Satanists to stage ‘black Mass’ at Harvard

(RNS) A Harvard-affiliated student club will host a Satanic “black Mass” on Monday (May 12) as part of an educational exercise, a stunt that the Archdiocese of Boston says “places participants dangerously close to destructive works of evil.”
General view of Radcliffe Quadrangle at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.

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The ritual — based on the rites of the Roman Catholic Mass but altered in ways designed to be offensive or satirical — will be performed by members of the New York-based Satanic Temple. The performance will be an enactment, not a genuine black Mass, temple members said. “While black Masses are supposed to utilize a consecrated host, ours is merely representative of a consecrated host,” Lucien Greaves, a spokesman for the temple said in an interview. “It is not consecrated. We neither believe in nor invoke the supernatural.” The purpose of the Mass is educational, Greaves said. Temple members plan to provide narration, explanation and historical footnotes as they perform. The black Mass is being staged at the request of the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club, a independent student organization of the Harvard Extension School, which offers continuing education classes online as well as on Harvard University’s historic campus in Cambridge, Mass. The school has attempted to distance itself from the club’s event. “Harvard Extension School does not endorse the views or activities of any independent student organization,” it said in a statement on its website. “But we do support the rights of our students and faculty to speak and assemble freely.” The Cultural Studies Club has held enactments of other religious and cultural events, including a Shinto tea ceremony, a Shaker exhibition and a demonstration of Buddhist meditation. “Our purpose is not to denigrate any religion or faith, which would be repugnant to our educational purposes, but instead to learn and experience the history of different cultural practices,” a statement composed by the club reads. “This performance is part of a larger effort to explore religious facets that continue to influence contemporary culture.” Reaction in Boston, especially from the local archdiocese, has been less than enthusiastic. “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 participants dangerously close to destructive works of evil.” The archdiocese will host a “holy hour” at a Cambridge parish at the same time as the black Mass is held on the Harvard campus. Lately, the Satanic Temple is enjoying a burst of attention. It is the same group attempting to erect a Satanic monument on the grounds of the Oklahoma Capitol. And in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to allow sectarian prayers at public meetings, it offered a Satanic invocation published in the Los Angeles Times. KRE/AMB END WINSTON The post Satanists to stage ‘black Mass’ at Harvard appeared first on Religion News Service.

10 Responses to “Satanists to stage ‘black Mass’ at Harvard”

  1. Michele Joseph

    TYPO : ” You can’t argue with the genuine article. and , you, kid , are, the genuine article .”

    • Denis Eble

      I noticed this news headline: May 18: Blue Mass to honor law enforcement

      Apparently there is a ‘mass’ for all of the colors in the Crayon box. I wonder if the celebrant dresses up in coordinating color costumes for each of these rainbow masses? What about pink?

  2. Michele Joseph

    This might be something good for certain people on this site with legalistic minds to remember also.
    You don’t connect with people tbrough their minds.
    It’s tbe heart that ‘s the door.
    You can argue with ideas. the constructs of the mind. but you can’t argue with the meeting of the hearts.
    What did I say about the movie “Leap of Faith”
    Steve Martin ” You can’t argue with the genuine article, and you,kid. Fe the genuine article”
    Food, Sweaters. Hugs. Kisses. Even , a pack of cigarettes. if needed.
    But. all this yip-yap flip- flap conservative liberal socialist libertarian guns no guns crap.
    A kiss a hug meat-loaf , even a beer.
    We talk too damn much & give too little.

  3. Michele Joseph

    I have proof this is successful.
    I myself , at nineteen years of age, was baptized by the Assembly of God, JUST. LIKE . THAT.
    Been a lot of years, but I remember.
    Give them a family, not a court case.

  4. Michele Joseph

    Let me comment on kids
    You keep your religion off public/secular property.
    You say: ” I have food ! You missin your mama ? I have meat-loaf & mashed potatoes & green beans & apple pie & ice cream ! And I have a van ! And I have a movie an a speech & singing about Jesus !” And you transport them OFF that property to an off- campus location & bring them back when you are done. Then these dog-turds don’t have a leg to stand on & you are protected from anybody’s objection ! You want to talk about Jesus ? Or do you want to talk about how you have the right to talk about Jesus !?!?

  5. Michele Joseph

    The religious rights’ attempts to force their views on the secular populace is the best thing that every happened to these cretins.

  6. Michele Joseph

    In comments re/ the Benham Brothers, I offered the hypothesis that sometimes “taking a stand” is done for attention & profit.
    This – from the Satanic Temple site – “Modern Satanisms(sic) defined in the 20th century, have suffered from stagnation, inactivity and non-existent political relevance”
    This-from the author, Kimberly Winston :” Lately the Satanic Temple is enjoying a burst of attention “.
    Newton’s third law of thermo-dynamics “Every action has an equal and opposite reaction”
    The religious right, with their insistence on dragging religion into the public square, have succeeded in creating a rationale for these pimply-faced adolescent losers to call it acceptable to drag their ridiculous drug-fueled ideas into the public eye.
    Now we have to listen to these pubescent brats as if they have something of value to say.

  7. nick batt

    If they have any sense, they should.

  8. nick batt

    so much for Harvard as a school worth attending.

    • Denis Eble

      …I’m sure that ‘thousands’ of high school grads will turn away from attending this most prestigious university because of a black mass. LOL.

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