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Oklahoma City Archbishop condemns plan for Black Mass

Little more than a month and a half after a satanic "Black Mass," which makes a public mockery of the Catholic faith, was canceled by members of the Harvard University Extension after a massive public outcry and a Eucharistic procession planned for the same time by Boston-area Catholics, a supposed "Satanic high priest," called Adam Daniels says he will perform the blasphemous rite at the Oklahoma City Civic Center. He told The Oklahoman that a Black Mass is “a ritual that is similar to a Catholic Mass, but done in such a way that you are offering a sacrifice to Satan to receive his blessing.” Archbishop Paul Coakley responded on Tuesday to Catholics and other news media.

“For more than 1 billion Catholics worldwide and more than 200,000 Catholics in Oklahoma, the Mass is the most sacred of religious rituals,” Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City said in a statement. “It is the center of Catholic worship and celebrates Jesus Christ’s redemption of the world by his death and resurrection. In particular, the Eucharist – which we believe to be the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ – is the source and summit of our faith.” The event is slated to occur on September 21st. It has been held in the past and has had attendance of between 50 and 90 people, civic center officials have told the press.

Considering that the Black Mass has occurred in Oklahoma City before, it might make far less news if not for the planned event at Harvard that was ultimately canceled less than two months ago. This may be less because the Harvard row brought negative attention about Satanism, especially among Catholics (which it certainly did) and more because the same group that sponsored the canceled event at Harvard, the New York-based Satanic Temple continues to pursue its efforts to place a statue of an enthroned Lucifer at the Oklahoma State Capitol.

Archbishop Coakley said that the Catholic community in Oklahoma City is planning peaceful counter-protests to the event. “In the meantime, I call on all Catholics in central and western Oklahoma – as well as all men and women of good will – to pray for a renewed sense of the sacred and, in particular, to pray that the Lord might change the hearts and minds of the organizers of this event," he stated.

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