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  • Junípero Serra not just another saint

    09/20/2015 9:47:45 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 58 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | September 20, 2015 | Deepa Bharath
    When Pope Francis canonizes Father Junípero Serra on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., Serra will be the first Hispanic American saint, and the first saint canonized on American soil. He also figures to be one of the most controversial saints in the long history of the Roman Catholic Church – a symbol that roils some hearts even as it lifts others. Serra, an 18th-century Spanish friar who founded nine of the 21 California missions, including Mission San Juan Capistrano, is gaining sainthood, in part, because he helped bring the church to the Americas. By one reckoning, Serra’s legacy is nothing less...
  • In Vain Do They Worship Me

    06/23/2015 10:06:16 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 280 replies
    White Horse Inn ^ | April 13, 2014 | Timothy F. Kauffman
    The purest form of religion on earth, says Rome, is to bow before a piece of bread and worship it. “The Eucharist is ‘the source and summit of the Christian life,’ ” and “is the heart and the summit of the Church’s life,” says the Catechism of the Catholic Church (1324, 1407). And “the prayer of thanksgiving and consecration,” is “the heart and summit of the celebration” (1352). It is at the utterance of the consecration, the priest’s words, “This is My body,” and “This is the cup of My blood,” that the bread and wine are said to...
  • Tuam babies: how a small field in Ireland held big secret

    06/23/2014 1:16:39 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 53 replies
    BBC News ^ | 6/23/2014 (12:19 PM, ET)) | Shane Harrison
    Tucked away between houses on an estate in the Republic of Ireland is a small field that many believe, until recently, had a big secret. Beneath a grotto of the Virgin Mary, lie flowers and teddy bears by well-wishers in memory of the children of unmarried mothers, described at the time as "fallen women." It is believed nearly 800 children are buried in the grounds of what was once a mother and baby home run by nuns in Tuam, County Galway. A child died nearly every two weeks between the mid 1920's and 60's. After world-wide publicity, the Irish government...
  • Survey Says Catholics Upset Over Pope's Catholic Views

    03/19/2013 9:01:15 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 57 replies
    WASHINGTON (CAP) - American Catholics this week, while generally happy with the newly elected Pope Francis, expressed disappointment that the new head of the Catholic Church insisted on espousing such Catholic views. A new study out of the Pew Research Center said that while 74 percent of American Catholics approve of Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio's appointment as pontiff, almost 60 percent wished he held different views on abortion, premarital sex, contraception and same-sex marriage. "Most respondents questioned why the pope has to be so darn Catholic, to use a phrase that came up over and over again," said Pew spokesman...
  • What Catholics Really Believe

    09/14/2012 1:28:05 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 11 replies
    “….the Catechism has raised throughout the world, even among non-Christians, and confirms its purpose of being presented as a full, complete exposition of Catholic doctrine, enabling everyone to know what the Church professes, celebrates , lives, and prays in her daily life.” – Pope John Paul II (CCC pg xiv) God gave everyone a Free Will. No one is forced to be Catholic. People are Catholic because they want to be Catholic. The Catholic Church is not a salad bar where individuals can pick and choose what he or she wishes to believe. We do not vote on what is...
  • Why Do Catholics Keep Funding the Radical Left?

    11/23/2011 2:55:14 PM PST · by NYer · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 20, 2011 | Kathryn Scharplaz
    Every November, including this one, American Catholics -- who constitute approximately 25% of the U.S. population -- are asked to contribute to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD).  The Catholic faithful have been told that their donations will go to fight poverty. Little do most of them realize what their money will actually fund.  CCHD is the brainchild of Saul Alinsky, the "father of community organizing."  Alinsky (1909-1972) had numerous connections in the Catholic community of his native Chicago, some of them nearly as radical as he was.  He helped start CCHD in 1969. Unfortunately, the benevolent-sounding term "community...
  • Teacher reportedly handed out religious tracts in classroom ("Are Roman Catholics Christians")

