Describer of Planned “Black Mass”: Guess How He Died?

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The always-interesting and ever-pastoral Bishop Christopher Coyne of Indianapolis drops a particularly juicy and instructive codicil on the whole "Black Mass" Brouhaha of the past week and, as they say in Brooklyn, it's a doozy:. . .here is the "kicker," as a friend of mine shared with me this little historical tidbit. The spokesperson for the Satanic Temple said that the presentation of the Black Mass was to be based upon the description found in the book Lá-bas ("The Damned") published in … [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

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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...]

St. Catherine of Siena would “get” Sister Cristina Scuccia

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Not long after Deacon Greg posted this bit about her singing "Flashdance: What a Feeling", a friend on Facebook shot me a private message wondering if I was not getting "a little worried" about all of the attention being given to Ursuline Sister Cristina Scuccia, or -- as she is known in Italy -- Suor Cristina."Well, sure. As she becomes more well-known, the world will throw awful temptations her way," I responded, "so we really should pray for her spiritual welfare. She's human and we're … [Read more...]

Heard About Brouhaha at Harvard? Thank the Blogs UPDATED

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Does Catholic blogging matter? Does it make a difference? That's more or less the question being debated at the Catholic Herald, UK, in light of the "Protect the Pope Blog" brouhaha, and I was pleased to be able to contribute to the conversation:Particularly in matters of evangelisation, the Church trusts that any field seeded for love of Christ and in service to others will – through the patient, expedient promptings of the Holy Spirit – bear good fruit at the time appropriate to God’s purp … [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 clo … [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 there, … [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 pra … [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 that is … [Read more...]

Patheos Celebrates 5 Years: The Best Memory is YOU

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Be on the lookout, for the next couple of days, for horns blowing and confetti flying at random as you open pages here at Patheos, because we're celebrating our Fifth Anniversary online! Woohoo! (#patheos5yrs), and we're making it interesting, too, by giving you a lot to look at and learn about starting with some background on our energetic founding under Leo and Cathie Brunnick, and also a little bit about how we've grown as a 'net presence (the Catholic Channel alone averages over 2 million … [Read more...]


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