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Harvard president: satanic mass 'abhorrent' but may proceed
cna ^ | May 12, 2014

Posted on 05/12/2014 1:48:25 PM PDT by NYer

The satanic service is scheduled to take place in Queen's Head Pub in the basement of Memorial Hall at Harvard. Credit: Ken Zirkel via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).

The satanic service is scheduled to take place in Queen's Head Pub in the basement of Memorial Hall at Harvard. Credit: Ken Zirkel via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).

Cambridge, Mass., May 12, 2014 / 10:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The president of Harvard said that a student group’s plans to hold a re-enactment of a satanic black mass are offensive, disrespectful and inflammatory, but will be allowed to proceed for the sake of free expression.

“The 'black mass' had its historical origins as a means of denigrating the Catholic Church; it mocks a deeply sacred event in Catholicism, and is highly offensive to many in the Church and beyond,” university president Drew Faust said in a May 12 statement.

“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,” she continued.

“It is deeply regrettable that the organizers of this event, well aware of the offense they are causing so many others, have chosen to proceed with a form of expression that is so flagrantly disrespectful and inflammatory.”

However, the president continued, due to the university’s “commitment to free expression,” the student group will be permitted to continue with its ceremony.

Faust said that she plans to attend a Eucharistic Holy Hour and Benediction to be held by the Catholic community at St. Paul's Church on the edge of campus, to coincide with the black mass.

In doing so, Faust said that she hopes to “join others in reaffirming our respect for the Catholic faith at Harvard and to demonstrate that the most powerful response to offensive speech is not censorship, but reasoned discourse and robust dissent.”

The announcement that the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club is planning a May 12 re-enactment of a satanic black mass on campus has prompted a wave of complaint from the Harvard community and beyond.

A black mass is a sacrilegious ceremony structured as a parody of the Catholic Mass. Connected to witchcraft and demonic worship, it invokes Satan and demons, often in Latin.

The ceremony is centered around the desecration of the Eucharist, which is generally done by stealing a consecrated host from a Catholic Church and using it in a profane sexual ritual, or defecating and urinating on it.

A spokesperson for The Satanic Temple, which is staging the event, initially told media outlets that a consecrated host would be used, although the temple and the Cultural Studies Club both later denied this, insisting that only a plain piece of bread would be used.

The Archdiocese of Boston has voiced strong opposition to the event, and many individuals in the Harvard community and broader Catholic community have called for it to be canceled. Critics argue that the university would not allow a re-enactment of a Koran burning or lynchings of African Americans for the sake of free expression, and neither should it allow a sacrilegious ceremony mocking the Catholic faith.

The Cultural Studies Club has defended the black mass re-enactment as educational and dismissed critics as demonstrating a close-minded “paranoia.” The group told CNA that those offended by the event hold outdated views “based on intolerance and ignorance,” which are “arrogant and egocentric.”


TOPICS: Catholic; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: blackmass; harvard; satanic

1 posted on 05/12/2014 1:48:25 PM PDT by NYer
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To: Tax-chick; GregB; Berlin_Freeper; SumProVita; narses; bboop; SevenofNine; Ronaldus Magnus; tiki; ...
While temple leaders conduct satanic rituals on Harvard University’s campus Monday evening, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston will host a eucharistic procession from MIT to a nearby church for an hour of prayer, hoping to “combat evil” with positive worship, church officials said.

Archdiocese plans counter to Harvard group’s black mass

2 posted on 05/12/2014 1:50:52 PM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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To: NYer

I find it ironic that the president’s last name is “Faust”.


3 posted on 05/12/2014 1:55:17 PM PDT by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: NYer

Will Harvard, in his commitment for freedom of expression, allow a ceremony centered around the desecration of the Koran, using it in a profane sexual ritual, or defecating and urinating on it?