    11/03/2011 2:50:35 AM PDT · by markomalley · 102 replies
    Mineral Wells Index ^ | October 23, 2011 | Libby Cluett
    In addition to handing out cartoon-like publications to kids entering the DI Haunted House and families attending Mass last Saturday, one parent reports that Mineral Wells Junior High English teacher Marsha A. McDonald gave her child and others an anti-Catholic pamphlet at school Monday, during class. The mother, who asked to go unnamed, said her 12-year-old child showed her the small pamphlet titled “Are Roman Catholics Christians?” Monday night, telling her it came from McDonald during Creative Writing class. McDonald has been suspended by Mineral Wells ISD pending an investigation into whether she violated district policy. The mother said this...
  • The Media's Religious Test

    10/16/2011 9:23:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Human Events ^ | October 17, 2011 | Gary Bauer
    I believe efforts to disqualify Mitt Romney as a presidential contender because of his Mormon faith are outrageous and unfair. Apparently, a lot of people in the liberal media agree with me. Unfortunately, they are hypocrites. The media are ignoring their own established religious test—against candidates whose evangelical or Catholic faith guides their political beliefs. Having momentarily discovered an appreciation for the Constitution, liberal journalists are reminding conservative Christians who question Romney’s faith that our founders prohibited a religious test as a qualification for elected office. “It was only a matter of time before some bigot drew a bead on...
  • Obama is alienating Catholic voters {Catholic/Orthodox caucus}

    10/13/2011 9:38:42 PM PDT · by Cronos · 34 replies
    St Louis Today ^ | 13 October 2011 | Colleen Carroll Campbell
    While other voters have been disappointed by Obama's economic failures and arrogant, ham-handed approach to everything from health care reform to the Solyndra scandal, swing-voting Catholics have special reason to feel betrayed. In the past year, Obama's Justice Department has argued in court that defenders of traditional marriage — the most visible segment of which are observant Catholics and bishops — should be regarded in law as the equivalent of racists. His National Labor Relations Board has issued rulings against two Catholic schools, St. Xavier University in Chicago and Manhattan College in New York, saying that they are not sufficiently...
  • DOJ: Feds Can Tell Church Who Its Ministers Will Be

    10/12/2011 11:27:49 AM PDT · by Dr. White · 77 replies
    Townhall ^ | 10/12/2011 | Terry Jeffrey
    In yet another stunning attack on freedom of religion, President Barack Obama's Justice Department asked the Supreme Court last week to give the federal government the power to tell a church who its ministers will be. The case involves a former teacher at Lutheran school, who along with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is pushing a claim that a Lutheran congregation should be forced to restore her ministry position. Americans United for Separation of Church and State and American Atheists, Inc. have filed briefs siding with the Obama administration against the church. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Church...
  • Jeffress Says Satan Rules Catholicism

    10/12/2011 12:03:22 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 320 replies · 1+ views
    Catholic League ^ | 10/12/2011 | n/a
    Last Friday, Rev. Robert Jeffress, the Dallas pastor who introduced Gov. Rick Perry at the Values Voter Summit, spoke derisively about the Mormon faith of Mitt Romney, making the case that “Mormonism is a cult.” Two days later, he chided Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism as “false religions.” Last year, Rev. Jeffress said the Roman Catholic Church was the outgrowth of a “corruption” called the “Babylonian mystery.” He continued, “Much of what you see in the Catholic Church today doesn’t come from God’s word. It comes from that cult-like pagan religion. Isn’t that the genius of Satan?” Catholic League president Bill...
  • America's conservative Catholics are on the warpath. Republicans should be courting them.

