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Archbishop Sues Satanists for Return of Consecrated Host Ahead of Black Mass

The allegedly stolen communion wafer is set to be desecrated and “corrupted by sexual fluids.”

Oklahoma City Catholic Archbishop Paul Coakley has filed a lawsuit against a Satanist group claiming it stole a priceless, consecrated host in order to sacrifice it, Courthouse News reported.

Coakley claims the holy host – a communion wafer – was obtained illegally by the defendants, satanic leader Adam Daniels and his religious organization Dakhma of Angra Mainyu, who have scheduled a black mass at the City Space Theatre in Oklahoma City on September 21st where they intend to “desecrate and destroy it.”

The complaint asserts that the defendants plan on releasing sexual fluids on the host and stomping on it during the black mass.  The satanic group’s website explains that the black mass will involve “nudity, public urination, and other sex acts' and have included 'forms of bestiality along with animal sacrifice.'"

Yet, Daniels who is the organizer of the black mass, has denied stealing the host and said the lawsuit was a form of “intimidation” to stop the event from occurring, News OK reported.

Daniels said the host was lawfully obtained from a member of his group who is a Catholic priest in a foreign country but refused to reveal his name.

Still, the Reverend is convinced the host was taken under fraudulent circumstances and is subsequently seeking an order from the district court judge to halt the desecration of the host so that it can be returned to the Archdiocese.

“It mocks Our Lord Jesus Christ, whom we Catholics believe is truly present under the form of bread and wine in the Holy Eucharist when it has been consecrated by a validly ordained priest,” he said.

Prior to the lawsuit, Coakley had been unsuccessful in persuading the Civic Center from cancelling the event, which he says is deeply offensive to the 250,000 or so Catholics who live in Oklahoma.

 “I am especially concerned about the dark powers that this Satanic worship invites into our community and the spiritual danger that this poses to all who are involved in it, directly or indirectly,” the complaint reads.

Despite the law suit, Daniels has announced that the black mass will go ahead but has agreed to make slight changes so that a public viewing can occur without breaking the state’s laws on nudity, public urination and sex acts.


Jodie Gummow is a senior fellow and staff writer at AlterNet.


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