From the Edmund Sun:
Archbishop Paul Coakley has called on Catholics to pray that God might change the minds of the organizers of a “Black Mass” scheduled for later this year in Oklahoma City.
On Tuesday, Coakley expressed his astonishment and disappointment at this event and called on community leaders to reconsider whether it is an appropriate use of public space.
“The ‘Black Mass’ that is scheduled for the Civic Center in September is a satanic inversion and distortion of the most sacred beliefs not only of Catholics, but of all Christians,” Coakley said.
Civic Center Music Hall spokeswoman Jennifer Lindsey-McClintock said the Civic Center Music Hall is a taxpayer funded entity and in that capacity it honors and upholds relevant state and federal laws including the U.S. Constitution, which allows for the free expression of speech and equal protection among all groups and individuals.
Surprised that such a thing would be happening, in of all places, Oklahoma City.
Prayers for the Christians of that fair city.
(BTW, I could have put this in “Catholic News”, as it involved reaction from the local Ordinary, but I thought “World News” was, all in all, more appropriate)
On edit: here’s a screen clip from the Civic Center’s web site: