Pentecost: A Beautiful Illumination

Illumination from Hours of the Usage of Rome, French School, 16th Century

Sometimes the heart just longs for beauty. June's cover of Magnificat Magazine took my breath away. That's "Pentecost" an illumination from a book of Hours from the 16th Century, and this is what Pierre-Marie Dumont writes of it:Shown at prayer, Mary intercedes for her "daughter" [the church] at the moment of her birth at Pentecost, just as she will constantly intercede for her to the end of time. Kneeling in the right foreground is Saint Peter, the first pope, wearing the mozetta in cloth … [Read more...]

“We are Church” Leader Martha Holzer is Excommunicated – UPDATED

The Herald UK was fast on the story:Martha Holzer and her husband, Gert, were excommunicated for “simulating the Mass”, according to the website Holzer is a leading personality in We are Church, which was founded in 1995 in Austria, German and South Tyrol and seeks liberal reforms within the Catholic Church.According to reports, the 67-year-old regularly took part in “private Eucharistic celebrations” at her home with no priest present. The Church considers the simulat … [Read more...]

BREAKING: Harvard “Black Mass” Relocating/”Cancelled” – UPDATE!

This just breaking from the Harvard Crimson:The Harvard Extension School Cultural Studies Club said it will 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 that the event will be held at The Middle East nightclub in Central Square at 9:00 p.m. … [Read more...]

Harvard Prez: Black Mass “Abhorrent”, But…

A statement from Harvard University President Drew Faust in full:The reenactment of a 'black mass' planned by a student group affiliated with the Harvard Extension School challenges us to reconcile the dedication to free expression at the heart of a university with our commitment to foster a community based on civility and mutual understanding. Vigorous and open discussion and debate are essential to the pursuit of knowledge, and we must uphold these values even in the face of controversy. … [Read more...]

Offline Until Tuesday: Comments Closed


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?

my dear wormwood

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

Coat of Arms Color Boston

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 clo … [Read more...]

Black Mass/Consecrated Host: Harvard Clarifies, Satanists Muddify


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


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”

Photosource Harvard Campus Reform

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 there, … [Read more...]