Archdiocese Asks Harvard to Disassociate Itself From Black Mass. Says Satanic Worship 'Places Participants Dangerously Close to Destructive Works of Evil'
Boston, (Zenit.org). The Archdiocese of Boston has spoken out against plans for a "black mass" to be held Monday on the campus of Harvard University.
Saying the Catholic community of the archdiocese expresses "deep sadness" and "strong opposition," the statement also noted the Church's "clear teaching concerning Satanic worship":
"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 black mass is being hosted by an independent student organization, the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club.
The archdiocesan statement also noted Pope Francis' recent teaching on Satan, when the Pope "warned of the danger of being naïve about or underestimating the power of Satan, whose evil is too often tragically present in our midst."
The archdiocese announced plans for a Holy Hour of Eucharistic adoration and called upon "all believers and people of good will to join us in prayer for those who are involved in this event, that they may come to appreciate the gravity of their actions, and in asking Harvard to disassociate itself from this activity."