it is exciting to think that our Catholic school students from across the country can be brought together to celebrate the Mass of St. Thomas Aquinas.”

National Catholic Schools Week, founded in 1974, is a joint project of NCEA and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

G’Town Cites Catholic Identity in Dropping Affiliation with Adidas, But What of the Unborn?

Georgetown University has reportedly terminated its athletic sportswear contract with Adidas one year after the company was accused of failing to pay $1.8 million in severance to Indonesian workers after the factory shut down in 2011.

The University’s Licensing Oversight Committee — a body formed of students and administrators that monitors the university’s apparel contracts — recommended to the Office of the President last year that Georgetown terminate its contract with the corporation.

In a letter, Vice President for Public Affairs Erik Smulson said, “As a Catholic and Jesuit university, deeply committed to the dignity of all persons and human labor, Georgetown University is steadfast in its commitment to improving the working conditions and lives of workers involved in the production of apparel that bears its name or logo.”

Ironically, Georgetown still links to abortion giant Planned Parenthood on its websitehosted pro-abortion rights HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as a commencement day speaker last year, and even boasts of rabidly pro-abortion rights politicians such as Eleanor Holmes Norton on their faculty.

And recently, the Jesuit university hosted a one-sided forum on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

The forum called “Reproductive Rights 40 Years After Roe” was sponsored by the Georgetown Law chapter of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy. The event took place in the student center on the Jesuit campus yesterday. If one simply looks at the panelists it seems to have offered a very one-sided view of the abortion issue.

The panelists included:

Walter Dellinger, Partner, O’Melveny & Myers LLP; former Acting Solicitor General of the United States. Dellinger, according to the National Right to Life Coalition was “perhaps the most prominent legal advocate in the pro-abortion-rights movement.”

Marcia Greenberger, Co-President, National Women’s Law Center. She once reportedly called the fact that military hospitals don’t perform abortions “tragic.”

Helene Krasnoff, Assistant Director, Public Policy Litigation & Law, Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Recently, Krasnoff was quoted by NPR arguing that the state of Texas must be forced to fund Planned Parenthood.

Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas, Executive Director, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. In a recent piece, she argued against a ban on “race and sex-selection abortion.”

The moderator of the event was reportedly Caroline Fredrickson, President of the American Constitution Society, who once reportedly said, “Today, more than ever, we cannot take our right to reproductive freedom for granted. Anti-choice forces are moving full steam ahead to not only take away a woman’s right to choose an abortion but to limit access to birth control and other important reproductive health care.”

With all panelists and the moderator in agreement, one wonders what was left to discuss.

Thankfully, a number of students at Georgetown hosted The Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life at Georgetown University the day after The March for Life.

New Nun Tells How Faithful Catholic Education, Latin Mass Aided Her Discernment

A recent study commissioned by the U.S. bishops demonstrates the importance of Catholic education in people’s choosing to enter a religious order. Christendom College alumna Sr. Mary Jordan (Ida Friemoth, ’05) clearly attests to this in a piece she wrote that is now appearing on Christendom College’s website. Since its founding in 1977, there have been0 66 priests and 44 sisters who can point to Christendom as being instrumental in their choice of vocation, according to Christendom’s website.

Sr. Mary made her Solemn Profession of vows as a Dominican nun last year at the Monastery of St. Jude in Marbury, AL. Thankfully, she took the time to reflect on her time at Christendom College, and how it affected her discernment to the religious life:

My time at Christendom was very influential in forming me intellectually, spiritually, and culturally, and preparing me to discover God’s Will for my life here as a cloistered Dominican nun. I chose to attend Christendom because I desired to learn Truth, especially the truths of Thomistic philosophy and theology, and knew that at Christendom I could count on being taught according to the mind of the Church. During the course of my studies, I realized ever more fully that not only philosophy and theology, but all the classes fit together in presenting a coherent and lived Catholic worldview.

This education is of great value to me here in the monastery in two ways. First, the solid foundation in the thought of our Dominican Doctor, St. Thomas Aquinas, is an incomparable preparation for our doctrinal study as Dominican nuns, and even more so for understanding and living the virtuous life. Second, the broader foundation that a truly Catholic liberal arts education provides is an invaluable asset to the community as a whole. To know and to be able to enunciate the doctrine of the faith and its basic philosophical underpinnings is very rare in the world today, and is of great help in grasping, maintaining, and defending the essentials of the cloistered contemplative vocation.

