Skip to comments.Black Mass Cancelled Amid Uproar As Cultural Studies Club Withdraws Sponsorship
Posted on 05/12/2014 7:57:21 PM PDT by NYer
UPDATED: May 12, 2014, at 8:15 p.m.
The Harvard Extension School Cultural Studies Club has dropped its sponsorship of a re-enactment of a Satanic black mass ritual, which was scheduled to occur Monday evening at Cambridge Queens Head Pub. A spokesperson for the Satanic Temple, which was facilitating the black mass, said that the organization no longer plans to hold a black mass this evening.
The Harvard Extension School Cultural Studies Club originally said that it planned to relocate its reenactment of a Satanic black mass ritual, scheduled for Monday night, to an off-campus site, citing in an email that misinterpretations about the nature of the event were harming perceptions about Harvard and adversely impacting the student community.
The club wrote in its email around 5 p.m. that they planned for the event to be held at The Middle East nightclub in Central Square at 9 p.m. But Clay S. Fernald, the general manager of The Middle East, said Monday evening that the nightclub will not host the event, and that negotiations with the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club had fallen through.
Fernald declined to comment on why negotiations had ended.
Around 7 p.m., the Cultural Studies Club sent an email saying that they had been unable to find another location and would no longer sponsor the black mass.
The club emphasized in the 5 p.m. email that Harvard had not asked them to move the event from its previous location, the Cambridge Queens Head Pub in the basement of Memorial Hall, and commended the University for affirming its members rights to free speech and assembly.
Harvard always demonstrated that it understood its responsibility to defend protected student speech. That was always made clear to us, the club wrote in a second email.
In response to the events relocation, Terrence Donilon, secretary of communications for the Archdiocese of Boston, said that the Catholic Church still condemns any re-enactment of the Satanic ritual, regardless of setting.
Whether they have it at Harvard or at some other location, this is repugnant. No other community would stand u p for this, he said. We recognize that were a country that allows free speech, but were also a country that shares in the common good. Theres nothing good that comes out of desecrating the central element of the Catholic Church, which is the Eucharist.
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As I’ve said on other threads, I grew up as a High-Church Episcopalian, but converted to Catholicism while I was an undergraduate at Harvard. Fr. Porras of Opus Dei was the Chaplain of the Harvard Catholic Club at that time, and there were a lot of faithful Catholics in the Club.
I went to Mass at St. Paul’s Church in Cambridge pretty often. It is a beautiful church, and at that time was a wonderful place to attend Mass. I don’t know how things are now. But I’m certainly encouraged by what I read about the response of Harvard and Boston Catholics to this challenge.
As does this agnostic lightning dodger.
Well done, from the Christian Marines.
Check your link again. It just moved off campus. Now the headline reads:
Even as Harvard Group Drops Sponsorship, Black Mass Underway at Hong Kong [restaurant]
Although the Harvard Extension School Cultural Studies Club dropped its sponsorship of a re-enactment of a Satanic black mass ritual earlier in the night, members of Satanic Temple gathered for what appeared to be a black mass on the second floor of the Hong Kong restaurant and lounge shortly after 10 p.m. Monday.
The Hong Kong is located on Massachusetts Avenue, directly across the street from Harvard Yard.
Prayers continue for all those involved. Please open yourselves to Christ’s love.
Thanks for the updated information. I doubt they will find an altar in a chinese restaurant.
This is veering off into Spinal Tap territory now.
Thanks Be To God. This had become quite serious..I’m glad the local Christian Community spoke loudly and clearly against this blasphamy.
It really doesn’t matter where it’s held or not held now. Harvard was willing to allow on campus an event that attacked a class of students on their campus.
Nor does their excuse about free speech hold water. That is precisely the excuse one would expect to hear out of anyone who wanted to attack a class of people. If the Nazis wanted to hold an anti-Jewish rally at Harvard, one would expect them to use “free speech” as the issue.
So what is Harvard’s crime?
Honesty. Simple honesty.
Had Harvard said, “A hateful group has petitioned us for an opportunity to degrade all of our Catholic students at an on-campus event at 8 pm on 12 May at Queen’s Head Pub. Their existence as a group is premised on their hatred of a class of human beings. We do not recommend this program to anyone, yet, provided our security concerns are addressed, it will go forward because of our open forum policy on Harvard.”
This “re-enactment of a Satanic Mass” garbage was almost an advertisement. It was totally devoid of explanation that Satanism’s very existence is owed to a desire to degrade that class of students that adhere’s to Christianity.
Interesting. The Cultural Studies Club had members and a spokesman... But one had any names. Why. Don’t they publish the names of these people? Cowards!
We should not fool ourselves, this struggle is not by any means over. Satans group is withdrawing for now to review and regroup. This is the most direct attention they have ever had in the American Secular world, except for the Halloween season. Don’t be surprised if someone floats the concept of a reality show based on their twisted dangerous beliefs.
