Has Harvard joined the war on Christianity?
The revered and prestigious Ivy League university, is holding a magical ceremony that mocks God and worships the devil.
A “Satanic Black Mass” that has local Catholics outraged.
Harvard president, Drew Faust, explains her decision to allow the Satanic ritual by saying it’s a freedom of speech matter, and the ritual will be educational, despite personally believing it to be ‘abhorrent’.
It’s not enough to read historical literature about pagan rites, the students are best served by “experiencing” them? How about re-enacting lynchings, gas chamber genocides, hate crimes or other horrific rituals that involve human sacrifice in the name of experiential education?
hat tip: Catholic News Agency
Connected to witchcraft and demonic worship, a black mass is a sacrilegious ceremony that invokes Satan and mocks the Catholic Mass. It involves the desecration of the Eucharist, generally by stealing a consecrated host from a Catholic Church and using it in a profane sexual ritual.
Initially, several media reports included confirmation from Priya Dua, a spokesperson for The Satanic Temple, which is staging the event, that a consecrated host would be used.
However, updates to the reports said that Dua later contacted them retracting her statement, saying that there had been a miscommunication and no consecrated host would be used.
hat tip: Boston Globe
Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley and Harvard University’s president are at odds over the university’s decision to allow a re-enactment of satanic rituals known as a “black mass” to be held on the campus this evening.
O’Malley said the event, to be hosted by the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club, is disturbing. This satanic ritual is believed to mock the Roman Catholic religion.
“Why people would want to do something that is so offensive to so many people in the community, whether they’re Catholic or not, it’s very repugnant,” O’Malley said in an interview with the Globe. “There’s a great fascination with evil in the world, but you know, it doesn’t lead to anything good.”
In a statement released today, Harvard University President Drew Faust said the performance will be allowed on campus. She called the student group’s sponsorship of the so-called black mass “abhorrent,” but said she must protect the group’s right to free speech.
“Vigorous and open discussion and debate are essential to the pursuit of knowledge, and we must uphold these values even in the face of controversy,” said Faust. “Freedom of expression, as Justice Holmes famously said long ago, protects not only free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we hate.”
At the time that the student organization is hosting its event, Faust said she will attend a service at St. Paul’s Church in Cambridge organized by the Boston Archdiocese. Faust said she is going to “join others in reaffirming our respect for the Catholic faith at Harvard.”
But still, O’Malley said he is disappointed because he would like the university to cancel the event.
“I was disappointed,” said O’Malley. “I was hoping that Harvard would see how offensive and how evil this was, and at least ask them not to do it on their property.”
“It is unimaginable that Harvard would have permitted such an obscene parody of the sacred rites of another religion,” said the League’s Executive Director C. J. Doyle in statement. “Anti- Catholicism, however, remains a respectable prejudice.”
The Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club has continuously urged critics to widen their understanding of satanic worship. In an interview via e-mail Friday, an unidentified spokesperson said the event was meant to be educational, not offensive.
The student club continues to defend its decision, as well as the right of the archdiocese to hold its own event. The spokesperson said the student group will use a piece of bread, not a consecrated host at their event, and no crucifixes will be present. A lesson about the historical context of this worship will precede the black mass, according to the spokesperson.
Hypocrisy runs rampant in the educational systems of America where some freedoms are allowed [Satanic ritual] and others [reading the Bible during free reading time, and praying]are not. One may wonder how soon rapists and violent criminals will be acquitted in a freedom of religion defense because they are performing a traditional ritual. Hmm, how soon?
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