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Harvard's Satanic Black Mass Canceled After Outrage

Galadriel

Well-Known Member
A Harvard student group’s planned satanic “black mass” has been canceled after widespread condemnation from religious and educational leaders, who called the event an affront to the faithful.

MyFoxBoston.com reports that The Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club announced Monday it would no longer hold the event because negotiations broke down between the group and the bar where it was scheduled to be held. The club was unable to find another location to hold the mass.

The group said that the New York-based Satanic Temple, which had co-organized the event, planned to still hold the mass in an undisclosed, private location to "reaffirm their respect for the Satanic faith and to demonstrate that the most powerful response to offensive speech is to shame those who marginalize others by letting their own words and actions speak for themselves."

The ceremony has traditionally been performed by satanic cults to parody the Catholic church, and officials at the Archdiocese of Boston were furious that such an event was originally scheduled to be held on the Ivy League school's hallowed grounds.

“I would say that the event is an attack on the Eucharist, regardless of what the organizers state,” archdiocese spokesman Terry Donilon told FoxNews.com in an email. “The event is offensive to Catholics and people of good will.”

The archdiocese called last week for the event to be canceled.
“For the good of the Catholic faithful and all people, the church provides clear teaching concerning satanic worship,” the archdiocese said in a statement. “This activity separates people from God and the human community, it is contrary to charity and goodness, and it places the participants dangerously close to destructive works of evil.”

Robert Neugeboren, dean of students and alumni affairs at Harvard Extension School, said the “deeply disturbing” event is offensive to many at Harvard and called for it to be canceled.

“While we support the ability of all our students to explore difficult issues, we also encourage them to do so in ways that are sensitive to others,” Neugeboren said in a statement. “To that end, the Harvard Extension School has worked with the club’s student leaders to address specific concerns that have been expressed.”

Archdiocese officials had scheduled at least two events in response to the black mass, including a Eucharistic procession in Cambridge. It was unclear whether those events would proceed.

"The best way to combat hateful speech is to overwhelm it with loving and prayerful speech, and that is what we intend to do," Rev. Luther Zeigler, president of the Harvard Chaplains, wrote FoxNews.com in an email.
The student club, meanwhile, said in a statement that the performance’s purpose was not to denigrate any religion or faith, but instead to “learn and experience” the history of different cultural practices.

In a statement to the Harvard Crimson, the university’s student newspaper, the cultural club said the event would not silence anyone.

“The complaints are founded metaphysical concerns, and there is simply a disagreement with regards to how this faith is practiced,” club organizers wrote The Harvard Crimson. “The flawed assumption seems to be that because Satan is the representation of evil incarnate for some faiths, that Satanist are part of a hate group and their practice devoted toward denigrating Catholicism … The point of this event is to challenge the stigmatization of marginalized groups.”

Nearly 400 Harvard students and 100 alumni reportedly signed a petition opposing the event.

“This form of satanic worship not only ridicules the central practice of Catholicism, the Mass, but it also mocks and offends all who have faith in Christ,” the petition reads. “Far from being an event that promotes an understanding of “cultural practices,” it, in fact, promotes contempt for the Catholic faith and religion generally. We are Catholics, other Christians, and supporters of genuine tolerance and civility, and we are offended and outraged this event has been permitted to take place at Harvard.”

Harvard President Drew Faust, in a statement released Monday, said it would be “deeply regrettable” if the event’s organizer proceeded despite the fervent opposition by some local residents and students.

“Nevertheless, consistent with the university’s commitment to free expression, including expression that may deeply offend us, the decision to proceed is and will remain theirs,” Faust said. “At the same time, we will vigorously protect the right of others to respond — and to address offensive expression with expression of their own.”
 

JaneBond007

New Member
Like I said before, they can press Wonder Bread into a disk and I don't care, live as you live. But once you take our sacred and consecrated Host? I'm coming for ya and it ain't gonna be pretty
Did you see how they ran like little girls because a few people threatened them? :rolleyes: Then they tried to make it look like christians were the instigators.
 

Galadriel

Well-Known Member
JaneBond007, we're on the same page, sister.

What's worse than the mockery (though that is bad enough in and of itself), is stealing one of our consecrated Hosts, desecrating it during this "black mass" using a naked woman as their "altar" and the fact that the perpetrators do this all in the nude, and you can imagine what else is done. Utterly vile. I'm glad Catholics and those of good will stood against this, though it is reported that 50 Satanists went ahead to a nearby restaurant 2nd floor to conduct their ceremony (men in black robes and a woman in lingerie).
 

