Believe it or not, the Tulsa Civic Center Music Hall is selling tickets for a Black Mass to be held September 21.
Its producers, the occult group Dakhma of Angra Mainyu, are promoting the event as a form of dark entertainment. But, according to Oklahoma City’s Archbishop Paul Coakley, the use of a consecrated host makes the production “deadly serious” and “a blasphemous and obscene inversion of the Catholic Mass.”
Dakhma claims it was mailed an authentic consecrated host but has not disclosed the source.
Tulsa’s Bishop Edward J. Slattery of Tulsa, Okla., is asking all Catholics in his diocese to fast and pray so that the Black Mass may be cancelled.
Much to the objection of first amendment advocates, Oklahoma Governor Fallin used her office to express her official disapproval of the event. Even though she can’t officially stop it, she hopes public opinion will persuade the occult group to cancel.
Many of us have seen Black Mass scenes in movies and know it incorporates explicit sexual scenes as well. Dahkma of Angra Mainyu spokespersons promise that this part will be appropriately toned down. However, since desecration of a consecrated host is key to the Satanic ritual, Catholics strongly object to even the idea of any city facility condoning the presentation of such an event.
The Tulsa Civic Center Music Hall is a city owned facility.
Dewey F. Barlett, Jr. is Tulsa’s mayor.
If you feel like telling him was you think of Tulsa holding a Black Mass, he can be reached at 918-596-2100. Or you can send him you comments by clicking here.
If this can happen in Tulsa, Oklahoma it can happen here in Orange County, California.
Catholics everywhere should unite in protest.
This is akin to ripping out pages of the Bible and using them for toilet paper.
No matter what the venue, such disrespect is unacceptable, even in a country of religious freedom.
NOTE: The Harvard Cultural Studies Club had scheduled a Black Mass this past May. But it was cancelled due to public outrage.