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IFI's LaBarbera Calls on Catholics to Reject Gay 'Rainbow Sash' Activism
Yahoo News ^ | May 15, 2005 | U.S. Newswire

Posted on 05/15/2005 1:10:53 PM PDT by NYer

CHICAGO, May 15 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Peter LaBarbera, executive director of Illinois Family Institute, released the following statement today in response to the latest protest by the homosexual group "Rainbow Sash" in Catholic churches on Pentecost Sunday (May 15):

"Illinois Family Institute encourages Catholics throughout Illinois to ignore the homosexual activist group 'Rainbow Sash,' which stoops to a new low by using the Sunday Mass as a platform for advancing a sinful lifestyle. We applaud Cardinal Francis George of Chicago for properly rejecting Rainbow Sash demands-- and for not welcoming them as have some Catholic leaders, including Cardinal Roger Mahoney of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

"Rainbow Sash seeks to overturn ancient Catholic teachings by celebrating homosexual unions and even 'gay marriage.' Catholic doctrine is clear: people struggling with homosexuality are to be treated with compassion and respect, yet homosexual acts are 'intrinsically disordered,' constitute 'grave depravity,' and "under no circumstances can they be approved.'

"Rainbow Sash is a reminder that the greatest corruption to religion in modern America comes from the Left, not the Right. Rather than humbly seeking to conform to God's image, social leftists are determined to conform Him to theirs. While the prophets of old preached holy truths to a stubborn people, left- wing groups like Rainbow Sash and Equality Illinois lecture the Church and Christians in general for adhering--that is, being faithful, like Cardinal George--to traditional Biblical truths. They are the emissaries of a self-centered spirituality grounded in their own feelings and desires, not the loving dictates of a holy God.

"Moreover, the arrogant protests of Rainbow Sash--disrupting church services to display their homosexuality-affirming colors-- are yet another reminder of the fruits of 'gay' activism. Everywhere Americans turn these days, they are confronted by-- yes, obnoxious--homosexual activism. When they turn on the evening news, they see two men kissing as the commentators discuss 'gay marriage.' When they send their kids to school, they are shocked to learn that the lesson today was about why having two mommies is no worse than having a mom and a dad. Thanks to our city leaders, next summer in Chicago, we'll all be subjected to the spectacle of the "Gay Games."

And now, even in the sanctuary of church, Americans are not free from 'gay' agitation. Perhaps the desperate, ubiquitous demands for approval of their unnatural behavior are a sign that deep down, people practicing homosexuality know they are not living right. Now is the time for them to heed the muffled call of their Christ-informed conscience rather than the confused cry of angry 'gay' crusaders whose ultimate argument is with God Himself."


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections; US: California; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: activism; catholic; catholics; chicago; gay; homosexual; homosexualagenda; labarbera; pentecost; peterlabarbera; rainbowsash; religiousleft
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1 posted on 05/15/2005 1:10:54 PM PDT by NYer
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To: NYer

Tell me that is not St. Patricks.


2 posted on 05/15/2005 1:12:27 PM PDT by mware ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche........ "Nope, you are"-- GOD)
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To: NYer

What church is that?


3 posted on 05/15/2005 1:13:44 PM PDT by StAthanasiustheGreat (Vocatus Atque Non Vocatus Deus Aderit)
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To: american colleen; Lady In Blue; Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; ...

Anyone attend Mass at the Cathedral in IL this morning? Please post reactions ... thanks.

Catholic Ping
Please freepmail me if you want on/off this list


4 posted on 05/15/2005 1:15:14 PM PDT by NYer ("Love without truth is blind; Truth without love is empty." - Pope Benedict XVI)
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To: NWU Army ROTC
Whatever church it is, it needs to be consecrated again.
5 posted on 05/15/2005 1:15:37 PM PDT by mware ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche........ "Nope, you are"-- GOD)
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To: NYer
Did the priest allow them to partake in the Eucharist??
6 posted on 05/15/2005 1:16:47 PM PDT by mware ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche........ "Nope, you are"-- GOD)
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To: mware

My fiancee did not see any sashers at the 11am Mass at the Cathedral. The first picture on the thread though, wonder what Cathedral that is. Agreed, reconsecration needed.


