Clergy/Hierarchy Abuse Scandal: UK Braced As English Cardinal Implicated

Clergy/Hierarchy Abuse Scandal: UK Braced As English Cardinal Implicated

Extracts below from LifeSiteNews bombshell report:  Pope blocked investigation of abuse allegations against cardinal who helped elect him
Pope Francis embracing Cardinal, Murphy-O’Connor

September 24, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Francis told Cardinal Gerhard Müller in 2013 to stop investigating abuse allegations against British Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, according to a highly-placed Vatican source who spoke to Marco Tossati [well-known Italian journalist and Vatican expert.] Murphy-O’Connor, as a member of the “Sankt [St.] Gallen mafia,” played a pivotal role in getting Jorge Bergoglio elected Pope in 2013.

A source from England with inside knowledge of the case told LifeSiteNews that a woman alleges the cardinal had himself been involved in abusing her when she was 13 or 14 years old and that she was the reason for the investigation by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF).

Tosatti had previously revealed what he learned in September 2013 from a high-ranking Vatican source – “an extremely good source, who was then in the government of the Curia,” and he adds that his source has “learned [it] from those directly concerned.” – that Cardinal Müller, then Prefect of the CDF, was interrupted by the Pope while saying Mass at the Church of Santa Monica (next to the CDF building) for a small group of German students. But now Tosatti reveals that the reason for the interruption was to demand that an investigation into Cardinal O’Connor be halted.

As Tosatti puts it in an article for First Things last year: His secretary joined him at the altar: “The pope wants to speak to you.” “Did you tell him I am celebrating Mass?” asked Müller. “Yes,” said the secretary, “but he says he does not mind—he wants to talk to you all the same.” The cardinal went to the sacristy. The pope, in a very bad mood, gave him some orders about a dossier concerning one of his friends, a cardinal.

After hearing this story as related by Marco Tosatti, LifeSiteNews reached out to a reliable source from England who is very well informed about exactly that same lady who had been accusing the English cardinal. According to this English source, the lady has never gone public with her charges. But she has been in contact with Church authorities for about 15 years now, without ever having received a thorough investigation of her claims. This lady is already an acknowledged abuse victim, having received a settlement from the Archdiocese. She had been abused, when she was 13 or 14 years of age, by Father Michael Hill.

The pedophile Father Hill was imprisoned for five years in 2002 for abusing three minor children between 10 and 14. He had previously been imprisoned, in 1997, also for abusing children. He is thought to have attacked about 30 boys between his ordination in 1960 and the late 1980s. As The Guardian put it at the time: “His case is particularly notorious because the church’s leader, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, gave him a post despite warnings that he had abused young boys.” Hill had been moved to different parishes, in spite of the ongoing complaints of parents. Finally he underwent therapy in the 1980s.

The lady who accused Murphy-O’Connor himself of abuse, claims that when Hill abused her in the late 1960s, there were several other priests present and involved. She claims that Murphy-O’Connor was among them. She, who then lived in what is now the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton, had entered in the early 2000s into an agreement with the Diocese and received £40,000 payment for the abuse of Father Hill.

Murphy-O’Connor had been the Bishop of Arundel and Brighton from 1977 until 2000, when he was appointed Archbishop of Westminster. He was also a member of the Sankt Gallen Group that tried to get Jorge Bergoglio elected, first in the 2005 conclave, and then again in 2013.

The story of the female victim of abuse is a story of delayed justice and denial of due process. Since she now lives in the Diocese of Portsmouth, she started to express her accusations to Church officials there. But sometime between 2009 and 2010, she also contacted the Archdiocese of Westminster with her allegations. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, who has been Archbishop of Westminster since 2009 – and thus the successor of Murphy-O’Connor – refused to investigate the matter.

When Murphy-O’Connor was asked, in 2010, by Pope Benedict XVI to be the head of the Apostolic Visitation to Ireland in order to examine the abuse crisis there, people in the Diocese of Portsmouth were concerned that the abuse allegations against Murphy-O’Connor would then come to light and destroy the credibility of the Apostolic Visitation.

