Sunday, 13 August 2017

Quo Vadis, indeed!

A blessed Lord's Day to you all.

Another blogger wrote yesterday that blogging this past week was slow. That was the case here too, but it was not because there was nothing to blog about or I was going through kind of self-doubt. On Wednesday, my 8 year old Lenova Thinkpad R61 fried, it truly did its best with Windows 10. Now that I have my fancy new Lenova Ideapad, we're back on track.


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When I began this blog back in February 2006, it was to post the music list and liturgical information for the choir and any interested parishioners at my territorial parish in Toronto where I had begun a choir. After a while, as I read a few other blogs, Father Z and the New Liturgical Movement specifically, I came to realise more about how blogs worked, how we could communicate and learn from one another, and on a personal level, how a blog could also be an outlet for ones thoughts about the issues facing the Church and the broader culture. The nature of my posts and writing gradually took on a different theme. To be truthful, it also provided an outlet, if the Catholic paper would not print my letters, then I would. If the call or email to the bishop was ignored, there was another option.

Under Pope Benedict XVI (I do not accept the title, "Emeritus"), blogging was pretty straightforward. We had a Pope we loved and whom we saw working on a restoration,  We accepted his "hermeneutic of continuity." and we went about our work. I wrote about liturgy and other matters and stood with the Pope and the Bishops in the matter of the new Missal for the modernist rite and worked to promote the "extraordinary form." In fact, I worked weekly in both, as some of you will recall.

In February and March 2013, all that changed. Two years later, in 2015, I faced a major challenge because of my work here and that is recalled permanently to the immediate left. With the prayers of you, a certain Cardinal, a certain Bishop and many priests, I emerged from that scandalous and repugnant episode. People offered thousands of dollars to aid my fight. Make no mistake, the persecution against me has continued behind the scenes, but they will not succeed.

There has been a cost to this blog. There has never been a request for money, unlike some others.  I've been threatened with a lawsuit, received countless harassing emails, other threats of which I cannot speak and the loss of friendships from hypocrites who ate my food, accepted my hospitality but can't stomach the truth.

My job here has been to wake up Catholics and through that, in whatever small way, help people understand and get through this dark crisis in the Church.

Image result for throwing in the towelSome may take an approach that we should no longer report on the harrowing episodes of those who have infiltrated the Church to destroy Her and your faith. They would rather now take a more passive approach and speak of butterflies and meadows and all things bright and beautiful as if doing otherwise has played in to the hands of the enemy. I understand the emotions that lead one to want to walk in the meadow. I do not accept that it is what we need to do. I won't be throwing in the towel, I will use it to wipe the sweat from my brow and trust that God will give me the fortitude to get in for another round.

No doubt, the enemy is well pleased at the throwing in of the towel by those who have such an incredible reach. After all, hundreds of thousands of visitors a month can now just look at little kittens, they're so soft and furry.




47 comments:

Wolverine said...

Thank you...tired of all the cuckolded Catholics!

Steve D said...

We're with you all the way Vox; until the end!

Anonymous said...

Prayers and much love Vox.

Karen said...

I too am a regular reader and supporter in the ways I am able of traditional Catholic bloggers but I think you have made an unfair accusation in this post. Burnout is a real thing; I experience it jus in READING the constant bad news. Mr. Skojec did not say he was giving up, just trying to find a way for other like minded Catholics to connect. I don't believe he's "throwing in the towel ". Uncharitable statements such as the above will get us nowhere. God bless. I'll pray you rethink this issue.

TLM said...

I keep you and all the other faithful militant bloggers in my Rosary every day. What Steve conveyed in his post on pulling back just a bit was that he wanted to be more 'discriminate' of his writing that reports only of the scandals and apostasy currently in full swing from the current Papacy. He said he absolutely will not cease entirely because it's his duty not to, but he wants to include faith building posts as well, and limit the negative posts to about maybe one a week, and/or to the important news coming from Rome. From the view from here, I do believe he is burning out somewhat. I think that there is SO MUCH bad news coming from the Church and the Vatican in particular, that it's really hard to keep up with. I have read faithful bloggers that have said: "I just can't keep up with all of it, it comes on a daily basis." (herein is where I think some are having real problems, and this seems to be the crux of it all.....understandably so!!) One of the biggest problems is 'overload' and becoming overwhelmed.

