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5/20/2014 (10 months ago)

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Ritual with masks and scantily clad women forced to nearby Chinese restaurant

A purported Satanic mass originally to take place at Harvard University earlier this week was forced to a nearby Chinese restaurant. Originally sponsored by a Harvard University student organization and to be conducted on campus, the campus group - the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club pulled its support at the last minute. The ceremony preceded instead at the nearby Hong Kong Restaurant and Lounge.

Catholic groups hotly criticized the ceremony, and urged Harvard to prevent it from taking place on campus.

Catholic groups hotly criticized the ceremony, and urged Harvard to prevent it from taking place on campus.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

5/20/2014 (10 months ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Satanic ritual, Harvard University, freedom of religion


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Harvard University says that it didn't prohibit the event, and said they allowed it s an expression of student free-speech rights. The incident nonetheless stirred up old questions about freedom of expression and religion.

Members of the Satanic Temple in question reiterated the fact that they don't really worship Satan so much as they embrace atheism. Instead, they point to Satan as a literary symbol of their humanist views.

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"About 50 people, mostly dressed in black and some wearing face makeup, were present for the ceremony. A consecrated host, believed by Catholics to be the body of Christ, was not used in the ritual," Theodore R. Delwiche and Alexander H Patel of the Harvard Crimson said in describing the scene.

"Four individuals in hoods and one man in a white suit, a cape and a horned mask were active in the proceedings, as well as a woman revealed to be wearing only lingerie. The ceremony began with a narration on the history underlying Satanism and the black mass ritual."

Catholic groups hotly criticized the ceremony, and urged Harvard to prevent it from taking place on campus.

"For the good of the Catholic faithful and all people, the Church provides clear teaching concerning satanic worship," the Archdiocese of Boston said in a statement warning of the "danger of being naive about or underestimating the power of Satan."

"This activity separates people from God and the human community, it is contrary to charity and goodness, and it places participants dangerously close to destructive works of evil."

The archdiocese in response held a Eucharistic procession from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to St. Paul Church on Harvard's campus, where more 1,500 gathered, including Harvard president Drew Faust.

The editors of the Boston Globe call the whole episode an "effort at trolling, not a statement about religion or free speech".

"It's understandable, but too bad, that Catholic groups took the bait; without a public backlash, such a deliberate effort to stir up rancor would have passed with minimal attention," they write. "In the future, Harvard should feel no need to indulge such affairs with a promise of campus space."

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