Archbishop Demands Censorship of Satanists


A group of Satanists is planning to enact a “black mass” at the civic center in Oklahoma City next month and Catholic Archbishop Paul Coakley is demanding that the city prevent them from doing so because it’s offensive to him. And he seems to be baffled as to why the city has not done so. Here’s a letter he released:

August 4, 2014

The Memorial of St. John Vianney

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

By now you are probably aware that a Satanic group has scheduled a so-called Black Mass for Sunday, September 21 at the Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City.

Even though tickets are being sold for this event as if it were merely some sort of dark entertainment, this Satanic ritual is deadly serious. It is a blasphemous and obscene inversion of the Catholic Mass. Using a consecrated Host obtained illicitly from a Catholic church and desecrating it in the vilest ways imaginable, the practitioners offer it in sacrifice to Satan. This terrible sacrilege is a deliberate attack on the Catholic Mass as well as the foundational beliefs of all Christians. It mocks Our Lord Jesus Christ, whom we Catholics believe is truly present under the form of bread and wine in the Holy Eucharist when it has been consecrated by a validly ordained priest.

In spite of repeated requests, there has been no indication that the City intends to prevent this event from taking place. I have raised my concerns with city officials and pointed out how deeply offensive this proposed sacrilegious act is to Christians and especially to the more than 250,000 Catholics who live in Oklahoma. I am certainly concerned about the misuse of a publicly supported facility for an event which has no other purpose than mocking the Catholic faith. I am especially concerned about the dark powers that this Satanic worship invites into our community and the spiritual danger that this poses to all who are involved in it, directly or indirectly. Since it seems this event will not be cancelled, I am calling on all Catholics of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City to counteract this challenge to faith and decency through prayer and penance.

Specifically, I am asking that the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel be included at the conclusion of every Mass, beginning on the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord (August 6) and continuing through the Feast of the Archangels (September 29). I invite all Catholics to pray daily for divine protection through the intercession of this heavenly patron who once defeated Lucifer in his rebellion against the Almighty and who stands ready to assist us in this hour of need.

Secondly, I am asking that each parish conduct a Eucharistic Holy Hour with Benediction to honor Christ’s Real Presence in the Holy Eucharist, between the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (August 15) and September 21, to avert this proposed sacrilege.

Finally, I invite all Catholics, Christians and people of good will to join me in prayer for a Holy Hour, outdoor Eucharistic Procession and Benediction at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Oklahoma City at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 21, the day of the proposed sacrilege. We will pray to avert this sacrilege and publicly manifest our faith in the Lord and our loving gratitude for the gift of the Holy Eucharist, the source and summit of our lives.
A printable version of the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel is available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese on the archdiocesan website (www.archokc.org). If you have not yet done so, I urge you to contact the Office of the Mayor, the Honorable Mick Cornett, to express your outrage over this offensive and blasphemous sacrilege and this misuse of a tax-supported public space.

Commending our efforts to the Lord through the loving intercession of Mary, the Mother of God, I am

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley
Archbishop of Oklahoma City

As I’ve said many times, I have zero use for satanists and I think these kinds of rituals are utterly moronic and pointless. You’re playing dress up and trying to get attention. Good for you. But what are you, 11 years old? But here’s the thing: That’s a personal judgment of mine. I get to say that. What I don’t have the authority to do is use the government to prevent them from doing it. And neither does Archbishop Coakley, a fact he seems not to understand at all.

It isn’t the government’s job to decide what is and is not “sacrilegious” or “blasphemous” and ban it. In fact, the Constitution forbids the government to do that. You’re free to rage against it. You’re free to show and protest it. But you don’t get to censor it. I know it’s only been a few centuries since the Catholic Church was allowed to impose that kind of authoritarian dogmatism, but maybe it’s time to update your demands a bit.

Comments

  1. says

    “I am calling on all Catholics of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City to counteract this challenge to faith and decency through prayer and penance.”
    Penance? Yes, apologize to God for someone else’s act! God STILL won’t intervene??! Say you are really, REALLY sorry. THAT should do it.

  2. dingojack says

    “Secondly, I am asking that each parish conduct a Eucharistic Holy Hour …”

    I’d suggest a celebration of the ‘blood of Christ’ in the local wine bar — a Eucharistic Happy Hour, it you will.