I will of course, continue to pray for you Vox and Steve, and so many others that are in the trenches trying to keep us informed. You all need the GRACE to continue on as best as you can
to sound the trumpets. I pray for strength, endurance, courage and direction for ALL OF YOU.
May Our Lady of Fatima guide you ALL and give you all the support of grace you need! AMEN!!

susan said...

Vox....you are an UTTERLY magnificent man and a mighty warrior. God bless you, and may I add....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAryFIuRxmQ

Barbara Jensen said...

So glad to hear you say this, dear Vox. This is why, after I check a couple of aggregate sites, I click onto your site every morning with my first cup of coffee. You speak clearly and forcefully. You do not use your site as a form of therapy, nor do you ask for money that people do not have. You give the clear impression of not trying to build your reputation, nor do you engage in useless 'processing' of issues. Most of all, I feel free to speak what I really think without wondering if you will ban me from commenting because I do not stroke you and adulate your thoughts or your opinions. This makes for clear and honest discourse. Thank you for Vox Cantoris. I consider it 'home' in my blogging world.

Vox Cantoris said...

I see no lack of charity here in my post which is more than I can say for a comment he left me on Facebook

Mark Docherty said...

Go Vox! I'm with you. Every salvo just seems to steel my resolve. It's about adopting a certain bearing. For some people this can be difficult, and burnout comes into play. This isn't the first time Steve has written about his struggle, and I will continue to pray for him about this. As for me, it's all warrior all the time.

Ana Milan said...

The last people we want to submit to are the homosexual mafia at present residing in Rome & its Episcopates worldwide. They do not adhere to the Scriptures & Dogma of the True Faith, always trying to twist their meaning to bring Jesus up-to-date (there were no recorders in those days, remember) implying that He did not give us the Ten Commandments for all time & for all mankind to follow. They are actively attempting to alter the Word of God to plaster over their own rampant sodomy, as yet unpunished by the all-merciful PF, & have done untold damage to the Bride of Christ without much opposition from within. They are Marxist imposters & those websites imposing unnecessary vigilance on posters for fear of offending such men are actually supporting their agenda – a NWO Church devoid of God preaching no Hell, no sin, only mercy (except if one opposes their belief system) & shouldn’t be supported.

The saddest outcome of the fight we have to persist in against these monsters is Catholics going against Catholics, putting political acronyms of various meanings before the word ‘Catholic’ which they consider appropriate. Instead of unifying against the enemies of God they give them a clear field to propagate false teaching. Burn-out can, indeed, be a problem as a result of the constant deluge of nastiness coming from the centre of Christendom & also funds to promote the apostolate, but if we believe we are doing God’s bidding then we must persevere. He will set to right all problems for those who work for Him. Waver, & Satan steps in.

TLM said...

Nope, I don't see anything uncharitable either Vox. And, I think that some insight as to the pitfalls that faithful Catholic bloggers face, helps to see the situation for what it is. I am with Barbara and I'm sure many others in that I come here EVERY morning usually after my Rosary to check you out. (and yes, with my morning coffee:) You and all the others ALWAYS in my prayers. You guys are absolutely in the trenches
fighting the diabolical. Can't remember which Priest I heard this from, but he recommended us to all say the St. Michael prayer as well several times a day, especially NOW.

Anonymous said...

There is no lack of charity here . THIS IS THE BUZZWORD ( uncharitable ) when certain types of Catholics won't support Truth NO MATTER HOW TOUGH IT SOUNDS .
Our Lord was brutally tortured and killed by those who would not support TRUTH from Our Lord.
I am an American like Karen and reside in the heart of the Catholic Midwest.
Sorry Karen, you embrace liberalism abd modernism with your talking points.
TRUTH ALWAYS TRUTH.
As they say Vox in the US MARINE CORPS

Semper Fidelis and OORAH!

Got your six, brother .

Anonymous said...

I read on another blog that a blogger was been sued by a priest , so I clicked on the link to see what the fuss was about,and have been reading your blog ever since.I'm sure there are many others who did the same.So that would be suer brought a lot of traffic to your site .The Lord works in mysterious ways.

Peter Lamb said...

Show me one other R&R blog that will allow a sedevacantist to speak freely. I don't call him Vox, I call him Miles Christi.

