Magazine article Church & State

Okla. Catholic Officials File Lawsuit to Stop 'Black Mass' Ceremony

Magazine article Church & State

Okla. Catholic Officials File Lawsuit to Stop 'Black Mass' Ceremony

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A planned Satanic ritual at Oklahoma City's Civic Center spawned community outrage and a lawsuit over an allegedly stolen communion wafer.

The ritual, known as a "black mass" was scheduled at press time to take place Sept. 21 in a theater at the public venue, which is open to rental by members of the community. The nature of the mass caused quite a bit of controversy. Vice News reported that the original ceremony called for a deacon of the Satanic church to destroy consecrated communion wafers, which Catholics say are the literal body of Christ.

The National Catholic Register reported in August that event organizer, 35-year-old Adam Brian Daniels, said he received the wafers from a friend and believed they had been consecrated at a Catholic mass. Daniels founded the Satanic group Dakhma of Angra Mainyu. He has held black masses previously, but they have been sparsely attended.

The potential desecration of the communion wafers angered the Oklahoma City Archdiocese, which filed a lawsuit August 20 claiming that the wafers were stolen church property.

"The specific Satanic ritual known as a 'black mass' is intended as a deliberate attack on the Catholic Mass as well as the foundational beliefs of all Christians with the stated purpose of mocking the Catholic faith," Oklahoma Archbishop Paul Coakley said in a statement. …

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