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Another area in which my experience at Christendom directly led into my vocation is that of the liturgy. Never before had I experienced the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass offered in Latin, or been exposed on a consistent basis to the beautiful and formative riches of the classical polyphony and Gregorian chant regularly sung by Christendom’s Schola, Choir, and entire community. The reverence and sense of the sacred of the College chaplains also made a deep impression on me. When I first visited this monastery, I walked down the hall to the chapel for Vespers, completely unaware that the nuns sang the major hours of the Divine Office in Latin using their traditional Dominican chant. When I heard the nuns singing in Latin my heart soared; God was using the liturgical formation I received at Christendom to point out to me where He wished me to be His.

students Sister Mary Jordan, OP, with Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi and clergy, including recently ordained alumnus Fr. Fred Gruber (’06).

The cultural and social life of the College also played a role in preparing me to embrace this vocation. Through the example and support of friends, l joined the Legion of Mary, made St. Louis Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary, and began praying the Divine Office, all of which helped prepare me for my vocation as a Dominican nun. This is not to mention the good times of companionship and fun we shared in the context of the College community with its mix of faith, academics, and campus events. I remember one of my first days as a freshman, taking a walk with two new friends out to “Kelly’s field.” As we stood amid the tall grass, the Angelus rang from the College chapel. One of us led the prayers, and we genuflected there in the grass at the verse, “The Word was made flesh.” This is such a simple thing, but indicative of the culture which so many Christendom students strive successfully to create. Living this culture amid virtuous friendships helped me grow as a person and prepared me to embrace this solidarity on a spiritual level in the religious life, where we come together in the monastery to live as “one mind and heart in the Lord,” as our Rule of St. Augustine states.

students Sister Mary Jordan pronounces her vows in the hands of Mother Mary Joseph, OP.

Finally, although I studied at Christendom hoping to learn “what went wrong” with the culture in order to be able to “go out and fix it,” so that culture might again dispose men to holiness, I have discovered in the monastery the truth of what Peter Kreeft once said: that perhaps the most powerful warriors in the fight between the Culture of Life and the Culture of Death are the contemplatives spending hours a day in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. Those who are called to live in the world, working to restore all things in Christ in the family, workplace, or apostolate, are doing important and crucial work for the kingdom of God. Yet it is the life of prayer and sacrifice that is at the heart of every active work. Both are needed.

Every day the nuns here take turns keeping an Hour of Guard, praying the Rosary before Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament as Our Lady’s Guard of Honor. Someone is always there, in the chapel; interceding for the world. I learned at Christendom that the highest use of anything is to dedicate it to God. This is the reason for my vocation—to belong solely to God, on behalf of those with a mission like Christendom, and on behalf of the whole world.

G’Town Law Students for Reproductive Justice Holding Auditions for “Vagina Monologues”

Georgetown University’s Law Students for Reproductive Justice held auditions for the vile play Vagina Monologues last week, according to the university’s law school website. The auditions took place in the Gewirz Student Center on campus.

The obscene play distorts human sexuality by placing sinful activity in a favorable light, including lesbian activity and masturbation. It seems to take delight in reducing sexuality to the satiation of selfish pleasure and even declares a lesbian rape of a teenage girl her “salvation” which raised her into “a kind of heaven.”

The Cardinal Newman Society reported last year that nine Catholic colleges and universities hosted the depraved play in 2012. That was the lowest number of Catholic institutions to host the play in a single year. That was down from a high of 32 in 2003.

Bishop Blesses Christendom’s New Radio Station

Diocese of Arlington, Va. Bishop Paul S. Loverde recently celebrated Mass at Christendom College and blessed the radio tower and transmitter of the school’s new Catholic radio station WXDM 90.3 FM; the first Catholic radio station to broadcast from Virginia.

During his homily, the bishop reportedly commended the college on the launch of the station.

“How proud I am as your diocesan Bishop and Shepherd. How proud you all must be to witness today the inauguration of a grace-filled opportunity at Christendom by beginning your own local FM radio station with the call letters WXDM at 90.3,” Bishop Loverde said. “Through this modality, the good news will be transmitted to many people whom you and I would otherwise never reach or contact. And so, with you, I beseech our Blessed Lord to bless in every way and to prosper this good work, which [you] have undertaken.”

WXDM’s General Manager Niall O’Donnell quoting statistics provided by the Catholic Radio Association that 94% of Catholic radio listeners are more spiritually engaged and inspired, 47% attend Mass more frequently, and 31% have returned to the Church because of the programming. “With statistics like this, there is no doubt that our station will have a positive impact on our local community,” O’Donnell said.