    :) Dingo

  3. raven says

    wikipedia:

    The clarity of the celebration of the Black Mass in medieval times is imprecise; some sources referring to Black Masses during the medieval period appear to be lurid manuals that seem to have been written for witch-hunters in Latin, such as the Malleus Maleficarum (1486) and the Compendium Maleficarum (1608). There are arguments claiming that the Black Mass served solely as a shock method in order to accuse enemies for several reasons[citation needed],

    FWIW, there is little evidence that the Black Mass ever existed. What is supposedly known comes from dubious sources, the Catholic witch hunters, whose job was to accuse, torture, and kill alleged witches.

    Much of the rest is a modern invention, often from fictional novels.

  4. says

    Well I demand that the church had over all records concerning predator priests to the authorities…. but we all can’t get what we want.

  5. John Pieret says

    I have raised my concerns with city officials and pointed out how deeply offensive this proposed sacrilegious act is to Christians and especially to the more than 250,000 Catholics who live in Oklahoma.

    I bet there are a lot of fundamentalist Protestants in Oklahoma who are deeply offended by Papist idol-worshiping heretics too. Do they get to shut down your masses?

    I have raised my concerns with city officials and … I am especially concerned about the dark powers that this Satanic worship invites into our community and the spiritual danger that this poses to all who are involved in it, directly or indirectly.

    Indirectly involved? … like the city officials who won’t shut it down? Threatening them with “spiritual danger”?

  6. raven says

    I do agree with EB, that this is just a group poking xians with a sharp stick for laughs and attention. It’s childish and pointless.

    1. OTOH, why should the RCC care? According to their own mythology, god, jesus, Mary, the Saints, and the magicians known as priests are far more powerful than satan.

    Waving some holy objects around and mumbling some words should be enough to send all the evil forces packing.

    If their god can’t deal with a few people performing a ritual, why call it god?

    2. The cure for superstitious nonsense is…more superstitious nonsense.

    3. You have to be a xian to be a satanist anyway. To other religions or atheists, satan is just a fictional character out of the ancient book of mythology known as the bible.

  7. Reginald Selkirk says

    John Pieret #5: I bet there are a lot of fundamentalist Protestants in Oklahoma who are deeply offended by Papist idol-worshiping heretics too.

    Yes, and many of them would object to the Archbishop’s characterisation of Catholics as Christians.

  8. Artor says

    It’s deeply offensive to me that there are no Catholic bishops rotting in prison for their complicity in the rape of thousands of children. This is far more evil than any silly play-acting done by Satanists. More evil by many orders of magnitude. I’ve known a few Satanists, and while they aren’t my favorite people, I would MUCH rather spend time in their company than with any Catholic bishop.

  9. Jeremy Shaffer says

    I know it’s only been a few centuries since the Catholic Church was allowed to impose that kind of authoritarian dogmatism, but maybe it’s time to update your demands a bit.

    That’s part of the problem; it takes the Catholic Church several centuries to catch up and by that time the rest of us (Catholics generally included) have already moved on. Given the Church’s typical rate of cognition they’ll realize that they don’t have any authority to force their religion on people sometime around the mid-twenty-fourth century, assuming they haven’t merged with a giant fired chicken restaurant chain by then.

  10. raven says

    Superstitious moron the Archbishop:

    I have raised my concerns with city officials and … I am especially concerned about the dark powers that this Satanic worship invites into our community and the spiritual danger that this poses to all who are involved in it, directly or indirectly.

    Seems like this Archbishop isn’t very confident in his own spiritual power.

    If he really believed in the Power of Jesus and Mary, he would just laugh and send those Dark Powers running. Some holy water, a few consecrated hosts, and some exorcists should do it.

    Really, my cat could do it. She has as much power as all the RCC priests and the Pope combined.

  11. D. C. Sessions says

    What I don’t have the authority to do is use the government to prevent them from doing it. And neither does Archbishop Coakley, a fact he seems not to understand at all.

    The Church has been giving orders to governments for 1700 years. It may take a while to get used to the change.

    Give them a few more centuries. If they last that long, anyway.

  12. The Other Lance says

    “Waaaaaaa! They’re playing with my toys the WRONG WAY! Make them stop!!!!!”

    Oh shut up, you crybaby…

  13. says

    “I have raised my concerns with city officials and … I am especially concerned about the dark powers that this Satanic worship invites into our community.”

    When the dark powers are released from their locked-in state, they’re still constrained by community boundaries..

  14. raven says

    I invite all Catholics to pray daily for divine protection through the intercession
    of this heavenly patron who once defeated Lucifer in his rebellion against the Almighty
    and who stands ready to assist us in this hour of need.

    WTH???