Anonymous said...

Surrender is not an option!

Barona said...

Anonymous 12:09,

You accuse Karen of "liberalism" and "modernism", based on "talking points". It would be very helpful if you pointed out precisely where Karen lapsed into liberalism or modernism. Did she reject e.g. Mirari Vos, Quas Primas, or imply their rejection? Or, did she promote religious liberty, religious pluralism, separation of CHurch and State? Did she question immanentism or historicism etc.?

Before throwing around words you must be very careful in what you do. I would be very interested in further details on Karen's "liberalism" and "modernism".

Anonymous said...

Deus vult

Kathleen said...

The first big wave of destruction directed towards Holy Mother Church was met largely by silence.

That silence worked to the benefit of the servants of the enemy.

We are in the middle of an overwhelming wave of destruction.

Thank you, Vox, for shouting to the hilltops in the face of it.

When they came to march people off to the gulags they intentionally came QUIETLY in the dead of night so as to NOT stir up RESISTANCE.

When they come for you and those you love making AS MUCH NOISE AS POSSIBLE, in the face of the predictable repercussions, is THE most charitable thing one can do for their brothers.

To stir one's brother up to defense and resistance IS charity.

It has to drag one down covering it. I can absolutely understand that.

But I deeply appreciate you, Vox, and those shouting in defense of our Mother.

Anonymous said...

Having only looked into traditional blogs after the Bergoglio started giving me the creeps, I always wondered what they were like under Benedict and John Paul - if indeed, they were even around then. Thanks for sharing a brief history of your blogging and for Heaven's sake, keep up the good work!

Dorota Mosiewicz-Patalas said...

Finally you showed a video about me. On one occasion, while discussing gender ideology, I noticed the entire party move to the other side of the room, one by one, within seconds from one another. The old lady who stayed with me said: 'Well, I am sure you are right, and they will all admit it 10 years from now'. If I have ever learned anything, it is the following: They will never admit to having been misguided. They will always go with the flow, and they will never take responsibility for having said nothing in face of evil. Because evil is simply not going with the flow.

Don't think I am bitter. Just saying.

Thank you Vox Cantoris for not getting in line, for sticking out like a sore thumb, being a nuisance, being shamelessly judgmental of hypocrisy and cognitive dissonance in an era of moral relativism, for being discerning - therefore divisive, and for not loving lies and stupidity.

charles feicht said...

You're a warrior Vox. Great respect to you.

Anonymous said...

The generation of Catholics around at the time of Vatican 2 were brought up with the attitude one never questions a priest,much less a Bishop ,you obeyed ,that is why they were were able to rip the Altars out of the Churches ,people were shocked at what was happening ,the innovators used the peoples obedience and awe of the Church against them.

Elizanna said...

Bravo, Vox. People like me,i.e., septuagenarian old women who are reverts to the Church and still learning about the faith we left decades ago, depend on folks like you to speak for us. We pray for you every day that you will keep up the good fight. I pray for Steve and Hilary as well, and am saddened that they seem to be withdrawing from the front lines. You guys are the soldiers in this fight, and folks like me are the supply sergeants, keeping you in weapons and ammo through our prayers and sacrifices. We have neither the talent nor the calling to do what you do so we support you as we are able. I understand and feel their frustration, but I believe they are misguided in drawing back. St. Catherine of Sienna said, "We have had enough of exhortations to be silent. Cry out with a hundred thousand tongues! I see the world is rotten because of silence."

And I dare say so is the Vatican.

http://www.barnhardt.biz/2017/07/04/watermelon-tobasco-and-ire/

Read the above for a good explanation of why a good dose of righteous anger is JUST what we DO need. So say St. John Chrysostom and St. Thomas Aquinas. Yeah, the bloggers are tired; we're all tired, but we're all we've got.As Hilary herself once said: "We. Are. On. Our. Own." It should be obvious by now that no one in the ranks of clerics or prelates is going to do one damn thing, including the Dubia brothers. So let us pick ourselves up and get on with it. Bloggers, blog. Writers write. Speakers, speak. And all of us fast and pray that God will intervene and soon. Viva Christo Rey!

Dymphna said...