4 posted on 05/12/2014 1:56:57 PM PDT by Dqban22
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To: NYer
"Bacchanale" from "Samson & Delilah" by Saint-Saens

Black Mass type event set to music. At least this would be entertaining.
5 posted on 05/12/2014 1:57:34 PM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: Carpe Cerevisi

Faust? Really. LMAO Someone tell this bunch of kooks that Jesus already won the battle and they picked the losing side.


6 posted on 05/12/2014 1:58:31 PM PDT by tioga (WFTD...be there or be square.)
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To: Carpe Cerevisi

I thought the same thing.


7 posted on 05/12/2014 2:01:42 PM PDT by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: NYer

However, the president continued, due to the university’s “commitment to free expression,” the student group will be permitted to continue with its ceremony.

Really. Suppose some college club decided to invite somebody, say, Condoleeza Rice or Anne Coulter or Michelle Malkin to talk, or decided to have a presentation on the evils of abortion and promiscuous sexuality, or to hold a presentation on the benfits of the Second Amendment, would their definition of “freedom of expression” prevail?

Those students who oppose this should picket it as well as the office of this sophomoric loon.


8 posted on 05/12/2014 2:02:49 PM PDT by ZULU (https://www.facebook.com/freejustina)
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To: NYer

Harvard and satanism: I don’t see the disconnect.


9 posted on 05/12/2014 2:03:27 PM PDT by 867V309 (GOPe? NOPe!)
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To: NYer

“However, the president continued, due to the university’s “commitment to free expression,” (unless you are Christian) the student group will be permitted to continue with its ceremony.”

Another gutless administrator. Do it with Islam then and see how long it takes for mass riots and bloodshed to get started.


10 posted on 05/12/2014 2:04:06 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: NYer

It’s abhorrent, but it’s Ok since it trashes Christianity.


11 posted on 05/12/2014 2:07:23 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible. Complicit in the destruction of this country.)
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To: NYer

I’ll see if I can get 72 virgins played by some queer guy sodomites and some washed up hookers to perform a parody of the islamic heaven and a midget in a tuxedo and turban to play Mohammed while “Allah” (whose part in the performance will be played a donkey in rubber waders) cavorts on stage. See if they stop that one from being done.


12 posted on 05/12/2014 2:11:00 PM PDT by februus
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To: NYer

I presume then that we could burn a cross in the Yard and lynch a dummy (for historical purposes, if course)?


13 posted on 05/12/2014 2:11:53 PM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: NYer

Really? And what about a Mass for the Christian conversion of the eternally lost and unbelieving:
Muslim?
Jew?
Jehova’s Witness?
Mormon?


14 posted on 05/12/2014 2:14:28 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The Acronym explains the science.)
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To: NYer
They would not hesitate to shut down a Christian Mass or a TEA Party gathering, with the excuse it may offend someone.
It is apparently OK to offend large number of Christians.

15 posted on 05/12/2014 2:40:01 PM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: NYer

Harvard president: “Symbolic Michael Sam lynching abhorrent, but may go forward.” /s


16 posted on 05/12/2014 2:40:32 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: ZULU
Dear Zulu,

Harvard has active, university-supported conservative student groups that receive free space and use of university resources (things denied to this night school student "cultural studies" group), and that hold activities on campus, invite speakers, etc. These include Harvard Pro-Life, the Anscombe Society (traditional marriage and sexual morality), and the college Republicans.

They don't usually do things that are flamboyant, but that's not always the case. A few years back, Harvard Pro-Life had a poster campaign featuring cartoon drawings and photos of a developing fetus representing an unborn girl, “Elena,” with pro-life quotes, which disturbed the tender sensibilities of many liberal students on campus, who consider the pro-life cause to be a “hate crime.”

I don't think that Harvard would permit the desecration of a Koran, but they'd probably hold their noses and permit the desecration of an effigy thereof. Just as they drew the line at the desecration of a consecrated host, in this case.

Harvard is far from perfect and has many flaws. It is a place swimming in its own liberalism (among its flaws). Nonetheless, my conservative son and his conservative friends have usually found welcome in Harvard's embrace, and failing that, at least tolerance.


sitetest

17 posted on 05/12/2014 2:42:36 PM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: sitetest

“I don’t think that Harvard would permit the desecration of a Koran, but they’d probably hold their noses and permit the desecration of an effigy thereof.”