Shimmie

"God is the Only Truth -- Period"
Staff member
Like I said before, they can press Wonder Bread into a disk and I don't care, live as you live. But once you take our sacred and consecrated Host? I'm coming for ya and it ain't gonna be pretty
Did you see how they ran like little girls because a few people threatened them? :rolleyes: Then they tried to make it look like christians were the instigators.

JaneBond007, we're on the same page, sister.

What's worse than the mockery (though that is bad enough in and of itself), is stealing one of our consecrated Hosts, desecrating it during this "black mass" using a naked woman as their "altar" and the fact that the perpetrators do this all in the nude, and you can imagine what else is done. Utterly vile.

I'm glad Catholics and those of good will stood against this, though it is reported that 50 Satanists went ahead to a nearby restaurant 2nd floor to conduct their ceremony (men in black robes and a woman in lingerie).

Galadriel and JaneBond007... I right there on the same page with you... 'Highlighted'.
 

Begoody

Well-Known Member
I saw this reported on EWTN news a few days ago. I had never heard the term "black mass" before.Disturbing though as to how they would steal a consecrated host. A few years my parish priest in London told me that he had stopped someone from stealing communion, I was baffled as to why someone would steal the Eucharist.It never occurred to me that it could be used for dark purposes, until now.
 

JaneBond007

New Member
For those who don't comprehend what the big deal is, they have taken the transubstantiated host which is consecrated bread that transforms into the actual Jesus, His Body, His Blood. It's essentially going up to Jesus on that Cross 2,000 years ago, spitting on Him, jeering at Him, striking, threatening, tearing His flesh and then mocking Him with your pitious little human body, naked and of a sexual nature. If they had not used a transubstantiated Host, it would still have been highly offensive, but this is above and beyond. How did they acquire it? Someone went with evil intention to Mass and received the Host while in mortal sin, a mortal sin itself, put it in their mouth or kept it in their hand and transferred it to their pocket or elsewhere. One is to consumer the Body and Blood of Our L-rd, to receive Him. They had no intention to receive Him, which is their g-d-given right of free will. But why steal Him from another willing to have received Him?

John 6:53

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world."


Jesus said to them, "Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.
 

Galadriel

Well-Known Member
From Patheos blog (a description of the black mass, which in addition to this, also invokes and worships Satan):

Historically, black masses have involved desecrating the Eucharist, which Catholics believe is the real body of Jesus Christ, by placing it on the genitals of a naked woman, urinating on it, and slitting an infant’s throat to pour blood over it.

Early reports from Patheos stated that the Cultural Studies Club “have obtained and will use a consecrated host during this ‘re-enactment’” based on a conversation with the group’s PR director. This would need to have been obtained illicitly from a Catholic church for their purposes. However, the most recent statement released by the Extension School has recanted and assured the public that the ritual will involve an ordinary piece of bread. Conflicting reports have continued to emerge. On Wednesday Undergraduate Chaplain Fr. Matthew Westcott urged parishioners at St. Paul’s to consume the host in front of the priest and ministers to ensure the safety of our most precious religious practice. Actions intended to inspire such fear among the Catholic community have no place among our tolerant and “welcoming” Harvard.

Even if the members of the Satanic Temple do not employ a consecrated host, there are a number of problems with the desecration of Catholics’ most important sacrament. As some alumni have been bold enough to mention, Harvard would never allow a reenactment of the burning of the Quran for the sake of religious or free expression, or even education.
 

aribell

formerly nicola.kirwan
Regardless of what people believe about the Eucharist, the intent of this group was disgusting and malicious. And Harvard is beyond the pale for being willing to permit it at all.
 

mensa

Well-Known Member
I am do happy, elated, exited, thrilled, ecstatic, and grateful that this happened.

How dare they insult our Lord Jesus Christ like this. Shame on them!
 

Lucia

Well-Known Member
@Galadriel

This satanic preist claims he's atheist. If you're atheist and don't believe than why go through all this to desecrate something you don't believe even exists ? what a con !

http://m.nydailynews.com/news/natio...ack-mass-harvard-university-article-1.1786440



Satanists to perform ‘black mass’ at Harvard University
CAROL KURUVILLA NEW YORK DAILY NEWS05/09/2014 4:31 PM ET





V/GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO

Medieval people believed witches performed black masses to worship the Devil — but the accusations were most likely used to justify witch hunts.


They’re playing Devil’s advocate.

