So the Black Mass went ahead in Oklahoma City yesterday. Apparently about 50 people took part in the ceremony inside the downtown Oklahoma Civic Center Music Hall, and those numbers were easily dwarfed by the number of Catholics who prayed, took part in services, and marched around the city center. You can see photographs of the event here.
It looks like a good time was had by all. The organizers of the Black Mass Dakhma of Angra Mainyu got a whole lot of publicity for their previously obscure group while Catholics got a lot of publicity for some of the stranger elements of their religion, like their beliefs in demon possession and exorcisms and the even weirder doctrine of transubstantiation.
Michael Ortega, a member of Holy Family, said he came to the event “because of the love and support of my church, and the love and devotion that I have for our Lord Jesus Christ.”
“The black mass is a sacrilege to what we firmly and truly believe in, that the host is actually the body of our Lord Jesus Christ incarnate. It is not a replica, it is not a symbol, it is the body of our Lord Jesus Christ.
“When they say, ‘Jesus come out, Jesus be gone,’ and when they stomp and spit on a consecrated host, once they steal one, then I believe they are actually stomping on the body of our Lord Jesus Christ,” Ortega said.
Catholics seem to be remarkably oblivious to how this belief might look to outsiders.
“When it’s all said and done, what do (they) really stand for?” [Diocese of Tulsa Bishop Edward J. Slattery] said. “They embrace evil and anger and revenge.
“What we preach is Christ, and him crucified,” he said, “God loving humanity. Forgiveness, love, mercy and peace.”
Slattery said that the Satanists themselves believe because they like to use a consecrated host in their black mass ritual.
“It’s not as though they don’t believe it. They hate it,” he said.
“We counteract hate by forgiveness, by love and by showing what is beautiful,” he said.
Catholic doctrine may be many things but beautiful it is not, seeing as how it wallows in images of a man dying a gruesome death on a cross and then telling his followers that they are actually eating his body and drinking his blood.