7 posted on 05/15/2005 1:16:56 PM PDT by StAthanasiustheGreat (Vocatus Atque Non Vocatus Deus Aderit)
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To: NWU Army ROTC

No sashes at the 10:00 Mass at my parish either.


8 posted on 05/15/2005 1:18:16 PM PDT by mware ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche........ "Nope, you are"-- GOD)
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To: NWU Army ROTC; mware
No ... not St. Patrick's.

The photo in post #1 was taken at Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral last year when Cardinal George refused communion to those wearing Rainbow Sashes. This was his statement:

"Eucharist is not a place to deform the meaning of our beliefs," the cardinal added. "Our most profound act of worship is receiving holy Communion. We can talk this through in other places, but not make the Eucharist a statement -- except that this is the body of Christ and we receive it on his terms."

9 posted on 05/15/2005 1:20:05 PM PDT by NYer ("Love without truth is blind; Truth without love is empty." - Pope Benedict XVI)
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To: NYer

Good for Cardinal George. Sure wish that Pope Benedict had chosen him as Defender of the Faith.


10 posted on 05/15/2005 1:22:29 PM PDT by mware ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche........ "Nope, you are"-- GOD)
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To: NYer
I didn't see any rainbow sashes at our cathedral today, at least not from the choir loft view.
11 posted on 05/15/2005 1:25:11 PM PDT by k omalley (Caro Enim Mea, Vere est Cibus, et Sanguis Meus, Vere est Potus)
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To: NWU Army ROTC; mware; little jeremiah
No ... the Cathedral does not need to be reconsecrated; they were not served communion.

Okay ... the stories are now beginning to break. This is from this morning's Mass at the Cathedral in St. Paul, Minnesota.


AP - Sun May 15, 3:50 PM ET

Members of The Rainbow Sash Alliance enter the Cathedral of St. Paul, Minn., Sunday, May 15, 2005. A group of about 100 gay Roman Catholics and their supporters were denied Holy Communion at Pentecost Mass at the cathedral. The Rainbow Sash Alliance has been taking Communion on Pentecost at the Cathedral for the past four years, but Archbishop Harry Flynn changed the policy this year. (AP Photo/Janet Hostetter)

12 posted on 05/15/2005 1:27:22 PM PDT by NYer ("Love without truth is blind; Truth without love is empty." - Pope Benedict XVI)
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To: NYer

How sad.


13 posted on 05/15/2005 1:28:14 PM PDT by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Legislatures are so outdated. If you want real political victory, take your issue to court.)
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To: NWU Army ROTC; mware; k omalley; All
And here's another from this morning.


AP - Sun May 15, 4:04 PM ET

Charlie LaPierre, right, greets Rainbow Sash Alliance supporters outside the Cathedral of St. Paul, in St. Paul, Minn., Sunday, May 15, 2005. A group of about 100 gay Roman Catholics and their supporters were denied Holy Communion at Pentecost Mass at the Cathedral. The Rainbow Sash Alliance has been taking Communion on Pentecost at the Cathedral for the past four years, but Archbishop Harry Flynn changed the policy this year. (AP Photo/Janet Hostetter)

14 posted on 05/15/2005 1:30:13 PM PDT by NYer ("Love without truth is blind; Truth without love is empty." - Pope Benedict XVI)
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To: NYer; Mrs. Don-o
I am not a Catholic, but do sometimes attend Mass; and if I ever were to see a self identified disordered one making a spectacle out of Holy Communion, I would go physical on him/her/whatever.

Kudos to the bishops who are growing spines for whatever reason.

15 posted on 05/15/2005 1:37:26 PM PDT by don-o (Don't be a Freeploader. Do the right thing and become a Monthly Donor!)
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To: NYer

This is such a sad thing to see. Thankful they were denied communion and thankful this is not something we have to deal with in my parish. I pray that these people will learn why they were denied and make some life changes. I fear they are lost!