Similar to McCarrick, Murphy-O’Connor is known to have later speciously shown himself to the public as being a hardliner with regard to abuse cases. “Roman Catholic (sic)  bishops found to be flouting the new guidelines on child protection will be held to account, or expected to resign,” is the headline of a 2003 article quoting Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor. However, as with the McCarrick case in the U.S., the truth is now gaining upon the Church’s hierarchy that has been evasively looking the other way.

In England, there is currently a government-commissioned independent investigation into all sex abuse cases in society, to include those in the Catholic Church. This investigation has the legal power to compel the production of evidence. For this investigation, a so-called “Truth Project” has been set up, whereby victims of sexual abuse of minors may now come and relate their story.

Our source tells us this female victim may have contacted that same Truth Project, since several weeks ago, the investigators requested the Archdiocese of Westminster the release of all the files pertaining to allegations against Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor.

It would be important now that four dioceses release their files to the Truth Project concerning this woman’s case: Arundel and Brighton; Westminster; Portsmouth, and Northampton (which submitted the case to the CDF, together with Portsmouth). Bishop John Arnold (now of Salford), who was at the time involved in refusing to investigate the case in Westminster, should also release his files.

Thus, as it seems, the Catholic Church is now sitting upon a ticking time bomb. And on top of that time bomb sits Pope Francis.

This report was consciously published on September 24, the Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham – Patroness of the Catholic Church in England – and on the day of the beginning of the English bishops’ Ad Limina visit to Rome.  [Emphases added].   Source – to read entire report click here


There’s really nothing to add to the above report except to note that, as we have said for years in our newsletter, when bishops cover up or make excuses for  priests causing scandal, in various ways – as did our Cardinal O’Brien RIP in response to our reports and letters about dissident Edinburgh clergy attacking the Faith and morals in newspapers and through the broadcasting media – there has to be a reason. And the reason – we frequently hinted – has to be something very serious.

So, nobody should be surprised at these latest revelations. I’ve never written to Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor but I have written to other members of the English (Scottish and Irish) Hierarchy, all to no avail.  We’re watching, therefore, with interest as this latest scandal unfolds, and can’t help but wonder if our observations will prove accurate in other cases… both north and south of the border and across the Irish Sea.  Will we find even more chickens coming home to roost?  Let’s watch and pray, especially for the Consecration of Russia, because, until that happens, these scandals will continue and worsen.  Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us!  

Comments (37)

  • Deacon Augustine

    First Godfried Danneels and now Cormac – two influential figures in the “Sankt Gallen Mafia” who are implicated in facilitating pedophiles or now even being one himself. Do you think we are seeing a pattern emerging here? Could one of the real reasons they lobbied for Bergoglio be anything to do with him providing cover for them when their crimes came to light?

    Will the English bishops who are currently on their ad limina dare to raise this case with the pervert in chief?

    September 26, 2018 at 4:08 pm
    • editor

      Deacon Augustine,

      I found the fact that the ad limina visit is taking place just as this news is breaking, most interesting and a very clever tactic by LifeSiteNews.

      Given the Pope’s own complicity in covering up abuse, however, I can’t see it making any real difference, to be honest.

      I do think that when those with authority come to review this pontificate and the election of Papa Francis in the future, the role played by the “influential figures’ whom you name will surely feature in any debate about the conclave.

      September 26, 2018 at 4:31 pm
      • Deacon Augustine


        With regards to it making any difference to Francis, I agree with you – it won’t – he’s a total narcissist and will blame everybody else for anything he doesn’t like rather than himself. He deals with problems by ignoring them and pretending that he is above all that. He projects his own faults and demons onto everybody else.

        With regards to CMOC and the others, I am sure there are more stories yet to come out. CMOC should never have been ordained and if he had followed the advice of a Saint he would not have been. I know a priest who was a seminarian at the Venerable English College in Rome at the same time as Cormac – a friend of his in fact. While still students a bunch of them decided to visit San Giovanni Rotondo to listen to Padre Pio. When it came to giving these seminarians his words of wisdom, Padre Pio told Cormac that under no circumstances should he seek ordination. Of course that was dismissed as being the ravings of a silly old friar and Cormac considered his rise to the cardinalate as proof that Padre Pio was wrong about him. The more that comes out about the man, the more I am convinced that Padre Pio was right.

