The consecrated Host that an Oklahoma City satanist claimed he would use in a public staging of a “black mass” next month has been handed over to the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, the archdiocese says.
A day after Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City sued him, Adam Daniels, the leader of the satanic group that plans to put on “black mass” at the Oklahoma City Civic Center, agreed to hand over the Host.
“An attorney representing the head of the satanic group presented the Host to a Catholic priest Thursday afternoon,” a statement on the archdiocesan website said. “With the return of the Host and an accompanying signed statement from the satanic group leader that the group no longer possesses a consecrated Host, nor will they use a consecrated Host in their rituals, the archbishop agreed to dismiss the lawsuit with prejudice.”
“I am relieved that we have been able to secure the return of the sacred Host, and that we have prevented its desecration as part of a planned satanic ritual,” said Archbishop Coakley. “I remain concerned about the dark powers that this satanic worship invites into our community and the spiritual danger that this poses to all who are involved in it, directly or indirectly.”
Archbishop Coakley has made repeated requests to the city’s leaders to cancel the satanic ritual in the publicly-funded facility.
But the very fact that the Civic Center is publicly funded is the reason city officials have denied requests that the black mass be canceled. When Aleteia first reported on the plans for the performance, Jim Brown, general manager of the Civic Center, cited the Constitution and said, “As a public facility, we’re required to rent to organizations and individuals as long as they abide by our policies and procedures.”
The law firm representing the archdiocese in the lawsuit announced Daniels’ decision Thursday. Attorney Michael Caspino, CEO of Busch and Caspino, said in a statment that Daniels and his group, the Dakhma of Angra Mainyu, had obtained a Host under fraudulent circumstances.
After the lawsuit was filed Wednesday, Daniels told Aleteia that a Catholic priest living in another country is a member of the Dakhma of Angra Mainyu and consecrated a host for the purpose of using it in the black mass planned for the Oklahoma City Civic Center.
“Today, Daniels agreed to return this sacred property. We stared down the devil and he blinked,” Caspino said. “We had no doubt the Court would respect our argument – rooted in both Canon and civil law – which maintains that all Consecrated Hosts belong to the Church. This is a tremendous victory for decency and respect for all religions. Any time anyone tries to desecrate this blessed property, we will be there to stop them.”
“A key part of the Black Mass is to desecrate or destroy a Consecrated Host,” Caspino said. “Without this sacred property, a Black Mass has absolutely no significance, so this group will not be able to hold its satanic ritual as planned.”
But, in a statement issued this evening, Daniels claims to still have something he can use in the ritual:
I, Dastur Adam Daniels, returned this consecrated host to Arch-Bishop Paul Coakley. The reason for this return is based solely on the fact I refuse to waste thousands of dollars fighting over a nasty cookie that some man said a prayer over. The Black Mass of Oklahoma will continue as planned with the original host that has been used since 1666, course black bread. We will moved forward using the Concentration found in Black Mass. Nothing has changed and we will still move forward with worshiping the Devil and blaspheming Gawd in the public square.
In a subsequent email, Daniels explained, “Since the first commercial black mass in 1666 AD, a turnip or course black bread has been used as the host… We will still use the Consecration from the Black Mass on this host.”
According to a ticket sales website, the event seems to have sold about two thirds of the 92 seats in the small theater where it will take place.
For his part, Archbishop Coakley is still asking Catholics to pray and fast. And he still plans to lead a special prayer service at St. Francis Church in Oklahoma City on the day of the black mass performance, Sept. 21. It will consist of a Eucharistic Holy Hour, followed by an outdoor Procession and Benediction.