16 posted on 05/15/2005 1:49:49 PM PDT by samiam1972 (Live simply so that others may simply live!)
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To: mware

More like exorcised.


17 posted on 05/15/2005 1:58:34 PM PDT by John Will
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To: NYer; All

Does anyone know if Archbishop Levada's Mass had the Rainbow Slashers attending??


18 posted on 05/15/2005 2:35:26 PM PDT by Fred
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To: NYer; All

Does anyone know if Archbishop Levada's Mass had the Rainbow Slashers attending??


19 posted on 05/15/2005 2:35:40 PM PDT by Fred
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To: don-o

I've said this before and I'll say it again: just about eveybody has had some disordered sexual behavior in their life. Or, if not sexual --- fornication, divorce, contraception, adultery, whatever --- then some disorder of SOME kind, including things like alcoholism and eating disorders.

The point here is not that "people with sexual disorders can't receive Communion." The point is that you repent your sins, you confess your sins, you face up to the fact that you have some weakness or kinks in your character that need some repair, and you seek our merciful, powerful Savior for healing and redemption.

You don't come up for Communion wearing a button, badge, sash or T-shirt proclaiming pride about your particular moral difficulty.


20 posted on 05/15/2005 2:39:04 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (He's XVI... he's beautiful.... and he's mine.)
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To: NYer

I'm not Catholic but my Father's family is. I remember as a child visiting my Grandmother in MN and going to this Cathedral. I still remember what a beautiful place it was. How sad that my childhood memories are stained by this picture.


21 posted on 05/15/2005 2:40:56 PM PDT by beandog (The only time I was wrong was the time I thought I was wrong)
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To: samiam1972

"I fear they are lost!"

No need for fear; it's just a plain fact. They are lost. Be not afraid. There will be justice.


22 posted on 05/15/2005 3:15:27 PM PDT by SolomoninSouthDakota (Daschle is gone.)
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To: beandog
I'm not Catholic but my Father's family is. I remember as a child visiting my Grandmother in MN and going to this Cathedral. I still remember what a beautiful place it was.

It's even more beautiful and glorious now because the Cardinal who serves at that Cathedral has stood up to those who would challenge Catholic teachings. That should make you very proud to know that the faith practiced by your father is still practiced today. The teachings your father adhered to are still taught today.

Welcome Home!

23 posted on 05/15/2005 3:17:42 PM PDT by NYer ("Love without truth is blind; Truth without love is empty." - Pope Benedict XVI)
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To: don-o; Mrs. Don-o
Kudos to the bishops who are growing spines for whatever reason.

Their spines were already aligned and straight; they simply needed a reminder that it was 'okay' to voice their stances.

24 posted on 05/15/2005 3:25:22 PM PDT by NYer ("Love without truth is blind; Truth without love is empty." - Pope Benedict XVI)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Amen


25 posted on 05/15/2005 3:28:37 PM PDT by brivette
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To: Mrs. Don-o
You don't come up for Communion wearing a button, badge, sash or T-shirt proclaiming pride about your particular moral difficulty.

“No, no. You see, let's get it clear. These rainbow sash people, are they really saying we are homosexuals, we intend to remain so and we want to receive Holy Communion. The question arises; take the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It says it is not condemning a person for having homosexual tendency. We don't condemn anybody for that. But a person stands condemned for acting on it.”
Francis Cardinal Arinze in an interview with EWTN's Raymond Arroyo.

You and the good Cardinal have a clear understanding of why these homosexuals parade themselves forward wearing rainbow sashes.

26 posted on 05/15/2005 3:32:20 PM PDT by NYer ("Love without truth is blind; Truth without love is empty." - Pope Benedict XVI)
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To: k omalley; NYer
Didn't see any sashayers at our 11:30 Mass either.

