Archbishop, Bishop Speak Out Against Black Mass

Here is Archbishop Coakley’s letter calling for prayer and penance about the black mass in Oklahoma City.

The video from Bishop Slattery, of Tulsa, Oklahoma is below that.


August 4, 2014
The Memorial of St. John Vianney

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

By now you are probably aware that a Satanic group has scheduled a so-called Black Mass for Sunday, September 21 at the Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City.

Even though tickets are being sold for this event as if it were merely some sort of dark entertainment, this Satanic ritual is deadly serious.  It is a blasphemous and obscene inversion of the Catholic Mass.  Using a consecrated Host obtained illicitly from a Catholic church and desecrating it in the vilest ways imaginable, the practitioners offer it in sacrifice to Satan.  This terrible sacrilege is a deliberate attack on the Catholic Mass as well as the foundational beliefs of all Christians.  It mocks Our Lord Jesus Christ, whom we Catholics believe is truly present under the form of bread and wine in the Holy Eucharist when it has been consecrated by a validly ordained priest.

In spite of repeated requests, there has been no indication that the City intends to prevent this event from taking place.  I have raised my concerns with city officials and pointed out how deeply offensive this proposed sacrilegious act is to Christians and especially to the more than 250,000 Catholics who live in Oklahoma.  I am certainly concerned about the misuse of a publicly supported facility for an event which has no other purpose than mocking the Catholic faith.  I am especially concerned about the dark powers that this Satanic worship invites into our community and the spiritual danger that this poses to all who are involved in it, directly or indirectly.  Since it seems this event will not be cancelled, I am calling on all Catholics of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City to counteract this challenge to faith and decency through prayer and penance.

Specifically, I am asking that the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel be included at the conclusion of every Mass, beginning on the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord (August 6) and continuing through the Feast of the Archangels (September 29).  I invite all Catholics to pray daily for divine protection through the intercession of this heavenly patron who once defeated Lucifer in his rebellion against the Almighty and who stands ready to assist us in this hour of need.

Secondly, I am asking that each parish conduct a Eucharistic Holy Hour with Benediction to honor Christ’s Real Presence in the Holy Eucharist, between the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (August 15) and September 21, to avert this proposed sacrilege.

Finally, I invite all Catholics, Christians and people of good will to join me in prayer for a Holy Hour, outdoor Eucharistic Procession and Benediction at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Oklahoma City at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 21, the day of the proposed sacrilege.  We will pray to avert this sacrilege and publicly manifest our faith in the Lord and our loving gratitude for the gift of the Holy Eucharist, the source and summit of our lives.

A printable version of the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel is available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese on the archdiocesan website (  If you have not yet done so, I urge you to contact the Office of the Mayor, the Honorable Mick Cornett, to express your outrage over this offensive and blasphemous sacrilege and this misuse of a tax-supported public space.

Commending our efforts to the Lord through the loving intercession of Mary, the Mother of God, I am

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley
Archbishop of Oklahoma City

Bishop Slattery

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  • FW Ken

    The satanists have suited up a hornets’ nest of praying Catholics.

    I do wish the pope would return the Prayer to St. Michael and the Last Gospel at the end of every Mass. We need St. Michael and we need to hear that Jesus is the Word of God.

    • hamiltonr

      I absolutely agree about the prayer to St Michael. I include a prayer to him in my daily prayers every day. I feel that he has protected me through some harsh attacks.

    • AnneG

      I do, too. I pray it every day and at the end of every mass. I’m working on my parish and our pastor to introduce and increase Adoration and Benediction right now. Then, I’ll start asking about the prayer to St Michael. These things devotions fell out of style in our diocese because the former bishop, God rest his soul, was too modern.
      I’m glad your archbishop is using our weapons against evil.

  • AnneG

    I’m of two minds about this, based on what you said in the original article. Last year nobody came. But, maybe bringing together the Catholic faithful and other believers is a worthy response to this and may, ultimately, bear good fruit.

    • hamiltonr

      Since the Archbishop has decided to do this, I’m going to back him in every way I can. It was his decision and he’s made it.

      I would like to see a huge number of people at these processions.

  • disqus_FkDc7FomTy

    Your laws brought this upon yourselves. But allowing religion on government ground you have caused all religions to be allowed on government grounds. To bad you guys didn’t see the slippery slope you were walking down. Now us people who like separation of church and state get to sit here and laugh at you.

    • FW Ken

      The problem isn’t religion on public property. After all, the atheists got to have their rally on the National Mall, and church groups rent public facilities all the time.

      The problem is hate. The point of a black mass is to desecrate the core of another religion. It’s as though a bible conference included desecration of a Koran. I would object to that, whether the property were public or private.

      By the way, have you read Jefferson ‘ s letters to the Danbury Baptists and the Ursaline Sisters of New Orleans? They are sort of required reading if you want to talk about separation of church and state.