Offline Until Tuesday: Comments Closed

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As a great family event is taking place, I will be offline until Tuesday; as I will be unable to monitor comments, they are closed at this time. … [Read more...]

What Would Screwtape Say re Harvard Black Mass?

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Yesterday, someone sent an email asking me, "Do you have enough energy to write this as a Screwtape Letter? "This" being the "Harvard Black Mass", I really didn't. As it turns out, fifteen hours at the desk is my limit. I didn't have to have the energy, however, because my correspondent provided an example of what he had in mind, and I thought was full-witty. "Dear Wormwood, I congratulate you on the success of your latest efforts at Harvard University. I must say, dear nephew, that … [Read more...]

Archdiocese of Boston Issues Statement on Harvard Black Mass

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This is the official statement, in full: The Catholic community in the Archdiocese of Boston expresses its deep sadness and strong opposition to the plan to stage a “black mass” on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge. For the good of the Catholic faithful and all people, the Church provides clear teaching concerning Satanic worship. This activity separates people from God and the human community, it is contrary to charity and goodness, and it places participants dangerously … [Read more...]

Black Mass/Consecrated Host: Harvard Clarifies, Satanists Muddify

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As I noted deep into the text, here, there remains in my mind some question as to whether the "Re-enactment" hosted by the Harvard Extension would involve the use of a Consecrated Host, as first confirmed by The Satanist Temple -- who is performing their first-ever Black Mass -- and then walked back. My reservation stemmed from what seemed like ambiguous language from Lucien Greaves. After the emphatic walk-back by spokesperson Priya Dua -- who stated firmly that no Consecrated Host would be … [Read more...]

BREAKING: Satanic Temple Walks Back: Do They Mean It? STAY TUNED

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Earlier this morning, I contacted Priya Dua, a spokesperson for The Satanic Temple, and she confirmed for me that the organization's May 12 "Re-enactment of a Satanic Black Mass" would involve the use of a Consecrated Host. Shortly after our conversation, I was put in touch with the perfectly pleasant-sounding Lucien Greaves, who appears to be a lead spokesperson for the group. I had meant to ask him how the Host had been obtained, and why such an effort had been made. He seemed unsure that … [Read more...]

“Yes we will use a Consecrated Host” at Harvard “Black Mass”

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Following up on this post, I have made a couple of phone calls to the The Cambridge Queen’s Head where Madelyn, an events manager, first promised to "research this", saying that her computers were down. During a subsequent conversation, sounding very flustered, she and told me she had no comment to offer at the moment. Confirming that she is the Events manager, she promised a response later today. She did confirm to another caller that the Harvard Cultural Exchange is having an event … [Read more...]

No Confirmation Yet on Harvard Black Mass Story

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I saw this last night at the Women of Grace site, and was skeptical. I remain so today: The Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club is hosting a black mass on May 12 to be staged by The Satanic Temple and which will include a consecrated host. According to a press release from The Satanic Temple, they plan on presenting the black mass at the Queens Head Pub in Memorial Hall, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA along with “an academic narration that explores the ritual’s unique history and … [Read more...]

Belying Emily Letts’ “good abortion” Words: Her Face UPDATE

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Kathy Schiffer calls a video of Emily Letts getting an abortion "weird", and if all you take into account is this young woman's words, they are weird; they make almost no sense. “I know that sounds weird, but to me, this was as birth-like as it could be. It will always be a special memory for me. I still have my sonogram, and if my apartment were to catch fire, it would be the first thing I’d grab.” If you let yourself become distracted by what is coming from her mouth, you miss all … [Read more...]

Bad moments in broadcasting don’t get much worse…

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Yeah...it's that bad. … [Read more...]

The Nun and the Rapper: “It’s All Good” Despite Naysayers

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Yesterday's piece at First Things discussed how an ingrained lack of gratitude can skew all of our reactions away from both generosity and joy. How we receive a good has a great deal to do with whether we receive more good. In truth, within the continual embrace of the Creator, we are on the receiving end of constant-good. As the saying goes, "it's all good," except as our limited human perceptions may perceive. It is precisely because our perceptions are so narrow, so unable to know what … [Read more...]


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