Thursday, August 21, 2014

Archbishop's Suit Seeks Return of Consecrated Host Taken By Organizers Of Black Mass

The Catholic Archbishop of Oklahoma City filed an unusual lawsuit yesterday in an effort to stop a satanic "Black Mass" ritual scheduled to be held at the Oklahoma City Civic Center on Sept. 21. The complaint (full text) in Coakley v. Daniels, (OK County Dist. Ct., filed 8/20/2014), seeks replevin (recovery of possession) of a Consecrated Host that was wrongfully retained by defendants Adam Daniels and his church, Dakhma of Angra Mainyu Syndicate, for use in their planned Black Mass ceremony. According to the complaint, the Consecrated Host is a wafer "that has undergone the transubstantiation and is now the body and blood of Jesus Christ."  Defendants, it is contended, intend to desecrate the host during the ceremony by corrupting it with sexual fluids and stomping on it. According to CNHI News Service, as well as a statement from the Archbishop, both Catholics and Protestants have criticized the planned mockery of Catholic beliefs and have called for the Civic Center to cancel the event.

4 comments:

Frank Bellamy said...

It is only alleged that the wafer was wrongfully taken. In fact there is no evidence that it was acquired illegitimately. For all we it was consecrated by a disbelieving priest for this purpose, or given by the church to a satanist at a catholic mass as happened in the case of Webster Cook back in 2008 (http://www.wftv.com/news/news/body-of-christ-snatched-from-church-held-hostage-b/nD9rH/). For a lawyer to make that allegation without any evidence to support it strikes me as unprofessional.

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Joseph Bloch said...

Is there really a legal precedent for saying, "I gave you this, but you're using it in a way I don't like, so you have to give it back"?

Mark in Spokane said...

If the Satanists got ahold of the communion host under false pretenses, then there may be a legal claim. For some background information written for the general readers, see http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_pretenses