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Satanic 'Black Mass' At Harvard forced off-campus

Satanic 'Black Mass' At Harvard Forced Off-Campus



Apparently, the Prince of Darkness isn't welcome at Harvard.

WFXT reports a group of Harvard students planning what's known as a "black mass" were forced to move their satanic ritual to an undisclosed location. This after public outcry from students, school officials and the Archdiocese of Boston. The mass was supposed to be a reenactment of a Satanic ritual performed by The Satanic Temple of New York.

Fox news reports that's the same group that made headlines for proposing a statue of Satan be erected next to a Ten Commandments monument in Oklahoma. The student cultural club organizing the event said the mass was meant to be educational - an opportunity to teach students how the Satanic Temple holds a religious ceremony. Perhaps unsurprisingly, that didn't sit well with everyone.

A petition to stop the mass garnered more than 60,000 signatures.

Hundreds of people gathered for a prayer vigil in protest at a local parish.

And while Harvard University resisted calls to cancel the event, she did express disapproval, called it "abhorrent."

But before we go any further, you may be wondering -what exactly is a satanic mass?​ The answer depends on who you ask. ​

The National Catholic Register says the ceremonies are typically satirical and offensive in nature: "The 'Black Mass' in a nutshell is a Satanic ritual ... intended to mock Catholic belief and worship ..."

The Archdiocese of Boston- headed by a cardinal who even received some consideration to become pope last year - called such a mass "dangerously close to destructive works of evil." In a statement obtained by CNN, the group said its purpose was not to mock or offend the Roman Catholic faith but instead to "learn and experience the history of different cultural practices."

In an article for The Harvard Crimson, a professor of divinity at the school warned of a slippery slope should the school allowing such a performance. "The endeavor 'to learn and experience the history of different cultural practices' might in another year lead to historical reenactments of anti-Semitic or racist ceremonies."

After a local restaurant backed out of hosting the event, The Satanic Temple told The Boston Globe a smaller version of the event was held off-campus Monday night at an undisclosed location.


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Pastor Schenk May 13 2014 at 3:55 PM

Good for you, Harvard!! And just so you know, satanic rituals, satan worship, etc., not only mock Catholic beliefs but those of all Christians. In an age where Christian prayer, nativity scenes and other public practices, traditions, of Christianity are opposed, it's comforting to all Christians to see such actions as yours. God bless you! Pastor A. E. Schenk, Saint Louis.

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dan Pastor Schenk May 13 2014 at 4:03 PM

Christian beliefs are hypocritical. Most organized religions are.

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Mike Pastor Schenk May 13 2014 at 4:16 PM

Catholics believe they are actually drinking human blood and eating human flesh at the Mass. Seems like they have a lot in common with these folks.

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Mike May 13 2014 at 3:14 PM

You can't have students explore the sociology of a Black Mass in an educational context, but the Catholic Church can have priests who are multiple child molesters. Who is really doing the work of Satan here?

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David S. Mike May 13 2014 at 3:39 PM

Amen. The Catholic Church should be the last one to wag their finger in everyone else's face......

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Bearasaur May 13 2014 at 3:15 PM

That was a bad move. If there is going to be a religious presence at the University then ALL RELIGIONS should have the same and equal rights! This might not be my choice of religious beliefs, but if your going to welcome even one, you should have to welcome all!

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Mike May 13 2014 at 3:18 PM

Now that Harvard banned the Satanic Mass, can they get rid of the other worshippers who claim to be drinking blood and eating human flesh at their service?

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ds6342 May 13 2014 at 3:20 PM

The Archdiocese of Boston- headed by a cardinal who even received some consideration to become pope last year - called such a mass "dangerously close to destructive works of evil."...NOT UNLIKE THE CATHOLIC CHURCH ITSELF between lying for decades about rampant pedophilia, finances and living like kings, this antiquated institution is in no position to point fingers.

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David S. May 13 2014 at 3:27 PM

Ah, the Archdiocese of Boston, that bastion of moral virture ---- by the way, is the Vatican still hiding Cardinal Law in his swank apartment in Rome?

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bewolfe May 13 2014 at 3:30 PM

It seems to be our nature to humanize everything and a huge error to try and humanize Satan. Satan is pure evil, there is no good in him, he is the opposite of God! His interest in mankind is to destroy us because God loves us, nothing more.

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dan bewolfe May 13 2014 at 4:04 PM

I'm going to fart in your hair.

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pboucard50 bewolfe May 13 2014 at 4:09 PM

You stated:God loves us, nothing more Have you ever opened a bible to see how much god loves us? God killed his own son ! And lunatics want to be his children !

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cla.connie May 13 2014 at 3:46 PM

It appears any idiot can get into Harvard these days. A degree from this loony bin just ain't what it used to be.

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navigator89789 cla.connie May 13 2014 at 4:26 PM

Not just any idiot can get in though. The ones who get in are the spoiled idiot children of the very rich and powerful. I bet the "kids" who were involved came from super rich families who gave them anything they wanted.

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Bill May 13 2014 at 3:51 PM

If you believe in God as I do, then you must also believe that his word is revealed to us in he Scripture that is passed down to us in the form of the Holy Bible. In the scripture God tells us of Satan and what he is up to. We are also warned to not add one word or take away one word of the Bible. He also gives us the rules to live by, called the ten commandments. We are free to live by them or not by the "free will" he gives each of us. We are all sinners because we are human and have a sinful nature. As for me I choose to believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God and he has saved me by the blood he shed on the cross and by doing so took all my sins and shame upon himself. If you do not believe in God, then you better be right!

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knezrad May 13 2014 at 4:08 PM

"learn and experience the history of different cultural practices"? Then if they wished to replicate an Aztec sacrifice cutting out someone's living heart then eating them after they lose a basketball game, or decide in the name of druidism to burn some wanderer in a wicker cage, or to build a gas chamber to asphixiate people to experince German cultural values uf the nyd-1840d that id scceptsble? There are limits and these foolish kids went beyond them. It is not a quwstion of freedom of religion or freedom of speech.

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