    09/13/2011 4:06:15 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 46 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | August 22, 2011 | Tim Stanley
    Michael Voris is the favourite talking head of the Catholic Taliban, that motley crew of traditionalists who believe in way-out stuff like “abortion is evil” and “Jesus rose on the third day”. He runs his own online TV station in Michigan and has hair so unreal it could be miraculous. In an age when the average priest seems to get the life – and the theology – sucked out of him at seminary, Voris speaks with clarity and humour. This is the man who dismissed liberal nuns as Marxists “embracing lesbianism”, “yoga” and “witchcraft”. He became a viral sensation after...
  • The Anti-Catholic's Guide to Catholic Comboxes

    09/09/2011 3:16:24 AM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | September 08, 2011 | Matthew Archbold
    (snip) As far as I know there is no “Guide to Catholic Comboxes for Anti-Catholics” but I thought it would look something like this: 1) If the writer of a Catholic blog has raised the specter of something being immoral (like say abortion), the angry comboxer must bring up the sex abuse scandal as a way of discounting anything or everything any Catholic writer says about anything.... 2) Anytime a conversation actually starts where something might be learned it’s always helpful to accuse the Pope of being a Nazi... 3) In the 21st century it’s become commonplace to accuse opponents...
  • A Clergy Rebellion in Austria's Catholic Church (Catholic Caucus)

    08/31/2011 3:05:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies
    Time ^ | August 31, 2011 | Michael Frank
    VIENNA — There is open rebellion among the clergy of Austria's Catholic Church. One highly placed man of the cloth has even warned about the risk of a coming schism as significant numbers of priests are refusing obedience to the Pope and bishops for the first time in memory. The 300-plus supporters of the so-called Priests' Initiative have had enough of what they call the church's "delaying" tactics, and they are advocating pushing ahead with policies that openly defy current practices. These include letting nonordained people lead religious services and deliver sermons; making communion available to divorced people who have...
  • The "How To" Show: How To Be Controversial Finished Version (Ep. 5)

    08/21/2011 3:31:52 PM PDT · by ReformationFan
    Youtube ^ | 8-7-2011 | The Lutheran Satire
  • (National Catholic Reporter) NCR Writer Pretends to be Pope. What Could Go Wrong?

    01/04/2011 3:34:53 AM PST · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 1/3/2011 | Matt Archbold
    Wow. I didn't think that the National Catholic Reporter could get any stranger. But they did. And not just by a little. Get this, NCR writer Michael Sean Winters writes a letter to Speaker John Boehner as if he were Pope Benedict. Yeah, you read that right. Michael Sean Winters is pretending to be Pope Benedict. I'm unsure if any dressup was involved but that would only make it marginally stranger. In it, the pretend Pope Benedict accuses the bishops of lying about Obamacare and questions Boehner's motives. Then he tosses out a liberal wish list right out of Nancy...
  • Pell Blasts Catholic MPs on Gay Issues

    01/04/2011 7:14:06 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    AUSTRALIA'S senior Catholic cleric, Cardinal George Pell, has denounced Catholic politicians who defy church teachings on controversial issues such as same-sex adoption. Cardinal Pell sharply rebuked MPs who "fly under the Christian or Captain Catholic flag" but "blithely disregard Christian perspectives" when they voted in parliament on moral issues. Federal MP Teresa Gambaro recently sparked concerns from church leaders in her Brisbane electorate after hinting at supporting gay marriage. "If a person says, 'look, I'm not a Christian, I've a different set of perspectives', I disagree but I understand," the Archbishop of Sydney told The Sunday Mail."If a person says...
  • Ten Facts Most Catholics Don’t Know (But Should!)[OPEN thread (Start your engines!)]

    07/12/2010 10:28:06 PM PDT · by Quix · 237 replies
    Quixicated emphases in color and/or bold appear below within some paragraphs. The headings in bold are in the original. Some extra paragraphing also injected.].... Every time I hear someone claim to be an “ex-Catholic”, a sense of sadness comes over me.  In just about every case, people leave the Catholic Faith due to a lack of understanding.  What unmitigated balderdash! What a cop-out! What a brazen distortion of reality! Far from "just about every case," probably a major chunk of such folks were heavily well trained in the hallowed halls of the Institution. Many were instructors--even Catechism instructors for...
  • Demonstrators in Spain protest new abortion law