I imagine if there were any, they were hanging around downtown at the Cathedral. I don't know what if anything our new archbishop would do if any showed up . . . but I know what Monsignor would do if they dared to show up here . . . it would be Irish, and it wouldn't be pretty! He may be a grey-headed dreadnought, but he's built like Don Camillo and pretty intimidating both physically and mentally.

27 posted on 05/15/2005 3:33:51 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (. . . Ministrix of ye Chace (recess appointment), TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary . . .)
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To: k omalley; NYer
Forgot to include a pic of Don Camillo for those not familiar with Guareschi's books and the films starring Fernandel in the title role.

He's an Italian priest in a small Po Valley town, in fairly constant conflict with the Communist Mayor and various other local characters. (He was once rusticated by his Bishop for reinforcing a religious argument with a bench.)

28 posted on 05/15/2005 3:40:41 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (. . . Ministrix of ye Chace (recess appointment), TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary . . .)
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To: NYer
Priest Denies Gays' Supporters Communion
- By JOSHUA FREED, Associated Press Writer
Sunday, May 15, 2005

(05-15) 16:10 PDT Saint Paul, Minn. (AP) --

A Roman Catholic priest denied communion to more than 100 parishioners Sunday, saying they could not receive the sacrament because they wore rainbow-colored sashes to church to show support for gay Catholics.

Before offering communion, the Rev. Michael Sklucazek told the congregation at the Cathedral of St. Paul that anyone wearing a sash could come forward for a blessing but would not receive wine and bread.

A group called the Rainbow Sash Alliance has encouraged supporters to wear the multicolored fabric bands since 2001 on each Pentecost Sunday, the day Catholics believe the Holy Spirit came to give power to Christians soon after Jesus ascended to heaven. But Sunday's service was the first time they had been denied communion at the altar.

Archbishop Harry Flynn told the group earlier this month that they would not receive communion because the sashes had become a protest against church teaching.

Sister Gabriel Herbers said she wore a sash to show sympathy for the gay and lesbian community. Their sexual orientation "is a gift from God just as much as my gift of being a female is," she said.

Ann McComas-Bussa did not wear a sash, but she and her husband and three children all wore rainbow-colored ribbons and were denied communion. "As a Catholic, I just need to stand in solidarity with those that are being oppressed," she said. . . .

29 posted on 05/15/2005 4:56:14 PM PDT by SmithL (Proud Submariner)
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To: SmithL
"[s]he and her husband and three children all wore rainbow-colored ribbons and were denied communion. "As a Catholic, I just need to stand in solidarity with those that are being oppressed," she said. . . ."

Anyone who wants to stand in solidarity with (gay) Catholics who are "being oppressed" --- I assume she means being oppressed by sin?? ---- can stand next to them, and me, in the line for Confession...

30 posted on 05/15/2005 5:36:51 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (He's XVI... he's beautiful.... and he's mine.)
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To: NYer; 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; afraidfortherepublic; Alas; al_c; american colleen; annalex; ...
Is your parish on the list.  BTW, what exactly is a Gay Friendly Parish? 

 

U.S. Homosexual Activist Website Provides List of 'Gay Friendly' Catholic Parishes

31 posted on 05/15/2005 6:40:06 PM PDT by Coleus (http://www.petakillsanimals.com)
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To: Coleus; sandyeggo

Christ the King - San Diego
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart - San Diego
St. Didicus - San Diego

St. Didicus is in Normal Heights, and Sacred Heart is nearby too.

I didn't know this about St. Didicus or Sacred Heart, did you? Heck, I have friends with children attending Sacred Heart and they've never mentioned any of this.


32 posted on 05/15/2005 6:53:24 PM PDT by onyx (Pope John Paul II - May 18, 1920 - April 2, 2005 = SANTO SUBITO!)
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To: Coleus

High Five! Google this and your posting comes up! http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=st.+didicus%2Fsan+diego&btnG=Google+Search)


33 posted on 05/15/2005 6:55:17 PM PDT by onyx (Pope John Paul II - May 18, 1920 - April 2, 2005 = SANTO SUBITO!)
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To: onyx

I bet they love the season of lent, I understand purple is one of their colors.

