A couple of weeks ago, there was a controversy at Harvard University when the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club (with the help of the Satanic Temple of New York) planned to put on a “Black Mass,” a ritual that inverts the Catholic Mass (for example, by desecrating a communion wafer).
Despite the fact that no consecrated wafer was going to be used in the ceremony, Catholics were furious that the campus was allowing this ritual to take place (even in an academic context). A Crimson op-ed dubbed it “Hatred at Harvard” and President Drew Faust attended a Catholic counter-Mass in response (while half-heartedly talking about the right to free speech).
No matter how you perceived the Black Mass, the truth was that no Catholics were harmed in the making of this ritual. Everyone that was done was purely symbolic. The only damage may have been to some peoples’ sensibilities.
Which makes you wonder what the hell Pope Francis was thinking when he compared a Black Mass to child molesters within the Church: