(CNSNews.com) – Catholic Archbishop Paul Coakley, head of the archdiocese of Oklahoma City, condemned a scheduled Black Mass by a satanic group, for which tickets are being sold at the Oklahoma City Civic Center, as “sacrilegious,” a “blasphemous mockery of the Mass.”
The archbishop also called upon community leaders and board members of the Oklahoma City Civic Center to “remedy this situation,” stressing that he hoped they did not want to “enable or encourage such a flagrantly inflammatory event.”
In the description for the event, the ticket office says, “The Black Mass has been a feared ritual, and now it’s being brought into the light! This will not only be enlightening but educational as well. This Black Mass will be conducted for the public to attend with certain adaptations to allow for a legal celebration.”
On the eventful ticket website, it describes the event as follows, “A Religious Black Mass will be conducted as a public event to help educate the public about Religious Satanism. The ritual has been toned down to meet the laws of Oklahoma and the rules of the government building. Enjoy the delights of the Devil.”
“For more than 1 billion Catholics worldwide and more than 200,000 Catholics in Oklahoma, the Mass is the most sacred of religious rituals,” Archbishop Coakley said in in a July 1 statement condemning the Black Mass. “It is the center of Catholic worship and celebrates Jesus Christ’s redemption of the world by his death and resurrection. In particular, the Eucharist – which we believe to be the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ – is the source and summit of our faith.”
“That’s why we’re astonished and grieved that the Civic Center would promote as entertainment and sell tickets for an event that is very transparently a blasphemous mockery of the Mass,” he said. “The ‘Black Mass’ that is scheduled for the Civic Center in September is a satanic inversion and distortion of the most sacred beliefs not only of Catholics, but of all Christians.”
The archbishop asked those allowing the event, “to reconsider whether this is an appropriate use of public space,” adding, “we trust that community leaders – and, in particular, the board members of the Oklahoma City Civic Center – do not actually wish to enable or encourage such a flagrantly inflammatory event and can surely remedy this situation.”
Archbishop Coakley also said that if the event moves forward, “we will have to consider other peaceful, prayerful and respectful options to demonstrate our opposition to this publicly supported sacrilegious act.”
“In the meantime, I call on all Catholics in central and western Oklahoma – as well as all men and women of good will – to pray for a renewed sense of the sacred and, in particular, to pray that the Lord might change the hearts and minds of the organizers of this event,” he concluded.
The permit to hold the Black Mass reportedly was signed by Adam Daniels, an apparent member of Dakhma of Angra Mainyu.
CNSNews.com sent questions by e-mail to the Angra Mainyu, but the group did not respond before this story was posted.
On the Dakhma of Angra Mainyu website it discusses the Black Mass and says, “The modern form of the Black Mass is still practiced by modern Devil Worshipers to celebrate the perversion of the Catholic Mass still seen in society today. The Black Mass as gone through a transformation to maintain practice within societal law.”
“The consecrated host is corrupted by sexual fluids, then it becomes the sacrifice of the mass,” reads the website. “The blasphemy remains intact along with corruption of Catholic Mass. Modern/Laveyan Satanists see this as ritual to mock the Catholic Mass in the form of a blasphemy rite used to deprogram people from their Christian background.”
“Religious Satanism sees the Black Mass as a religious ceremony to empower themselves and receive a ‘blessing’ from the Devil,” the group explains.
“The Black Mass being performed at the Okc Civic Center has been toned downed as to allow it to be performed in a public government building,” says Angra Mainyu. “The authenticity and purpose of the Black Mass will remain intact while allowing for slight changes so that a public viewing can occur without breaking Oklahoma's laws based on nudity, public urination, and other sex acts.”
Dakhma of Angra Mainyu describes itself as “a religious and educational church dedicated to Angra Mainyu (Ahriman). Angra Mainyu is seen as a destroyer.”
They also say they teach “freedom from any religion that chooses to bind you to some type of dogma the forces you to restrain your natural animal instincts.”
Kelly Hadsall, management specialist with the Oklahoma Civic Center, told CNSNews.com that “since the center is a city-owned facility, the First Amendment of the United States Constitution does not allow us to turn away productions based on their content.”
“The city of Oklahoma City and the Civic Center are required by law to rent space to individuals and organizations so long as they comply with our policies and ordinances and have paid the established rental fees,” she explained.