I doubt that Steve is going anywhere or that he will turn his blog into a daddyblog or happy news only blog. Every now and then he complains about how hard it all is and his fans cheer him up. That's all this is.

cmm said...

Vox:

We need people like you to keep us informed. There are too many Catholics who have no idea what's going on. Yes, it's hard to see the damage Francis and his cronies are doing; however, without informed comments by people like yourself, many Catholics wouldn't be able to properly discern what' happening to our beloved Church. Keep up the good work.

Michael Ortiz said...

You've got my prayers, poor as they sometimes are!

Laramie Hirsch said...

I will continue to support and link to Vox Cantor from my own site.

Keep up the good work, sir. I admire a lot of what you do.

Anonymous said...

Semper Fi, Vox.
Woody

Lover of the Truth only said...

I just want to say Thank you , thank you, thank you Vox. You ae always in my prayers, and Roaries and you are truly a warrior and lover Of Jesus , Our Blessed Virgin Mother and Queen Mary, St. Joseph and all the Saints and Angels and you truly love the Church and are an example of what pleases Almighty God. I look no further than your blog and because you have the courage and true charity to speak for Christ and defend what He has always said and His Church. You also have some amazing visitors to your blog, but I dare say, it is your humility and ability to show honesty and ,also a trait far too rare amongst bloggers I notice unfortunately, and those claiming humility,the virtue of admitting right away, or as soon as possible, when you have erred, and askinbg pardon. Trust me... that also stands out, from so many peole who soeak about all the wrongs but always are speaking in the second person not as one who has true humilty, and speaks as being included in the people needing to look at their sins etc. I.e. speaking in the first person or as we, or speaking of how they often point fingers but never look at their own conduct and need for a personal moral inventory. You do, and it is obvious. Nor do you use excessive profanity which some do, and think they can justify it. Nonsense ,it is agaisnt the Commandments, and far too many so called lovers of Truth, do use profane alnguage and even laugh about it, attemtping to rationalize their use of it. It is often they too, who who need to take a good look at their own conduct before always speaking inthe "you need to...or you sinners etc." tonenot even realizing in their own hidden pride that the very sonful conduct they accuse others of, they too are guilty of, as they lecture, to others from some imaginary ivory tower , and in generalizations which is itself ,not virutuous, and is laden with its own type of pride. Read Corinthians 13, If you speak with the tongues of men with all knowledge, and prophecy, etc, and have not true Charity, you are nothing more than a loud gong, etc. Love is patient, love is kind...It always protects,, always trusts,always hopes, always persevers, LOVE NEVER FAILS. You call a spade a spade , but you do it with humilty,and again your love of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour's Church is why I always look forward to your blog first. You love Truth, that is obvious and all who truly seek Truth will want to visit, return, and stay, once they have found your blog.
May God richly bless you and yours with His Love, Courage, Zeal and Fortitude, and all the graces neccessary, to continue fighting the (only) good fight worth fighting, i.e. the fight for Jesus His Church and Truth always, no matter what.
Thank you again
Mrs. Frances Wilkinson

Peter Lamb said...

Dear Anonymous @ 3:52, You are so correct. We trusted our Priest, our Bishop, our Pope. Remember the sense of Sacredness and awe upon entering a church? If anybody spoke, it was in the softest of whispers. Everybody genuflected most solemnly. Nobody could have dreamed what was coming. They operated with the cunning of their master, satan. Even at the centre only a few raised the alarm - Cardinals Ottaviani, Bacci, Fr. Villa, Fr. des Lauriers, Fr. Gommar de Pauw. Even Fr. Lefebvre, who was a relatively late comer, could never really believe what he knew. The Immaculate Heart will triumph and one day we will be back where we were.

TLM said...

Correct you are Elizanna! 'WE.ARE.ON.OUR.OWN. None of the Dubia 'Brothers' as you put it are going to do a damn thing. So we pray, sacrifice and support one another. Just because we are the little pee on 'pewsitters' doesn't mean we're chopped liver. The laity are going to some day (and looks like soon) save the Church.

And yes, Anonymous, we were so blindly obedient, naive, and in total awe of our Churchmen, that we followed along with all the destruction. They knew better than we did ya know! And besides you don't dare disobey or even question a PRIEST!! That mind set is still lingering among some. If I look back, however, the first real wake up call was the earthquake of the sexual abuse crisis. The Lord at least managed to wake us from our slumber enough to be watchful. And now we are seeing just how wide spread and how deep the debauchery and the corruption has permeated. Even to the very top of the Church. Our Lady of Fatima pray for us!

