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Bishops move to counter black Mass in Oklahoma City

Catholic World News - August 06, 2014

Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City and Bishop Edward Slattery of Tulsa, Oklahoma have moved to counter a Black Mass scheduled for September 21st. The Black Mass is slated to be performed at the publicly-supported Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall.

Archbishop Coakley has alerted his diocese to the proposed event, explaining the deeply sacrilegious nature of a Black Mass, and calling upon civic leaders to "find a way to remedy this situation". On the archdiocesan website, he noted:

If the event does move forward, we will consider other peaceful, prayerful and respectful options to demonstrate our opposition to this publicly supported sacrilegious act.

Meanwhile, Bishop Paul Slattery of Tulsa stated that the Civic Center has been non-responsive. In a letter to all Catholics in his diocese, he has launched a public campaign of prayer and reparation. Bishop Slattery asked everyone to keep the nine days prior to the Feast of the Assumption as days of extraordinary prayer and penance, including abstinence from meat and praying a decade of the Rosary and the prayer to St. Michael.

This period begins today, August 6th, and runs through August 14th. Then, on August 15th:

we will ask Our Lady on her Feast, to intercede for us and protect us. On that day I in the Cathedral, and every priest in his own parish, will pray a special prayer written by Pope Leo XIII for the defense of the Church against the attack of the Enemy and his apostate angels.

Finally, Bishop Slattery noted that if the Black Mass is not cancelled, he will ask every priest in the diocese to conduct a holy hour before the Blessed Sacrament at 7:00 pm on September 21st, the same time as the Civic Center program. "Wherever possible," he said:

I ask that Eucharistic Processions—especially outdoor processions—be arranged as part of these holy hours. Let us give a public witness to our faith in the Eucharist which is being so profoundly mocked and ridiculed by this event.

The proposed Black Mass in Oklahoma City is reminiscent of the proposed Black Mass at Harvard University last May. That event was cancelled as hundreds of Catholics gathered for a Eucharistic Holy Hour at a church near Harvard Square.

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  • Posted by: nix898049 - Aug. 10, 2014 7:51 PM ET USA

    Just so you know, Bishop Slattery's first name is Edward. And God bless him!

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Aug. 08, 2014 11:14 AM ET USA

    If they were in fact desecrating a human corpse, "already dead" to facilitate their "ceremony" it would be seen as intolerable, and a sin against the dignity of humanity..., but "this" is far worse...

  • Posted by: Erusmas - Aug. 07, 2014 5:43 PM ET USA

    Our faith in the Eucharist is certainly being mocked and ridiculed by some of the human participants in a "black mass." But others among them share the knowledge of Lucifer, who knows full well the real nature of the Consecrated Bread. These "knowing ones" do not mock, they insult God and desecrate the Body of Christ.

  • Posted by: jacquebquique5708 - Aug. 07, 2014 10:54 AM ET USA

    I find it hard to understand why the City of Oklahoma City and its mayor will not intervene in this issue. There have to be public decency laws on the books. Since it has been announced that this group has a consecrated host, then this is shaping up as a real Black Mass with all of its public indecency and public sex acts.

  • Posted by: 1Jn416 - Aug. 06, 2014 10:49 AM ET USA

    The presence of the Clear Creek monastery in the Tulsa diocese surely has had a positive influence in terms of these bishops calling for abstinence, prayer, and Eucharistic adoration and processions. Bp. Slattery invited the monks to Tulsa and Bp. Coakley was a postulant at their motherhouse decades ago before entering the seminary, so both have a strong connection.

  • Posted by: shrink - Aug. 06, 2014 10:42 AM ET USA

    It is very encouraging to see these bishops fighting spiritual fire with spiritual light. Deliver us from the Evil One.

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