    1. This isn’t in the bible!!! There was no War in Heaven and satan wasn’t defeated!!!

    2. It comes from Milton’s Paradise Lost.

    3. The War in Heaven is in Revelation. Which refers to future events. It hasn’t happened yet!!!

  15. dingojack says

    Raven – are there ‘non-fiction novels’?* [/pedant]
    Dingo
    ——–
    * or perhaps you meant novels that don’t really exist

  16. Kevin Kehres says

    …while they’re at it, maybe pray for the Harry Potter books and movies to be banned?

    Makes as much sense.

  17. anubisprime says

    Well is seems this present pope is as batshite insane as the last >

    The International Association of Exorcists, a group of 250 priests battling the forces of evil across 30 countries, has now had its statutes approved by the Vatican’s Congregation for Clergy

    This means exorcism is official RC doctrine now so the last few decades when it was in decline and most in the church had moved on into modern times has now been reversed by this modernist good guy pope…how very forward looking…meet the new pope same as the last pope!

    The dark ages beckon like a siren song for them does it not and they just cannot help themselves…

    This is what should be highlighted and denigrated rather then slagging off a perfectly reasonable act of proving the constitution of the USA is that robust and fairness to all is integral to its proclamations.

  18. says

    I can imagine the Archbishop having a tantrum, throwing his brocade hat and fluttering his silk robes while screaming, “I’m a Prince of the Church! I have power! Respect my authoritah!”

  19. hoku says

    I have to disagree with the dislike of Satanists. Whenever these limited public forum cases come up, people always warn that it might open the city/town/whatever up to having to cater to Muslims, Satanists, Atheists, Pastafarians, etc. I appreciate the Satanists affirmatively going out and showing the reality of what that means. I’m not sure how much they really believe, but the religious right certainly thinks they’re sincere. That separates them from the Pastafarians. The more the fanatics believe the Satanists are honestly worshiping Satan, the more they get offended, the more likely they are to shut down the space for public use.

  20. Alverant says

    I do think the Satanists do have a use, they remind christians that everyone else has the same rights as they do.

    You’re free to show and protest it.

    Of course if someone were to protest the archbishop performing a similar ceremony he’d complain and want them to be prevented from doing so.

  21. Pierce R. Butler says

    … he seems to be baffled as to why the city has not done so.

    Me too: from my limited experience, only the 2nd & 10th Amendments get taken very seriously anywhere in Alta Texas.

  22. caseloweraz says

    Secondly, I am asking that each parish conduct a Euphoric Happy Hour with Benedictine (B&B may be substituted if the former is unavailable.)

    FTFY.

    That’s the spirit, your grace!

  23. Randomfactor says

    Hey, Archie…would you be willing to impose the same restrictions on yourself? The Satanists can’t have their black mass, and you can’t have your “white” one?

    No? Didn’t think so.

    That’s a handy test for deciding whether the restriction you want to impose is fair. If you want to restrict same-sex marriage, would you also be OK with restricting straights from marrying? If not, blow it out your cassock, you hypocrite.

  24. magistramarla says

    Hoku mentioned the Pastafarians and it gave me an idea.
    I wonder how the xtian groups would respond if a Pastafarian group rented out a large venue and announced a spaghetti dinner for all comers (including the poor and homeless citizens) in honor of the great FSM?
    I think that Pastafarians all over the country should start fundraising for this great act of charity.

  25. dingojack says

    Is the leader of a congregation of Pastafarians ‘a Pasta’?
    Dingo
    ———
    magistramarla – why not start small in your own community? I’d recommend a Carbonara (you might as well piss-off as many mainstream religions as you can. Their whining makes for great publicity).
    [Bwhahahahahahahaha!!!]

  26. hoku says

    magistramarla, I like the idea, but with a caveat. It should be in a limited public forum, like a school auditorium, The point of what the Satanists are doing is to show that these privileges/benefits are not just for Christians. A big spaghetti dinner in the local elementary school could be an awesome reminder.

    The Satanists just do a better job because they make the radical Christians angrier. And the best part is that the more radical the Christian, the more they believe it actually benefits Satan and the angrier it makes them.

  27. brucegee1962 says

    @3 Raven,

    My understanding of the historicity of the Black Mass is that, whether or not it actually was ever performed, there were certainly plenty of intelligent people in the Middle Ages who were plenty pissed off at the Catholic Church. It would be pretty hard not to be, what with the whole “attempting to control every aspect of your life” thing they had going on. So to the extent that there may have actually been some kind of witch/satanist underground movement back then, it may have just been an informal secret society of unbelievers who were sick and tired of the oppressive and tyrannical church. Some of the extreme stuff they’re accused of may have just been a kind of entrance test: “You have to spit on the Bible before we’ll tell you where the meeting will be, so we can be sure you aren’t a church spy.”