        September 26, 2018 at 9:40 pm
      • editor

        Deacon Augustine,

        WOW! That is some revelation about Padre Pio. I’m normally very sceptical about almost everything attributed to Padre Pio but that story has the ring of truth to it – definitely.

        WOW! Thank you for posting that information.

        September 26, 2018 at 11:53 pm
      • Deacon Augustine

        Oh yes, it is quite credible because my priest friend did not regale me with this information to have a go at Cormac. It was related more in the context that one could not rely on the wisdom or prophetic abilities of mystics. Remeber that a lot of clergy of a certain age regarded Padre Pio as a fraud.

        I would add that this was not told to me on the basis that I should not mention it to anybody else.

        September 27, 2018 at 4:10 pm
      • editor

        Deacon Augustine

        Very convincing indeed. Those are always the most convincing pieces of evidence, when not intended to be so!

        September 27, 2018 at 4:40 pm
  • editor

    N O T I C E. . .

    Blogger, Westminster Fly emailed me to ask for prayers for his mother who has been taken ill. He spent a long time with her at the hospital last night into the wee small hours, so I’ve encouraged him to catch up with some much needed sleep today. I promised him I’d post this notice to ask for bloggers’ prayers for his mother, who is, thankfully, seeming better today. However, she has to undergo some medical tests, so please do keep her in your prayers.

    WF had seen the Lifesitenews report about Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor and had this to add to our discussion:

    I wonder how it will all pan out? I suspect more and more cover-ups will go on, but I noted yesterday that the honeymoon between areas of the secular press and Pope Francis seems to be over. It’s taken them a while, but I think he’s been rumbled at last. Now all we have to do is persuade the novus ordo Catholics in the pews . . . . perhaps they might take their cue from the secular media. They’ve never taken it from the likes of us!

    To which I replied: “Well said!”

    September 26, 2018 at 4:24 pm
    • Prognosticum

      I think Westminster Fly is being a tad naive when he thinks that the ‘honeymoon’ between Francis and certain areas of the secular press has come to an end. There never was a ‘honeymoon’ as such, just the press’ conviction that Francis’ policies would coincide with the press’ own agenda in seeking the destruction of the Church.

      Francis has failed to deliver in several key areas of policy and is damaged goods in the wake of the Viganò revelations. Hence the press dropping him.

      October 1, 2018 at 12:43 am
  • RCAVictor

    Pontius Pilate exclaimed “Ecce homo!” to the Pharisee-incited, bloodthirsty crowd, before he washed his hands of the matter and condemned Our Lord to death. And now, in the parallel Passion of the Church, we have “Ecce Ecclesia!”

    September 26, 2018 at 4:46 pm
  • Dano


    September 26, 2018 at 8:15 pm
    • editor


      I detest smart alex replies. If you know something the rest of us don’t then say so. Don’t try to be smart here. Up with such “smartness” we will not put!

      PS – there certainly seems to have been an attempt at taking Pope Benedict & Vatican to court – click here for enlightenment…

      September 26, 2018 at 8:47 pm
  • RCAVictor

    I just came across this article on the Lepanto Institute site, an article by a fashion designer who was told 35 years ago about the Satanic infiltration of the Church. A lot of it is about the infamous Met Gala, but you can cut to the chase if you start at the fourth paragraph:

    The writer also cites Bishop Roche of Leeds. She attempted to get his help in countering the infiltration 15 years ago, but he refused (near the bottom of the page).

    September 27, 2018 at 3:53 am
    • editor

      RCA Victor,

      That is an exceptionally interesting article – and it makes sense given that we’ve all seen and heard about these events, notably through pictures of Cardinal Dolan (there was even a photo of him with some scantily clad females in the Father Purdy video).

      I’ve sent the link to a friend – we need to use each and every means of waking up or consolidating others about the truly diabolical nature of what we are witnessing in the Church right now.

      Of course, the problem with too many Catholics who are not online and still attending modernist parishes, is that they are hearing nothing of what is going on, ignorant of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury, Archbishop Vigano testimony etc. So, it’s a bit like trying to waken up someone from a coma!

      September 27, 2018 at 8:44 am
    • Prognosticum


      Thank you for highlighting not only such an interesting article, but also the wider question of the demonic in popular culture.