I'm another --probably more Deist than true Agnostic -- who remembers "Onward Christian Soldiers!" This is a battle of good over evil, positive over negative, light vs. darkness, Yin vs. Yang.
"At the sign of triumph Satan's host doth flee;
on then, Christian soldiers, on to victory!
Hell's foundations quiver at the shout of praise;
brothers, lift your voices, loud your anthems raise.
Still lots of folks trying to be good Catholics, still plenty of folks in the Catholic Student Association, still lots of folks at Mass at St. Paul's. The 11 am Mass is still celebrated beautifully. The Knights of Columbus council is doing well. In recent years, the school has averaged about one vocation to the priesthood or religious life per year.
As well, my son and his Catholic friends find many open-minded young people, who often start out irreligious and quite liberal, paying attention to the witness of their lives. There are also plenty of closed-minded doctrinaire liberals who couldn't find their rear end with both hands, but many of my son's non-Catholic friends rallied around the Catholic community this past week.
It is discouraging when folks herein say “Harvard is this” terrible thing, or “Harvard is that” terrible thing. Most folks don't have any idea what they're talking about. This is exams week. Yet, over a thousand folks crammed into St. Paul's. Over 60,000 - that's SIXTY THOUSAND students, faculty, and alumni signed the on-line petition denouncing the night schoolers and their scheme.
This week, Harvard is overwhelmingly pro-Catholic.
They may be fed the entrails of baboons in the Hong Kong restaurant.
Nobody would have bothered the “Satanic Temple” had it not tried a stunt of this kind.
It got Catholics boiling mad, but other Christians were angry too and it was forced away from Harvard. For now.
That said, the politics of what is “for” and “anti” can get mighty precarious. To love the devil is to hate God, and in the end it is to get yourself damned, but many moderns aren’t taking sides in the fight. If the Satanists had put on an explicit “devil love fest” they might not have gotten any opposition to speak of.
Thank you. I think that’s about the best news I’ve heard since this admin started!
I’d like to ask when any official arm of the university sponsored any Christian service.
long long ago
Sooner or later someone will find out and publish the names of the people involved in this. The backlash will be interesting.
America is getting fed up with all of this “in your face America” nonsense from the commie libs.
Several articles have mentioned that this same club is planning to host a Shinto tea ceremony, an exhibit about Shakers, and a lecture on Buddhist meditation.
Clearly, all of those are respectful of the religions mentioned, except the Black Mass, which is designed to make fun of Catholics and their faith.
What we’re left with is people who are stuck in the “spoiled child” phase of development when it comes to Catholicism. “I hate you I hate you I hate you!” as petulant children are wont to say.
The only thing left is to pray that these people grow up and grow out of their irrational hatred. Prayer can change hearts like nothing else.
And why does the Cultural Club fail to mention they are sponsored by the New York Satanic Temple? Not just them, though, for very few articles include the information that this was co-sponsored by the NY Cultural Club.
I’m sure they would have failed to mention it if the Catholic Church had co-sponsored a Koran burning.
Thanks be to God!
It is and blowback is coming.
Big difference is that, unlike the other faiths, anything involving devil worship could end up resulting in either demonic oppression or worse demonic possession.
Must be an old historic church.
And, I presume, President Faust (the jokes write themselves) would find a reason to forbid it. In two seconds.
That's pretty much what local news is reporting this morning. The restaurant staff was "unaware" of it.
It sounds like a meeting of the Massachusetts Libertarian Party, which I once attended. The meeting was held at a Ground Round, and most of the time was spent debating Robert's Rules of Order. There was a crowd of about 10 people.
This Catholic thanks you for your decency. When I think of the Satanists my heart plunges. Lord, save these slaves of hell.
... and very soon, impelled by the love of Christ, an inheritor of all the graces of God!
This is just one skirmish in which we have seen victory, though. I hope that this is just the beginning on our side of a huge spiritual battle, in which satan’s side has been winning far too often in our society.
This battle was won for and by Christ, so it was many Christians and not just Catholics who were praying for this outcome.
May God bless and keep both of you.
And may all Christians continue to pray for the defeat of satan’s works.
You are absolutely right. It would never have even been considered. It would not have made the light of day. It would have instantly been filed in the trash can.
It is not OK to attack certain classes of people: homosexuals and Muslims come to mind. But it is ok at Harvard to attack Christians, and there appears to be a special disdain for Catholic Christians.
True. They need our prayers. We’re asked by Mary to pray for conversion, so we should.
Yes, and now, going beyond Russia, prayers for the conversion of ALL to Christ, including the worse of sinners, including those who worship the enemy or who are Muslims.
The association with the Satanic Temple is explicit from the first posters the night schoolers put up on campus.