WICHITA, Kansas — Public outrage is growing over a planned Satanic ritual this weekend in Oklahoma City.
According to satansheaven.com, a Black Mass is a ceremony and inversion or parody of the Catholic Mass, for the purpose of mocking God and worshiping the devil.
The Black Mass is scheduled to take place on Sunday at 7 p.m. at Oklahoma City’s Civic Center.
In response to the Black Mass, members of the Catholic Church from across Kansas are joining in prayer against what they perceive as an attack on their faith.
Nearly 300 Kansans are driving to Oklahoma City on Sunday to participate in a prayer vigil at St. Francis Catholic Church that will be carried out at the same time as the Black Mass. In addition, seven Catholic churches in the Wichita area will hold prayer vigils at the same time.
“The group from Wichita will be joining others at a parish near the Civic Center, in which we will be praying for those who are involved in this,” said Father John Lanzrath, the vicar general at the Catholic Diocese of Wichita.
The mass is a parody of some Catholic rituals used to demonstrate a rejection of Christian beliefs.
Adam Daniels, a Satanist, reportedly filed a permit with Oklahoma City to perform the Black Mass at the Civic Center.
Daniels spoke with the NBC affiliate in Oklahoma City, KFOR, regarding the mass.
“We’re calling Jesus a mute god. We’re calling Jesus a fugitive god. That he’s done nothing, he’s a chamberlain of nothing,” said Daniels. “The whole basis of the mass is that we take the consecrated host and give it a blessing or offering to Satan. We’re censoring it, doing all things that’s normally done to bless a sacrifice, which is obviously the host body of Christ, then we’re taking that and we’re reconsecrating it, or the Devil does.”
Archbishop Paul Coakley with the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, who is from the Diocese of Wichita, believes the mass sends the wrong message, calling it “hate speech.”
KSN learned more about why the Diocese of Wichita stands in opposition to the Black Mass.
“We consider this event to be taking place at the Oklahoma City Civic Center to be an act of blasphemy against our faith,” said Father Lanzrath.
Father Lanzrath said the congregations will travel to Oklahoma for these purposes:
- To recognize their love and devotion to the Blessed Sacrament of Jesus Christ
- To pray in reparation for those who, they believe, are committing acts of blasphemy against the Catholic/Christian faith
- To pray for the conversion of those who, they believe, have become enslaved by the power of the Evil One
The fact that the Black Mass will occur at a public venue has also fueled the fire. However, regardless of the unpopularity of the event, it is protected under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
“A city-owned civic center for rent cannot, in effect, censor unpopular speech by refusing to rent to unpopular speakers. This is nothing new,” said KSN legal analyst, Dan Monnat. “Unpopular free speech is permitted under the Constitution, so long as it is not otherwise breaking the law.”
According to TFP Student Action, 94,000 people signed an online petition to stop the Black Mass. Click here to read and/or sign that petition.
To learn more about the Catholic Diocese of Wichita, click here.