The organizers of the “Black Mass” planned to be held at the Oklahoma City Civic Center on September 21st, written of in two previous column for The Examiner, have now told the Catholic press, specifically the website Aleteia, that the host that they intend to use is a consecrated one. This has once again raised the ire of Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul Coakley who has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Archdiocese to retrieve Our Blessed Lord from the practitioners of witchcraft and devil worship, it was revealed by Catholic News Agency yesterday. The legal theory behind the suit is simple, namely that the Catholic Church has exercised authority over the Eucharist for two millennia, determining how and it what manner it is consecrated, when it is consecrated, who can receive it and in what manner. “Our legal theory is very simple,” attorney Michael W. Caspino, of the law firm Busch and Caspino, said to the National Catholic Register, “a consecrated Eucharist belongs to the Church.”
Archbishop Coakley has called the planned “Black Mass,” an act of Satanic worship, a “grievous sacrilege and blasphemy of the first order” which involves “taking what is most sacred to us as Catholics, and mocking it, desecrating it, in vile, often violent and sexually explicit ways. It's obviously horrendous…what they intend to do with that consecrated Host is offensive beyond description,” the Archbishop had previously told Catholic News Agency. The planned Black Mass in Oklahoma City comes on the heels of the cancellation of a similar ritual sponsored by the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club after students and the local Catholic community, including some Harvard professors, reacted with a great uproar. Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston led the opposition, which included a massive Eucharistic procession during the time that the blasphemy would have taken place.
UPDATE: An attorney which represents Adam Daniels, the organizer of the Satanic worship, has returned the consecrated host to a priest of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. Archbishop Coakley has expressed relief that Our Eucharistic Lord has been returned to the province of the Church. “I am relieved that we have been able to secure the return of the sacred Host, and that we have prevented its desecration as part of a planned satanic ritual,” Archbishop Coakley said yesterday. “I remain concerned about the dark powers that this satanic worship invites into our community and the spiritual danger that this poses to all who are involved in it, directly or indirectly.”