Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Monday 19 April |
Saint of the Day: Pope Saint Leo IX
home iconSpirituality
line break icon

With No Move to Cancel Black Mass, Oklahoma Bishop Calls for Fasting

George Martell/The Pilot Media Group

John Burger - published on 08/04/14

Bishop Edward Slattery of Tulsa asks Catholics to make extraordinary novena Aug. 6-15.

The latest show of support for the local Church of Oklahoma City in the face of a planned “black mass” has come from a neighboring diocese in the state.

Bishop Edward J. Slattery of Tulsa, Okla., is asking all Catholics in his diocese to fast and pray from Aug. 6-15 so that the black mass, planned for Sept. 21, in the Oklahoma City Civic Center, may be cancelled.

Bishop Slattery issued his appeal this weekend through a letter reproduced in all parish bulletins.

“As a part of Satanic worship, a Black Mass attempts to invert the action and meaning of the Eucharist in order to mock Christ’s sacrifice and worship Satan through an orgiastic ritual of pain and perversion,” Bishop Slattery wrote. “It blasphemes everything which we hold as sacred and redemptive; and the spiritual dangers it poses ought not be dismissed. Since the Civic Center has not responded positively to the pleas of the Archbishop of Oklahoma City not to host this event in a taxpayer supported public venue, I am asking the faithful Catholics in the Diocese of Tulsa to fight this blasphemy through prayer and fasting.”

In a separate letter to pastors, Bishop Slattery asked that every priest in the diocese pray a "minor exorcism" prayer "for the safety of the people he serves." This prayer, composed by Pope Leo XIII, "is to be prayed privately and without ceremony by the pastor (and associate) standing at the altar,” he explained.

Aleteia first reported on plans for the black mass July 1. At that time, Jim Brown, general manager of the Civic Center, said the public facility had no right to turn down a group that wanted to rent space there, as long as the group was law-abiding.

But Archbishop Coakley argued that there should be other considerations.

“It is hard to imagine the Civic Center turning a blind eye and allowing a group to use its facilities to burn a copy of the Koran, or to conduct an overtly anti-Semitic performance. Nor should they!” he said. “Why is this any different?  There are community standards to uphold.  And these prohibit works that are ‘illegal, indecent, obscene, immoral or in any manner publicly offensive.’ A Black Mass certainly qualifies as offensive, obscene and immoral.  Its sole purpose is to show hostility toward Catholicism and all that is sacred to Christians.”

Jennifer Lindsey-McClintock, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma City Parks & Recreation Department/Civic Center Music Hall, said the City has had "ongoing communications with Archbishop Coakley’s office.

"In fact, our City Manager, Mr. Jim Couch has had two sit-down meetings with the Archbishop," she said today. "We do not specifically know what was discussed in these meetings."

Lindsey-McClintock said the event is still scheduled to be performed on Sept. 21. "As of this morning, a total of 16 tickets have been sold. We will reiterate that the Civic Center is not underwriting the event (the rental group is paying all associated event costs), nor are we paying for any outside advertising, as we do not advertise or promote any show held in our facility aside from a listing on our website (language provided by the renter/show producer). The individual renter is responsible for all promotional communications and publicity."

The event is being produced by an Oklahoma City Satanic church, the Dakhma of Angra Mainyu.

With no apparent willingness on the city’s part to cancel the event, Bishop Slattery asked his Tulsa flock to make a keep the nine days prior to the Feast of the Assumption as an “extraordinary period of prayer and penance,” abstaining from all meat from Aug. 6-14.

“I am also asking that you consecrate your hunger with a daily recitation of a decade of the rosary and the familiar Prayer to Saint Michael,” he said, adding the encouragement to “be strong.”

  • 1
  • 2
Tags:
Satan
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
SPANISH FLU
Bret Thoman, OFS
What Padre Pio saw in the Spanish Flu of 1918
2
PADRE PIO
Philip Kosloski
Padre Pio’s favorite prayer of petition
3
MASS
Philip Kosloski
5 Essential things used at Mass and their symbolism
4
COUPLE
Cerith Gardiner
7 Joys to be had from a lengthy marriage
5
LOREN SCHAUERS
Annalisa Teggi
Amputee from the waist down is thankful every day to be alive
6
OSORNO
Brett Salkeld
How to vaccinate like a Catholic
7
RECONSTRUCTED CHRIST
Lucandrea Massaro
This 3D “carbon copy” of Jesus was created using the ...
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.