May 12, 2014
A Harvard club’s plan to stage a satanic “black Mass” on Monday has drawn fire and brimstone from the Archdiocese of Boston and the president of the Ivy League school called the idea “abhorrent.”
The Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club will host the two-hour ceremony at the Queens Head pub in Memorial Hall in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
A narrator will explain the history of the rituals to the expected crowd of 100 or so, according to the Satanic Temple, a New York-based group that announced the ceremony last week.
“Our purpose is not to denigrate any religion or faith, which would be repugnant to our educational purposes,” the student group said in a statement, “but instead to learn and experience the history of different cultural practices.”