I wonder what they are teaching the kids.


34 posted on 05/15/2005 9:15:10 PM PDT by Coleus (http://www.petakillsanimals.com)
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To: onyx

Cool! the fr doesn't mess around, lots of people read it.


35 posted on 05/15/2005 9:16:10 PM PDT by Coleus (http://www.petakillsanimals.com)
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To: Coleus
St. Didacus houses some nuns (I can't recall their Order) but Sacred Heart was once a good school. Maybe it still is, but listing the parish as "gay friendly" is troublesome. You can bet I am calling my friends sometime this week.
36 posted on 05/15/2005 10:24:04 PM PDT by onyx (Pope John Paul II - May 18, 1920 - April 2, 2005 = SANTO SUBITO!)
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To: Coleus

Our former parish was on the list!! St. Patrick's in Fayetteville, NC.


37 posted on 05/15/2005 11:34:40 PM PDT by SAMS (Nobody loves a soldier until the enemy is at the gate; Army Wife & Marine Mom)
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To: AnAmericanMother

"He's an Italian priest in a small Po Valley town"

I've been tempted to try to get people to freep the Don Camillo mailing list. It's run by a nice lady, but she's overrun by mouth-frothing socialist cretins.


38 posted on 05/16/2005 7:47:37 AM PDT by dsc
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To: Mrs. Don-o

She sounds like a true "f*g h*g".

I bet her husband does whatever his wife tells him to do.


40 posted on 05/16/2005 8:09:40 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE!)
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To: SmithL
Sister Gabriel Herbers said she wore a sash to show sympathy for the gay and lesbian community.

You know, it's almost a guarantee, it seems, that every nun that shows up in print is a heretic or just plain disobedient to Rome. Pious nuns don't have time for self-promotion.

41 posted on 05/16/2005 8:25:59 AM PDT by Rutles4Ever
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To: Coleus

Oh yes. St. Margaret Mary in Naperville, IL. The church with kneelers where no one kneels for the consecration.


42 posted on 05/16/2005 8:27:07 AM PDT by Rutles4Ever
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To: sandyeggo

Also, freepmail incoming...






Received and replied.


43 posted on 05/16/2005 8:32:39 AM PDT by onyx (Pope John Paul II - May 18, 1920 - April 2, 2005 = SANTO SUBITO!)
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To: onyx

Catholic liturgy???

http://www.catholiclesbians.org/pastoral/howtoprepare2.html

For this they should be kicked out.


44 posted on 05/16/2005 9:02:47 AM PDT by franky (Pray for the souls of the faithful departed.)
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I agree. I followed that link and nearly puked.


45 posted on 05/16/2005 9:07:35 AM PDT by onyx (Pope John Paul II - May 18, 1920 - April 2, 2005 = SANTO SUBITO!)
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To: dsc
Whoa! What's up with that?

They are charming books . . . certainly Guareschi gives the Italian Communists a hard time, but he's also fair (e.g. the tomato incident and the People's Palace).

What are the Socialists upset about?

46 posted on 05/16/2005 9:54:16 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother (. . . Ministrix of ye Chace (recess appointment), TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary . . .)
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Why don't they go visit Bishop Robinson in New Hampshire, I'm sure they would be welocomed with "open zippers."


47 posted on 05/16/2005 11:56:32 AM PDT by Rocket1968 (No more Daschle - No more Daschle)
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To: SAMS

is it a liberal parish?


48 posted on 05/16/2005 6:47:24 PM PDT by Coleus (Roe v. Wade and Endangered Species Act both passed in 1973, Murder Babies/save trees, birds, algae)
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ping to self for later pingout.


49 posted on 05/16/2005 6:48:37 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Resisting evil is our duty or we are as responsible as those promoting it.)
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To: AnAmericanMother

"What are the Socialists upset about?"

Me, mostly.


50 posted on 05/16/2005 8:42:49 PM PDT by dsc
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