      I think that none of us here would be at all surprised to discover that both the fashion and entertainment industries—especially, I would add the popular music industry (they are all of them, lest it be forgotten, deeply and not insignificantly intertwined)—are inspired by the Father of Lies. Just look at what they have wrought collectively in our midst in the decades going back to the end of the Second World War (and ever further, for there are, I would contend, serious portents going back at least to the 1930s).

      My formative years were in the late 1970s to early 1980s in a non-Catholic family in a town in the West of Scotland. I was more of a swot than my siblings, and strangely inured (now I would say providentially) to their deep attraction to popular music which manifested itself in spending long hours listening to the radio (mainly BBC Radio 1 and Radio Clyde), buying ‘records’ and the weekend cult of the ‘disco’ in which Friday and Saturday evenings would be spent, dressed according the prevailing canon of fashion, in dark locales with a certain type of music and copious quantities of alcohol (drugs were a rarity in those days) which not infrequently led to a certain kind of immorality. Now let me say that there is nothing exceptional about my siblings in the sense that they were all perfectly ‘normal’ for the times. (If anything, I was the odd body!) What they did is just what most young people did at the time. And if I look at the subsequent development of their lives, they all got off pretty lightly. (Or at least apparently so. From a supernatural point of view, I am not so sure.) Others among their friends were not so fortunate and went on to have their lives scarred by divorce, by having multiple children to multiple fathers, by drug and substance abuse, including alcohol, and by abortion.

      What I am trying to get to here is how the fashion-entertainment-music industry complex poisons the minds of young people and orientates them away from natural good towards the demonic. I will never forget seeing for the first time the cover of Kate Bush’s album ‘The Kick Inside’ (1978). It would be the best part of a decade before I would be received into the Church, but I knew instinctively even then that the singer was being deliberately portrayed in a way that mocked the Crucifixion and that this was seriously and wantonly blasphemous. But that album has sold more than a million copies world wide and Kate is now regarded as a national treasure here in the United Kingdom.

      And how many more examples could be provided from the Beatles onwards which demonstrate the power of a world wide industrial complex which has the power to corrupt young people like nothing ever seen before. The rise of television and the onset of the visual alchemy worked by digital technologies would only increase this power. The move from vinyl and tape to CDs, the invention of the ‘music video’ and the rise of MTV would complete a picture that the invention of the Internet would only amplify. MTV, in case you did not know, started broadcasting in 1981. That is thirty-seven years ago! We know what Satan has been up to in the meantime, but what about the Church? Has she done anything in these years beyond cultivating the destruction of her identity and retreating on almost every front bar ecumenism and interreligious dialogue, both of which have often been an occasion for the mortification of truth?

      On the subject of MTV, let me say that am not a great consumer of television and have not been for almost two decades. I do watch the odd news bulletin; I like my fair share of current affairs programming, although it can be very heavy going in a country that now seems to be run by fourteen-year-olds; and, curiously, I love a certain type of cookery programme which I find somehow very comforting. So when a few years ago I found myself in a relative’s house with MTV on, I had a reaction that was much more pronounced than my encounter with Miss Bush’s album in my adolescence. I knew instinctively that I was in the face of great evil and that I had to escape. I am by nature very rational, but on that occasion something within me pushed rationality to the background of my mind as supernatural flight mode kicked in. Somehow, I just knew in what the ultimate origins for MTV consisted and it was a terrible realization. I just cannot for the life of me understand why parents would wish to expose their children to such ugliness and danger.