    07/03/2010 6:20:59 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    AFP via Yahoo! News ^ | July 3, 2010
    Hundreds of people on Saturday staged a protest outside Spain's highest court to demand the suspension of a new more liberal abortion law, two days before it was to take effect. The Socialist government's new abortion reforms -- which notably allow all women to end their pregnancies up until 14 weeks -- take effect on Monday. Last year around 115,000 abortions were carried out in Spain, according to the health ministry. The vast majority took place in private clinics and were justified on the grounds that the pregnancy posed a "psychological risk" for the health of the woman.
  • Thousands of Spanish Catholics march against abortion and gay marriage

    12/28/2009 9:08:30 AM PST · by NYer · 14 replies · 790+ views
    Telegragh ^ | December 28, 2009 | Edward Owen
    At a huge rally in the capital, Cardinal Antonio Rouco, the leader of Spain's Roman Catholics, told protesters the birth rate in Europe will be depleted unless Christian values are maintained.Catholics attended a huge open air mass beside Real Madrid's Bernabeu stadium.The mass marked the Feast of the Holy Family. But Catholic leaders from across Europe joined their local counterparts and members of the Spanish centre-Right opposition to castigate the socialist government's policies."Europe will be practically without children," warned Cardinal Rouco, 73, the conservative Archbishop of Madrid. "Who denies to defend a human being so innocent and weak, already conceived...
  • Vatican guilty of unholy compassion for paedophiles

    12/20/2009 3:22:36 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 68 replies · 1,389+ views
    the ^ | 20 December 2009 | Vincent Browne
    In 1922, the Vatican promulgated an instruction to do with what it called crimen solicitationis (the crime of solicitation within the confessional) and what it called the ‘‘worst crime’’ - the sexual abuse of children. The document was issued in Latin. No authoritative version was produced in English. The document was circulated only to bishops and under terms of strict secrecy. A new version of the guidelines was produced in 1962, but this, according to the Murphy Commission, was unknown within the Dublin diocese until some time in the 1990s. Desmond Connell, the former archbishop, told the commission he had...
  • Hate Crimes Against Catholics Increase

    11/24/2009 4:10:44 PM PST · by NYer · 1,671 replies · 11,291+ views
    NC Register ^ | November 24, 2009
    Statistics released Nov. 24 by the FBI show hate crimes against religious groups increased by 9% from 2007 to 2008.USA Today reported that in 2008, there 1,519 incidents against people based on their religion, the statistics show.The figures reveal that while anti-Jewish attacks made up the highest percentage of the attacks (17%), there was an increase in hate crimes against Catholics — 75, up from 61 in 2007.Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, said the increase may be due to the Church becoming more vocal on life issues such as abortion and homosexual unions.As...
  • Terrorism Defeated: Catholic Pilgrimage Unites Sri Lanka

    08/16/2009 9:33:05 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 1 replies · 381+ views
    BBC News ^ | August 16, 2009
    In pictures: Pilgrimage unites Sri Lankans The church sits on a site where there has been a shrine to the Virgin Mary for hundreds of years. Catholics, both Tamil and Sinhalese, and members of other faiths revere it.
  • Archbishop urges Zimbabwe protest (Clock ticking for Mugabe?).

    03/22/2007 4:09:19 PM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 5 replies · 251+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, March 23, 2007 | n/a
    Archbishop Ncube said starvation stalked Zimbabwe A prominent Roman Catholic archbishop in Zimbabwe has called for mass street protests to force President Robert Mugabe from power.The Archbishop of Bulawayo, Pius Ncube, told a news conference in Harare that he was willing to stand in front of "blazing guns" if necessary. Scores of opposition activists have been arrested since police broke up a banned rally on 11 March in Harare. There is increasing discontent over the country's deepening economic crisis. Archbishop Ncube said that if Zimbabweans took to the streets in their thousands to demand that President Mugabe step down,...
  • How Many Divisions Does The NY Times Have? Grey Lady Demands Apology From Pope