WXDM is broadcasting the EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network, but in time hopes to offer some of its own programming. With a 190W-powered signal, the station covers the entire Front Royal area and reaches as far north as Winchester, Va., and as far south as Bentonville, Va.

Pro-Life Display at DePaul Vandalized

A pro-life display on the campus of DePaul University was destroyed yesterday on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

A university spokesperson told The Cardinal Newman Society that they’re investigating the incident.

The pro-life display made up of 500 blue and pink flags was erected, according to The Daily Caller, by the DePaul University chapter of  Young Americans for Freedom with the approval of the university’s administration, according to the group. The flags symbolized the millions of boys and girls who had been lost to abortion since Roe v. Wade legalized abortion 40 years ago.

At about 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday evening, club members reportedly returned to remove the display, but it turned out that someone had removed the flags and stuffed them into several trash bins.

Kristopher Del Campo, who chairs the DePaul YAF chapter, contacted public  safety officials, who are reportedly investigating the incident. “It is a sad thing to see that liberal minded students aren’t tolerable, and don’t respect the views of those who respect the lives of the unborn,” stated Del Campo in a release. “Especially on a campus of one of the nation’s largest Roman Catholic institutions, such as DePaul University.”

Kate Edwards of YAF told The Cardinal Newman Society that students are meeting with DePaul’s public safety officials this afternoon.

Jesuit Bioethicist to Speak at Wyoming Catholic College

Bioethicist Fr. Kevin FitzGerald, SJ, Associate Professor and David Lauler Chair for Catholic Health Care Ethics at Georgetown University, will visit Wyoming Catholic College to speak on “Bioethics in 21st-Century Genomic Medicine: The Catholic Contribution.” The talk is part of the Sharing Wisdom Lecture Series.

Fr. FitzGerald, an expert on ethical issues in personalized medicine, pharmacogenomics, human cloning research, stem cell research and genetic testing, is a member of the Center for Clinical Bioethics, the Advisory Board for the Center for Infectious Disease (CID) and the Angiogenesis, Invasion, Metastasis Program at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The lecture will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 1st, and will be held in The Fremont Room of the Best Western Inn, located at 260 Grandview Drive in Lander, Wyoming. The talk will be followed by light refreshments and a Q&A period. As always, these lectures are open to the public, and are presented free of charge.

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Study: Catholic Education Influences Choice to Become Nun, Brother

Catholic education in high school and especially in college stands out as a significant factor in men and women choosing to enter a religious order, according to an annual survey of Sisters and Brothers who recently professed perpetual vows, according to a new study commissioned by the U.S. bishops’ Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations.

The survey “New Sisters and Brothers Professing Perpetual Vows in Religious Life,” conducted by the Georgetown University-based Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), confirms the importance of Catholic education.

About four in ten religious (43 percent) attended a Catholic elementary school, about the same as that for all U.S. Catholic adults (42 percent). These respondents, however, are more likely than other U.S. Catholics to have attended a Catholic high school (36 percent of the religious, compared to 22 percent of U.S. adult Catholics overall) and much more likely to have attended a Catholic college (33 percent of the religious, compared to just 7 percent of U.S. adult Catholics overall).

The religious are highly educated. Twenty-two percent earned a graduate degree before entering their order (including 37 percent of brothers and 19 percent of sisters/nuns).  Six in ten (60 percent) entered their order with at least a bachelor’s degree or more (58 percent for women and 70 percent for men).

Researchers reportedly surveyed religious who professed perpetual vows in 2012, reaching a total of 108 sisters and 24 brothers, a response rate of 85 percent of the 156 potential members of the Profession Class of 2012 identified to CARA by their religious superior.

Christendom to Host Thomistic Scholar

Thomistic scholar and author, Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P., will deliver the annual St. Thomas Aquinas Lecture on Monday, January 28.

Fr. White, who  converted to Catholicism in college, in part from the influence of reading the letters of Flannery O’Connor, entered the Dominicans in 2003 and was ordained a priest in 2008. He currently teaches theology at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C., and is the director of its Thomistic Institute. He is the author of Wisdom in the Face of Modernity: A Study in Thomistic Natural Theology and his talk, entitled How Does the Resurrection of Christ Illumine Human Reason? From Benedict XVI to St. Thomas Aquinas, is open to the public.

Christendom College hosts a distinguished speaker each year on or around the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas (January 28) to speak on a philosophical or theological topic.

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