The New York-based Satanic Temple will be staging a black mass on Harvard University’s main campus next Monday — and the thought of calling demons into being has the Church all riled up.

Perhaps that’s the point.

The black mass is an inversion of the traditional Catholic Mass that medieval people associated with witches. The witches were accused of stealing a consecrated piece of Communion bread for the mass and worshipping the Devil.

However, there’s little evidence that the specter of black masses was anything more than myth that was used by people in power to justify witch hunts and trials.

Satanic Temple spokesperson Lucien Greaves says his group contacted the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club to organize a re-enactment of a black mass based on the imaginings of French writer Joris-Karl Huysman in the novel “La-bas.” Huysman wrote the novel during the French Occult Revival of the 1800s.



ELYDANE VIA YOUTUBE

Lucien Greaves is spokesperson for The Satanic Temple.
Greaves says next week’s black mass at Harvard’s Queen's Head Pub is meant to be educational. Members of the Satanic Temple don’t have anything diabolical planned — the group is not planning to use a consecrated host or provoke the spirit world. In fact, Greaves says he is an atheist.

“This is not a supernatural ritual,” Greaves told the Daily News. “We don’t believe in the supernatural. And I don’t think belief in the supernatural should give you any privilege, since any deeply held belief should be protected.”

This makes The Satanic Temple’s activities more of a political statement than a cohesive religious ritual — in other words, closer in theology to the Church of The Flying Spaghetti Monster than the Church of Satan.

Still, the Devil is essential.

“There’s no stronger cultural symbol for the revolt against the general idea of arbitrary authority and revolt against ultimate tyranny,” Greaves said of Satan. “There’s no better a construct that can act as a narrative for our works and goals.”
 

Galadriel

Well-Known Member
@Lucia I suspect Satanists who claim to be atheist are divided into two groups:

1. Atheists who see themselves as "intellectual Satanists." They don't believe Satan exists as an actual being, but as an ideal, and so they prop it up to express their opposition to traditional Christianity.

2. Satanists who only *say* they are atheist and know exactly what they're doing.

I'll stress that these two groups are different from a regular atheist who wouldn't believe in either God or Satan. But yes, it is odd to claim atheism but engage in Satanism.



@Galadriel

This satanic preist claims he's atheist. If you're atheist and don't believe than why go through all this to desecrate something you don't believe even exists ? what a con !

http://m.nydailynews.com/news/natio...ack-mass-harvard-university-article-1.1786440



Satanists to perform ‘black mass’ at Harvard University
CAROL KURUVILLA NEW YORK DAILY NEWS05/09/2014 4:31 PM ET





V/GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO

Medieval people believed witches performed black masses to worship the Devil — but the accusations were most likely used to justify witch hunts.


They’re playing Devil’s advocate.

The New York-based Satanic Temple will be staging a black mass on Harvard University’s main campus next Monday — and the thought of calling demons into being has the Church all riled up.

Perhaps that’s the point.

The black mass is an inversion of the traditional Catholic Mass that medieval people associated with witches. The witches were accused of stealing a consecrated piece of Communion bread for the mass and worshipping the Devil.

However, there’s little evidence that the specter of black masses was anything more than myth that was used by people in power to justify witch hunts and trials.

Satanic Temple spokesperson Lucien Greaves says his group contacted the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club to organize a re-enactment of a black mass based on the imaginings of French writer Joris-Karl Huysman in the novel “La-bas.” Huysman wrote the novel during the French Occult Revival of the 1800s.



ELYDANE VIA YOUTUBE

Lucien Greaves is spokesperson for The Satanic Temple.
Greaves says next week’s black mass at Harvard’s Queen's Head Pub is meant to be educational. Members of the Satanic Temple don’t have anything diabolical planned — the group is not planning to use a consecrated host or provoke the spirit world. In fact, Greaves says he is an atheist.

“This is not a supernatural ritual,” Greaves told the Daily News. “We don’t believe in the supernatural. And I don’t think belief in the supernatural should give you any privilege, since any deeply held belief should be protected.”

This makes The Satanic Temple’s activities more of a political statement than a cohesive religious ritual — in other words, closer in theology to the Church of The Flying Spaghetti Monster than the Church of Satan.

Still, the Devil is essential.

“There’s no stronger cultural symbol for the revolt against the general idea of arbitrary authority and revolt against ultimate tyranny,” Greaves said of Satan. “There’s no better a construct that can act as a narrative for our works and goals.”
 
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