    09/16/2006 3:56:54 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 243 replies · 4,004+ views
    New York Times/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein September 16, 2006 - 06:46 In a surreal clash of the sacred and the profane, the New York Times - that citadel of secularism - has declared in its editorial of this morning that Pope Benedict "needs to offer a deep and persuasive apology," for having quoted a 14th century Christian emperor who said: “Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.” The Times is only being fair and balanced, I suppose. After...
  • Gay-inclined are cut some slack (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops)

    11/29/2005 8:01:44 AM PST · by indcons · 11 replies · 426+ views
    SF Gate ^ | Tuesday, November 29, 2005 | Wyatt Buchanan
    Roman Catholic priests and seminary students with "homosexual inclinations" can be good priests and should not fear discussing the issue with their superiors, Bishop William S. Skylstad, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said in a statement scheduled for release this morning. As head of church leadership in the United States, Skylstad sets the tone for how Vatican edicts are carried out in this country. Skylstad made the statements in a news release timed to today's planned release in the Vatican of a document called an "instruction" that clarifies the church's stand on whether gay men can enter...
  •'s anti-Catholic Paranoia ( and George Soros Alert)

    05/27/2005 4:29:38 PM PDT · by Jacob Kell · 20 replies · 1,531+ views ^ | May 27, 2005 | Don Feder
    Democrats lost the evangelical vote decades ago. As the last election showed, they are now in danger of permanently losing Catholics. But the left has devised an ingenious technique for winning back disaffected Catholics – insult their Church and its leader. And they thought of this all by themselves? As part of the campaign to defeat the Republican push to end the judicial filibuster, on May 17, 2005,, PAC ran an ad appealing to anti-Catholic paranoia. The broadside was an altered photo that showed Pope Benedict XVI standing outside the Supreme Court’s chambers. The pontiff appears to be holding...
  • U.S. sodomy lobby attacks Pope Benedict XVI

    04/26/2005 6:38:17 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 60 replies · 2,367+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 4/26/05 | Les Kinsolving
    New York's Gov. Al Smith not only opposed Prohibition, but in 1928 he became the first Roman Catholic ever nominated by a major party to be president. This resulted in some of America's worst anti-Catholic expressions of bigotry – including a rumor that Gov. Smith was planning to invite the pope to make an extended visit in order to supervise the conversion of this nation to a Roman Catholic country. When Gov. Smith lost to Herbert Hoover by 444 to 87 electoral votes, he had the good sense of humor and sportsmanship to announce that he had just sent a...
  • Pope beats Charles in TV ratings (in New Zealand)

    04/11/2005 6:55:06 PM PDT · by NZerFromHK · 15 replies · 1,232+ views
    New Zealand viewers turned out in force to watch the funeral of Pope John Paul II, but enthusiasm for the midnight wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla was more subdued. The Pope’s funeral, broadcast live on TV One on Friday night, was watched by more than 400,000 people, according to AGB Nielsen Media research ratings. TVNZ spokeswoman Michele Camilleri said the ratings were strong, especially among older people. "I think that reflects the historical significance of the event." The timing of the nuptials of Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, was all wrong for a New Zealand audience. Just...
  • Fitzgerald-Reponse to Vatican Claim "Terror War Responsible for Christianphobia" -(FACTS!)

    12/06/2004 6:57:02 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 173+ views
    Column from Bahrain Times: the War on terror blamed for ‘Christianphobia:’ Jihad Watch posted it and you can refer to: Hugh Fitzgerald's reply below: Twenty Points for Archibishop Lajolo: 1) If "the war on terrorism is seen linked to Western political strategy" and that this is responsible for "Christianphobia," then what explains the attacks on Hindus in Bangladesh in Kashimir? Or on Buddhists in Thailand, and the Bamiyan Buddhas -- the people and the artifacts -- in southern Thailand? Is this because Hindu (and Sikh) and Buddhist villages and artifacts have also been linked "to Western political strategy"? And...
  • Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims Surprise Officials at Shrines Dedicated to the Virgin