Caveat - if it were under similar circumstances, i.e., held as a private event where the sponsoring group was paying its own way, as in the current situation, where the “student group” is actually privately renting the campus bar.


18 posted on 05/12/2014 2:45:43 PM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: NYer

There is nothing more dangerous to anti-theists than the admission that Satan is real.


19 posted on 05/12/2014 2:47:55 PM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: NYer

Wonder if the good president would sanction mocking that middle eastern religion that is so often in the news.


20 posted on 05/12/2014 2:53:30 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (The media must be defeated any way it can be done.)
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To: NYer

Odd how they tolerate the abhorrent events of non-Christians and anti-Christians, but the traditional events of the TEA party, conservatives, and Christians are utterly unconscionable and intolerable.


21 posted on 05/12/2014 2:59:39 PM PDT by Teacher317 (We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men)
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To: narses; markomalley; verga; Smokin' Joe; RitaOK; ladyjane; BlatherNaut; RichInOC

Ping to folks from other threads concerning this.


22 posted on 05/12/2014 3:12:18 PM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: februus

substitute a pig for the donkey and you have my vote.


23 posted on 05/12/2014 3:23:38 PM PDT by verga (When protestants post scripture I am reminded that even the devil can quote scripture.)
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To: NYer

When Faust goes to St. Paul’s Church tonight, she may want to avoid the Holy Water. Just sayin’...


24 posted on 05/12/2014 3:28:32 PM PDT by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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To: sitetest

Thank you very much for the ping. I pray above all this will not be the consecrated host of our Lord abused in this desecration.

I have, however, concluded that Americans will vote their brains out, board trains like the Jews, amuse themselves to death, but they will not fight. That blood is long gone from our country.


25 posted on 05/12/2014 3:28:39 PM PDT by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: Carpe Cerevisi
I find it ironic that the president’s last name is “Faust”.

Two words: Groundhog Day.

26 posted on 05/12/2014 3:35:56 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The commenters are plenty but the thinkers are few." -- Walid Shoebat)
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To: RitaOK
Americans will vote their brains out, board trains like the Jews, amuse themselves to death, but they will not fight. That blood is long gone from our country.

If so, it's because the best of it has been given since 1776 for the freedoms of others.

27 posted on 05/12/2014 3:38:55 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The commenters are plenty but the thinkers are few." -- Walid Shoebat)
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To: Albion Wilde

Absolutely wish that religious freedom still mattered, and that we were a Christian nation, but broadly, it does not and we are not. Very broadly. Our future is dim.


28 posted on 05/12/2014 3:58:40 PM PDT by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: NYer

I guess it is too much to hope for, but a huge bolt of lightning into that building at the right time would be a big message for these demoniacs.

Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle,
be our protection against
the malice and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him we humbly pray;
and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan
and all evil spirits
who wander through the world
for the ruin of souls. Amen.


29 posted on 05/12/2014 4:26:27 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: NYer; dcwusmc; Jed Eckert; Recovering Ex-hippie; KingOfVagabonds; Berlin_Freeper; UnRuley1; ...
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Freep-mail me to get on or off my pro-life and Catholic List:

Add me / Remove me

Please ping me to note-worthy Pro-Life or Catholic threads, or other threads of general interest.

30 posted on 05/12/2014 5:18:06 PM PDT by narses (Matthew 7:6. He appears to have made up his mind let him live with the consequences.)
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To: Bigg Red
A good prayer for Freepers to say at this time.


31 posted on 05/12/2014 5:33:10 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: NYer

I wonder why someone has not punked the Harvard administrators with dis-info by telling them that little Mohammed dolls and the Koran would be burned and desecrated.
That would make for some entertaining squirming.


32 posted on 05/13/2014 8:00:04 AM PDT by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est. New US economy: Fascism on top, Socialism on the bottom.)
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