Michael Dowd said...

Good work Vox. You are making a difference and getting attention as proof. Keep up your excellent work. I will be praying that you continue in the trenches making the bastards nervous. Blog and prayer. Blog and prayer. God will help.

Anonymous said...

You have said what needs to be said, and said it with discretion. Keep up the good work.

xsosdid said...

..."But when [evil] seems triumphant and when authority abuses its power, committing all manner of injustice and oppressing the weak, their ruin shall be near. They will fall and crash to the ground...."
“....To be delivered from the slavery of these heresies, those whom the merciful love of my Son has destined for this restoration will need great will-power, perseverance, courage, and confidence in God. To try the faith and trust of these just ones, there will be times when all will seem lost and paralyzed. It will then be the happy beginning of the complete restoration…."

Our Lady of Good Success, Quito, Ecuador

St. Benedict's Thistle said...

I check your blog everyday and appreciate your unyielding stance. It is really about having faith in the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen...meaning our Church will triumph no matter the current situation. Some get tired and discouraged because they are taking on a yoke not from Christ. We must always realize that Christ is in charge, He is the evidence of things not seen. Our job is, having done all, to stand. Thank you for standing.

Charmaine said...

Peter Lamb said...
Show me one other R&R blog that will allow a sedevacantist to speak freely. -- You mean you don't read Louie Verrecchio's akacatholic.com? blog? You'd be very pleased to be in the company of your fellow sedevacantists (I am not one, btw) who happen to frequent the combox there. :)

Anonymous said...

Keep up the good work Vox...it is indispensable at this time.

Thank you for all you do!

Michael

Kathleen1031 said...

Thank you Vox, for all you have done and do. This nightmare would have been far more horrible without the information and encouragement we get from the blogs. I am not embarrassed to say I have come to rely on the blogs for information, because for decades I well remember walking around and wondering, what on earth is going on? Then blogs were created and I knew, which is vastly better than the wondering.
Steve is not sure what to do from this point on and I appreciate his candor. He should be thoughtful at times, it is a big responsibility and it is obvious all blogs, that I read anyway, are dead serious about the faith. We are all tired, but bloggers are probably more tired at times, much more tired, so it seems natural to stop and question as he has. He has a family, and must provide for them and consider them as well. I don't blame anyone if they stop blogging altogether. They have lives as well.
We are fatigued, and the world grows darker and uglier by the very day. We all see it, a spirit of anger and venom is infecting our world. Satan is having his field day. We should resist this, and not become a volatile, circular firing squad, shooting each other out of sheer frustration for our difficult times. We are a tiny remnant, a fragment, we are smaller than I thought even six months or a year ago. There is a great deal of pressure being applied. We need to keep our heads and if possible, our actual allies.

Peter Lamb said...

Charmaine, Louis banned me long ago. :) I was probably one of the earliest sedes on his blog. I only knew of one other, who occasionally piped up, whilst I was very active. Only thing different about us sedes is we say an heretic cannot become pope, because he is not a Catholic and that if a Pope were to become an heretic he would ipso facto fall automatically from office, his having left the Church. And Catholic doctrine backs us fully. Everything else in this modernist mess flows from the simple doctrinal fact that an heretic excommunicates himself. All the conciliar "popes" were/are demonstrable heretics therefore - false council, false liturgy, invalid sacraments, false novus ordo church and false "pope". Catholic dogma is pretty simple, logical and comprehensible.

Irenaeus said...

Spot on, just ... spot on. Timely, too. Thank you for all that you do, Vox.

Anonymous said...

I think you hit the nail on the head w/the word: MONEY. When I read the post, I couldn't believe what I was reading. Seems like he's moving right into Michael Voris territory w/his friend Hillary White who's shut down her big mouth blog criticizing the pope. Why? Here's the reason 1P5 gives: "My friend Hilary White said to me recently that she thinks we’ve been hoodwinked into playing the enemy’s game. That they do something awful, and we react. Again and again, this cycle repeats itself, until we suddenly realize that we’ve long since been dancing to their tune. You may have noticed that she shut down her blog, What’s Up With the Synod? These realizations — and the alarming awareness that this isn’t good for any of us — were among the reasons she made that decision."