  28. raven says

    there were certainly plenty of intelligent people in the Middle Ages who were plenty pissed off at the Catholic Church.

    That and what remained of Paganism. Folk religions in rural areas can hang on for a long time.

    A lot of historians trace the beginning of the end for the RCC to the Black Death of 1348. One third of Europe died and the RCC couldn’t do anything. It took a few centuries but the church never quite recovered from that.

  29. EnlightenmentLiberal says

    @Ed
    In one sense, I think it’s silly. I think it’s silly to do a pretend ritual, whether Christian or Satanist. However, I think the Satanists here may be doing a very important public service – moving the Overton window.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overton_window
    The priest is reacting with outrage that we’re mocking Jesus. Obviously, that means we should mock Jesus more often. We should start more Satanist groups whose entire purpose is to mock Christians. There need to be near explicit wink-wink that none of us take this seriously, but also it needs to do it properly in a way that will offend and outrage Christians.

  30. Matt G says

    raven @14 – Did this guy really screw up his theology that bad? Please elaborate on the Bible and Paradise Lost.

  31. raven says

    raven @14 – Did this guy really screw up his theology that bad? Please elaborate on the Bible and Paradise Lost.

    I don’t think there is such a thing as Real Theology. Although the xians would say so, a few tens of thousands of mutually contradictory Real Theologies.

    I’m no bible expert but the vast majority of xians know far less. Here goes.

    1. There is no Rebellion in Heaven in the OT. Satan walks on in Job as god’s buddy. There is no way he was the walking, talking snake in Genesis, a point even a lot of xians agree on.

    2. He then evolves. But doesn’t really get going until the New Testament. AFAICT, satan owes his transformation to Jews and xians borrowing Hellenistic Dualism, which they stole from the Zoroastrians, the eternal battle of light and dark. Xianity is a syncreatic religion like most.

    3. The War in Heaven is in Revelation, the last book. It’s all supposed to be the future. None of it has happened yet. (A few xians say it happened 2,000 years ago, lasted a few hours and no one noticed it.).

    4. Milton took that and retconned it to write Paradise Lost. It’s a cute story but it isn’t xianity.

    The above is my understanding based mostly on reading the bible. My natal church might have a position on it but I never heard of one. Most likely they have half a dozen, they weren’t real big into dogma.

    Anyone else who wants to can jump in. But it won’t settle anything. Xians are 42,000 sects that never agree on anything.

  32. says

    Seeing as Modus isn’t here yet:
    I had a black mass once, but the doctor said something about necro-something-or-other and told me to get it removed.

  33. lorn says

    A Catholic talking about how Satanist are evil. I’m not sure we can take his word for it.

    I say we have an American Idol style worship/mass off. Say … I don’t know … perhaps six teams. Three each from Catholic and Satanist. Each gets five minutes to strut their stuff and the loser gets tossed out. Add a ten minute intermission between sets and we can settle this in an hour, two on the outside. We can go long for miracles and if one or more supernatural beings show up. Think of the ratings.

  34. anubisprime says

    brucegee1962 @ 30

    Some of the extreme stuff they’re accused of may have just been a kind of entrance test: “You have to spit on the Bible before we’ll tell you where the meeting will be, so we can be sure you aren’t a church spy.”

    There seems to have been an element of that concerning the Templar Knights.
    The accusations, mainly concocted by Philip IV revolved around idolatry and heresy, a bit over egged it would seem…and Clement V was as enthusiastic as Phillip IV in pursuing them, fearing his papal position was compromised by a powerful order which the Templar’s were at the time, and probably a damn sight richer then the papal coffers could offer.

    One could imagine that seeing which way the wind was blowing like a pope and a king after their ass then certain signs and greetings might have been in a codified form to circumvent infiltration to their ranks, after all their lives depended on …staying alive!

    That code might have been the opposite of what was expected…spitting on a bible would have been the least of it.

  35. jnorris says

    Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley: “I am asking that each parish conduct a Eucharistic Holy Hour with Benediction to honor Christ’s Real Presence in the Holy Eucharist …”

    Nothing says “Stop the Satanists” like hosting Cannibal Fest 2014! Does one serve white blood or red blood with eucharistical divine human flesh? A pate with toast points?

    Paul, I can call you Paul, right?, anyway, why don’t you threaten to excommunicate the city council and its lawyers if they don’t obey your imperial Roman Catholic edicts? That always worked in the 12th century.

  36. jnorris says

    Raven @ 34: A Benedictine priest told me that theology was invented so Jesuits could stay in the Church. “smiley face”

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