Black Mass at Harvard to Reenact Satanic Rituals-Truth!
Summary of eRumor:
Reports on the Internet that a group of students planned a “black mass” at Harvard that would reenact satanic rituals on campus drew criticism from the Archdiocese of Boston and other religious groups for mocking Catholic Mass.
It’s true that an independent group of Harvard students planned to host a black mass reenactment on the campus. The group later dropped its sponsorship, and the event was held off campus on May 12, 2014.
The Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club announced in a statement on May 9, 2014, that it no longer supported holding the black mass reenactment on campus and that the event had been moved to an undisclosed location off campus.
“We do not agree with the student group’s decision to stage an event that is so deeply disturbing and offensive to many in the Harvard community and beyond,” Robert Neugeboren, dean of students and affairs at the Harvard Extension School, said. “While we support the ability of all our students to explore difficult issues, we also encourage them to do so in ways that are sensitive to others.”
Harvard President Drew Faust released a statement condemning the black mass reenactment as denigration and mockery of Catholicism.
“The decision by a student club to sponsor an enactment of this ritual is abhorrent; it represents a fundamental affront to the values of inclusion, belonging and mutual respect that must define our community,” Faust said.
Still, Faust said, the university wouldn’t force a student group to cancel an event because the campus was committed to free expression.
Before the independent student group decided on its own not to host the event, Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley also weighed in.
O’Malley said black mass was a “ritual performed as a sacrilegious parody of the Roman Catholic Mass,” according to a report from the Boston Pilot, which publishes news on the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston.
Harvard Will Host a Satanic Mass
But it won’t “denigrate any religion or faith.”
The Ivy League continually sinks to shockingly low depths, but the latest news is particularly chilling. Today, the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club will host the Satanic Temple group as it reenacts a “Black Mass” on Harvard’s main campus.
Just what is a “black mass”? Said to have been created in the Middle Ages by those who practiced witchcraft, the black mass is a Catholic Mass, except inverted — for example, Communion bread is desecrated and mocked. As for the New York–based Satanic Temple, it is the same group that recently proposed erecting a large statue of the devil beside an existing Ten Commandments monument in Oklahoma.
The Harvard student group is standing by its decision to host the event,stating: “Our purpose is not to denigrate any religion or faith, which would be repugnant to our educational purposes, but instead to learn and experience the history of different cultural practices.”
Pardon me, but “our purpose is not to denigrate any religion or faith”? The entire purpose of a black mass is to denigrate the Catholic faith. Do they no longer teach basic-level thinking at Harvard?
As Yahoo! reports, the Archdiocese of Boston is calling on its faithful to pray for those involved and on Harvard to disassociate itself from the event. It says that such activity “separates people from God and the human community, it is contrary to charity and goodness, and it places participants dangerously close to destructive works of evil.”
Some media reports have been quick to downplay the controversy, with the New York Daily News almost mocking the Archdiocese’s concerns, writing: “All this talk about Satan has spooked the Catholic Church.”
The Satanic Temple’s spokesperson, who goes by “Lucien Graeves” (of course his name would be Lucien — I had at least three friends named Lucien in my goth days), spoke to the Daily News, stating that the black mass is meant to be educational and is not a supernatural ritual (adding he is an “atheist”).
The Daily News continues with a “nothing to see here, folks” tone, writing: “This makes The Satanic Temple’s activities more of a political statement than a cohesive religious ritual.”
But is this event really just political and not at all “religious”? The Satanic Temple describes itself as an “organized religion.” Will not this black mass incorporate language, symbolism, and artifacts of undeniable religious significance?
And if the Harvard group’s purpose is purely one of exploring political “disruption” or social radicalism from an educational standpoint, it raises the question: Would an event mocking Islamic beliefs ever be similarly hosted? We all know the answer.
Given the seminary origins of Harvard, and its early motto of Veritas Christo et Ecclesiae (“Truth for Christ and the Church”), how far has this nation sunk when this event is held on Harvard’s own grounds?
Sample found at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/377738/harvard-will-host-satanic-mass-j-delgado