    08/20/2004 12:57:37 PM PDT · by Lumen Christie · 6 replies · 564+ views
    Spirit Daily website ^ | August 20, 2004 | Michael Brown
    *The Indian Express* reports an upsurge in Hindus, Muslims, and Buddhists visiting Catholic shrines dedicated to the Blessed Mother. As it says in its report, [which we could not directly link due to technical problems]: "In an unexpected twist of globalization, Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims and other pilgrims regularly worship at famous Roman Catholic shrines to the Virgin Mary such as Lourdes in France and Fatima in Portugal. They drink the holy water, light votive candles and pray fervently to the Madonna for help with life's hardships. Many venerate her like one of their own goddesses, a view that would be...
  • Anti-Catholic mailings in New Zealand: "You're goin' to hell"

    07/14/2004 11:19:46 PM PDT · by MegaSilver · 10 replies · 366+ views
    TV NZ ^ | 15 July 2004
    The parishioners at a Matamata church are so upset about receiving anti-Catholic mail that they are making a complaint to the police. Anti-Catholic messages are being delivered to letterboxes of members of the Holy Angels Catholic Church in Matamata. Three other parishes in the Hamilton area have also received the mail. The Parish Priest, Eamon Kennedy, says the person responsible apparently wants to save Catholics from going to hell by attacking aspects of the Catholic faith. He says the mail has been addressed to individual parishioners in some cases and is very upsetting for some people.
  • Anti-Catholic Sculpture On Washburn University’s Campus; Judge Refuses Request For Removal

    03/03/2004 8:15:27 AM PST · by LiteKeeper · 20 replies · 250+ views
    Thomas More Law Center ^ | March 3, 2004
    ANN ARBOR, MI — A federal judge in Kansas has ruled that Washburn University did not violate the constitution by prominently displaying a sculpture that mocks the Catholic faith. The sculpture, entitled “Holier than Thou,” depicts a Roman Catholic bishop with a grotesque facial expression wearing a miter that resembles a phallus. The sculpture was selected for display by the Campus Beautification Committee , whose goal is to make the University “one of the most beautiful campuses in Kansas.” The lawsuit was brought by the Thomas More Law Center after the University refused to act on complaints by numerous Catholics...
  • The rebel army led by ex-priests that lives off ransom money

    01/14/2004 4:38:00 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies · 261+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 07/01/2004 | Jeremy McDermott
    The National Liberation Army (ELN) was born in the aftermath of the victory of Fidel Castro and Ernesto "Che" Guevara in Cuba and its first cadres trained under them before launching their guerrilla war in Colombia in 1964. Today the 4,000-strong rebel army, with its ally and larger cousin the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc), controls 40 per cent of the country. Unlike the Farc, the ELN is strapped for cash and relies on kidnapping to gather funds necessary to continue its 40-year revolutionary war. In the past three years the ELN has kidnapped more than 2,500 people, many...
  • The Speculation Begins (Pope John Paul II's Failing Health Leads The Enevitible Discussion)

    10/03/2003 6:39:07 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 48 replies · 300+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Friday, October 3, 2003 | RAYMOND ARROYO
    <p>There were supposed to be no new cardinals until next February. At least that was the conventional wisdom. So when the pope announced his intention to appoint 31 cardinals to the college of electors later this month, it was big news. The question was: Why so soon?</p>
  • The Boston Archdiocese Asks, Should the Priesthood Remain Celibate? (my title)

    03/15/2002 10:21:03 AM PST · by GeneD · 33 replies · 761+ views
    Before we breathe a sigh of relief now that many of the allegations against John Geoghan have been settled, we must realize two things: there are outstanding allegations against six other archdiocesan priests; and these scandals have raised serious questions in the minds of the laity that simply will not disappear. --Should celibacy continue to be a normative condition for the diocesan priesthood in the Western (Latin) Church? --If celibacy were optional, would there be fewer scandals of this nature in the priesthood? --Does priesthood, in fact, attract a disproportionate number of men with a homosexual orientation? --Lastly, why are...