      And just to underline how things have evolved and how the power of the demonic only increases if it is left unchallenged, another example from my own family. The siblings that spent their Friday and Saturday evenings in dark locales listening to pop music (I use the term loosely), dancing (if one can call ‘dancing’ the reciprocal shaking of fists at a distance), imbibing alcohol and other shenanigans, in time had children of their own. These children went to state primary schools (ages five to eleven for those not familiar with the Scottish education system) which felt the need to ‘educate’ them as to their sexuality at a much earlier age than had been the case with their parents (in our day sex-ed took place in the first year of high school, at around 11/12 years), but said schools also offered a monthly disco for their little charges where they dress up and listen and dance along to the ‘right’ kind of music. (Only a fool, in my opinion, would view the two as unconnected.) When they progressed to the border between adolescence and adulthood, the rite of passage for both boys and girls was invariably the same, i.e. participation in a week-long rock festival held in a muddy field somewhere with the attendant shenanigans of such occasions. (I always had to suppress a smile whenever the mud was mentioned, for it conjured up in my mind images of pigs rolling obliviously in the same, which if it was wide of the mark was only slightly so.) But what rite of passage awaits the children of my siblings’ children? A week in a virtual transgender brothel? At the current rate of travel, it is certainly not inconceivable.

      There are two errors regarding Satan: seeing him everywhere and seeing him nowhere. Our age unfortunately tends to the latter, but that is all the more reason to keep an eye on so-called popular culture. It is a smokescreen for something very ugly and dangerous indeed.

      October 1, 2018 at 3:43 am
      • editor


        A very interesting and thought-provoking post from you, for which, thanks.

        I recall when Pope Benedict (actually I think this dates from when he was Cardinal Ratzinger, not sure) condemned rock music as being “Satanic”, there was an outcry from all over the place, from people branding him as out of touch etc. I think I’m right in saying that Pope John Paul II also warned of the dangers of rock music.

        Your perceptive conclusion – that “so-called popular culture is a smokescreen for something very ugly and dangerous” – is absolutely correct.

        We need to pray for the young – it is so difficult for anyone to go against the crowd, the “so-called popular culture”, but for the young it is particularly difficult.

        October 1, 2018 at 2:27 pm
      • RCAVictor


        You really should be writing articles for the newsletter!

        I agree wholeheartedly with your every word. Your post brought to mind the Satanic influence of the [“We’re more popular than Jesus”] Beatles – who featured a picture of the Satanist Aleister Crowley on the cover of their Sargent Pepper album; whose leader, John Lennon, was widely rumored to have sold his soul to the devil in exchange for the success of his band, and whose wife considered herself to be a “white witch.”

        Who but a Satanist (Lennon) would predict the following:

        “Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink [sic!]. I needn’t argue about that; I’m right and I’ll be proved right. We’re more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first – rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.”

        I will say, though, having heard yesterday a remarkable sermon on the re-surfaced filth in the Church, we were reminded that this is not just fallen human nature but indicates the presence of the demonic….who, we were told, once they have incited perverse lusts in their human targets, leave the scene of the crime as it is too disgusting even for them to witness.

        October 1, 2018 at 3:12 pm
  • crofterlady

    Whilst I agree that most of the laity are in a coma like state and that not being online doesn’t help matters, I don’t agree that attending “modernist” parishes is necessarily responsible for keeping them in the dark. I know several priests who speak out in their sermons and who also advocate the St. Michael prayer. I suspect that the vast majority of Catholics don’t want to know because they are comfortable in their little cosy groups; the realization of what is actually going on would be mind blowing for them, truly inconceivable. It’s the stuff of science fiction and conspiracy theories. At best, the more intelligent ones will claim “it’s all happened before”; “look at the 11th century” and so on.

    On the last point, onepeterfive has a very good article today:

    September 27, 2018 at 11:36 am
    • editor


      Where I live – in Scotland’s central belt, Glasgow to be precise – the only priests I know who speak out to a greater or lesser extent about the reality of the state of the Church, are regarded by parishioners as nuts. That’s it, pure and simple.

      They often draw their congregations from other parishes – those of us who DO want to hear some reality – but I’ve been astonished, when speaking to locals in one particular parish that springs to mind, of just how blind they are, and, you are right, they do not WANT to know any better.

      So, it’s great that you come to us bearing tidings of great joy and I would urge you to post the names of parishes where readers might find the kind of solid preaching/exhortations to pray the St Michael prayer, of which you write. Feel free, therefore, to do that here. I can only think of the usual suspects…

      October 1, 2018 at 2:31 pm
      • RCAVictor

        Editor & Crofterlady,

        Our local Bishop has now decreed certain universal measures to be taken by all his priests in reparation for the renewed explosion of scandal in the Church.They include saying the St. Michael Prayer after every [Novus Ordo] Mass and a weekly Holy Hour in the Basilica. The letter has not yet been published on the Diocese website, but it was read to us during yesterday’s sermon. There were several other measures, but I’m having a senile moment and I can’t recall the rest. I will post them if his letter appears on the website.

