According to Oklahoma City officials, they can’t intercede to stop the Sept. 21 event because doing so would violate the First Amendment rights of the event’s Satanist organizers.
OKLAHOMA CITY — A staffer at the archdiocesan offices in Oklahoma City was surfing the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall website, checking out the city-owned and city-operated facility’s upcoming events: musical after musical, a Shakespeare production, a famous folk music trio, the Black Mass of Oklahoma.
That’s where the surfing stopped, and the situation got serious. The staffer printed out information about the black mass — a devil-worshiping ritual that is an profanation of the Catholic Mass — and shared it with Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul Coakley.
“I was astonished,” said the archbishop in an interview with the Register. “Horrified.
“This is not what Oklahoma City is about; this is not what our citizens and community normally would stand for.”
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