See they're not going to criticize da pope no more. What they're gonna do is exactly what Church Militant does: “Focus on becoming a saint,” the bishop replied. “Taking action can only accomplish so much, but one saint can convert an entire country....We need to study our faith. To re-learn it, or even to learn it for the first time. There are a lot of young Catholics now looking to tradition. They haven’t read the books. ... We need to get serious about providing resources for people to grow in their faith, not just show them the horror show in Rome and hope they don’t lose it."

Like I say, sure would like to know who's providing the money, but I know it's some VC2 group. This is where they lost me, but you people also lose me: "Now, the challenge is keeping the people who have woken up from jumping ship." If the ship is headed to hell, there's only one thing to do--unless you want to go to hell--and that is to jump ship. Luther, atheists, Jews, Buddhists everything is on board boat, but Jesus Christ, but somehow you people stay on board. Sit in the pews. Now if it was Hitler and you all were stayin' Nazis to make the party good would you stay? St. Paul tells the congregation to expel the evil doer from amongst them (1 Corinthians 5:13). If the evil doers are being welcomed into the congregation, then you are in the midst of false teachers. And what do the apostles teach about false teachers? As we said before, so now I say again: "If any one preach to you a gospel, besides that which you have received, let him be anathema." (Gal 1:9) But you all think you can sit on the pews and SAY NOTHING but then post on blogs and that excuses you, but it's just like those who sat in the Nazi meetings--they are Nazis and they are accountable for the deeds of the Nazis. If you all (and 1P5, the Remnant, the Vortex, Canon 212) all of you who sit in the pews are violating God's teaching and are endangering your souls. If you stood up in the CHURCH and denounced the CCHD, or the CRS, or the promoting of sodomy, or communion in the hand, or the priest's butt to the tabernacle, or the teaching of heresy to your children, you would be excommunicated. But because you sit and say nothing you will go to hell w/the ship you're on. It is you w/your $5 that is enabling this heresy to continue.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe that Steve would do anything like that. (Then again, I'm not on FB.)

Anonymous said...

"Fr. Lefebvre"??? Do you mean Archbishop Lefebvre? If so, why are you referring to him as "Fr."?

ProLIFEmommy said...

You are a diamond in these rough times within the Church, Vox. I am grateful to God for you!

Peter Lamb said...

Anonymous @ 9:51, No disrespect intended. "Father" applies to Priests, Bishops, Cardinals and Popes. :) God bless Archbishop Lefebvre.

Peter Lamb said...

Anonymous @ 9:14, Amem, Amen, Amen! Please do not go away. Comment more. Here is truth, common sense, sound theology and Catholic obedience rolled into one:

" If the ship is headed to hell, there's only one thing to do--unless you want to go to hell--and that is to jump ship[!] Luther, atheists, Jews, Buddhists,[all are] on board [the] boat, [ all except] Jesus Christ ... Now if it was Hitler ... would you stay [to reform the party from within]? St. Paul tells the congregation to expel the evil doer ... (1 Corinthians 5:13). If the evil doers are being welcomed into the congregation, then you are in the midst of false teachers. And what do the apostles teach about false teachers? ... "If any one preach to you a gospel, besides that which you have received, let him be anathema." (Gal 1:9) But you all think you can [stay] on the pews ... but it's just like those who sat in the Nazi meetings--they are Nazis and they are accountable for the deeds of the Nazis."

Anonymous said...

"Only thing different about us sedes is we say an heretic cannot become pope..."

A *manifest heretic* who has already been declared so by the Church cannot become pope. All the VII popes and bishops have NOT been declared heretics by *the Church* and are considered in good standing. Until the *Church* declares otherwise, they are valid popes and bishops.

"...because he is not a Catholic and that if a Pope were to become an heretic he would ipso facto fall automatically from office, his having left the Church."

ONLY the Church has the authority to declare who is a heretic - NOT you, me or anyone else.

"And Catholic doctrine backs us fully." Baloney! You can twist Bellarmine, Suarez, and the Fathers and Doctors of the Church as much as you like, yet Catholic doctrine (pre-VII) refutes you.


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