The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today condemned Harvard University for allowing a student group to have a Black Mass performed on campus. The New York based Satanic Temple, under the sponsorship of the Cultural Studies Club of the Harvard Extension School, will conduct the rite on Monday evening, May 12th, in the university’s Memorial Hall.
In a statement, the Extension School characterized the Black Mass as “part of a student led effort to explore different cultures,” and said the club would also host a Shinto tea ceremony, a Shaker exhibition, and a Buddhist presentation on meditation.
The Catholic Action League is describing the planned event as “an appalling sacrilege, a deliberate provocation, and a barefaced exercise in unconcealed hate speech.”
Catholics will pray a Rosary of Reparation outside of Memorial Hall prior to Harvard's Black Mass. Details forthcoming. #HarvardBlackMass
— Brother Andre Marie (@Brother_Andre) May 10, 2014
Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “A Black Mass is an occult, obscene, and demonic parody of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, intended to effect a ritual desecration and humiliation of the Holy Eucharist. It is impelled by a preternatural hatred of God, the Person of Jesus Christ, and the Catholic and Apostolic religion.”
“As the entire purpose of a Black Mass is to debase the Blessed Sacrament, assertions by the organizers that unconsecrated bread will be used ought not to be taken at face value. Black Masses invariably entail the theft of consecrated hosts, a crime made easier in recent years by the lamentable practice of communion in the hand.”
“This vile, impending profanation is one more wretched example of the inordinate hypocrisy which afflicts American academic life in the matter of whose sensibilities may and may not be offended. The double standard is as shameless as it is deplorable.”
The Catholic Action League will join other Catholic organizations in a peaceful picket and Rosary of Reparation outside of Memorial Hall prior to the event on Monday evening.