        October 1, 2018 at 3:20 pm
      • editor

        RCA Victor,

        If you think it deserves a topic thread of its own, you might send me a link to that letter when it is published, and your wish (yet again) will be my command…

        October 1, 2018 at 3:31 pm
      • crofterlady

        Editor, sorry for my tardy reply. Yes, some churches, I don’t know how many or if even all, now recite the St. Michael prayer after some Masses anyway, in the Aberdeen diocese. It has been said at the cathedral for quite some time now. I’ve also heard it in other churches and I have been told that the Highland Chancery is speaking out about the crisis. Perhaps all the dots have not been joined up but at least it is being mentioned. However, I noticed that most of the congregation didn’t seem to have a clue!

        October 2, 2018 at 12:41 pm
      • editor


        You really have nothing for which to apologise. Anyway, since the churches you mention are situated in the Granite City, I’ll take your word for it. The five years I spent in Aberdeen will live with me forever, so I’ll pass on the chance to tour those parishes … remember, I already know the St Michael’s prayer! Here’s a laugh… The authors of these “Books for Dummies” definitely DO owe us all an apology 😀

        October 2, 2018 at 7:27 pm
  • RCAVictor

    Editor & Crofterlady,

    I think “coma” is a very good way to describe the diabolical disorientation, esp. among those who are not sworn enemies of the Church, but merely their useful idiots. But when the scales fall from their eyes, I hope this doesn’t happen:

    September 27, 2018 at 3:17 pm
  • westminsterfly

    Apologies if this has been posted elsewhere, but this is important – one of those WOW moments! Pray for Abp Vigano!

    September 28, 2018 at 4:12 pm
  • RCAVictor

    Fr. Kalchik, the Chicago priest who is being persecuted by Cardinal Cupich (another notorious Francis appointment), has called on the Pope to “act like Peter” and “end the control of the Church here” by “Judases” who are members of the “gay mafia” and “homosexual cabals running chancelleries.”

    There is also a link to a petition in the red box above the article. Please sign it!

    September 28, 2018 at 4:55 pm
  • crofterlady September 28, 2018 at 5:36 pm
  • RCAVictor


    I’ve just sent you an email about word count – in view of your recent email troubles, let me know if you don’t get it (leaving aside that basic Catholic Truth: Editor always gets it!)

    September 28, 2018 at 5:43 pm
    • editor

      RCA Victor,

      Just replied – in the positive! You let ME know if you don’t receive it as I am continuing to have problems. Add to that the fact that I’ve just received a letter dated 27 September, from our Business Centre terminating our agreement with two months notice, because they are not able to renew the lease of 10 Newton Place, although they are trying to transfer the business to new owners. If they can’t do that, we’ll not be contactable by Royal Mail and unless I can get this email properly up and running, we won’t be contactable by email either, so I’ll be living in splendid isolation…

      Do you hear me complaining? 😀

      September 28, 2018 at 9:37 pm
      • RCAVictor


        Received and replied to! Sentence ended with preposition! Onward and upward!

        September 28, 2018 at 11:28 pm
  • Theresa Rose

    This might be the wrong thread for this article. It’s from the Remnant Newspaper archives about what Archbishop Lefebvre said about 48-50 years ago.

    September 30, 2018 at 7:18 am
  • crofterlady October 4, 2018 at 10:33 am


    October 7, 2018 at 9:08 pm
    • editor


      You beat me to it – I came in to post this latest horrendous news of clergy sexual abuse – and in another supposedly Catholic country – Poland.

      Truly diabolical – absolutely diabolical, this infestation of impurity within the Church.

      October 15, 2018 at 11:47 am
  • Helen October 16, 2018 at 1:22 pm
    • Margaret Mary


      I’m stunned, as well. There just seems to be no end to the evil in the Church right now. It is just so very scandalous. How is anyone genuinely interested in converting to the faith, supposed to get through this?

      October 16, 2018 at 8:40 pm

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