A group of Satanists planning to stage a "black Mass" next month at a civic center is using a communion wafer stolen from the Catholic Church, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by the archbishop of Oklahoma City.I'm now seeing reports that no church in Oklahoma gave them the wafers. Instead, they were given to the Temple by a priest in Turkey.
Archbishop Paul Coakley said in the lawsuit, which was filed in Oklahoma County District Court, that satanic group Dakhma of Angra Mainyu and leader Adam Daniels unlawfully obtained the consecrated host to be used in the Mass. A consecrated host is a wafer of bread that has been blessed and that Catholics believe is the body of Jesus.
According to the lawsuit, only ordained Catholic ministers or people approved by their local bishop can handle the consecrated host.
"Catholics believe Jesus Christ is truly present under the form of bread and wine in the Holy Eucharist and it is the source and summit of our faith," Coakley wrote in a statement. "The local organizers of this satanic inversion intend to use a stolen consecrated Host obtained illicitly from a Catholic church to desecrate it as a sacrifice to Satan."
The Catholic Church wants to control the business between the Temple and a Turkish priest.
Even worse, the lawsuit has been dropped after it succeeded in bullying the Temple to hand over wafers that were not even given to them by any Catholic church in Oklahoma.
The Archbishop who filed the suit is claiming ownership over something that came from Turkey that he never even saw until now.
We always how from the religious right how "intolerant" we are. Now the world's biggest religious organization is suing a religious minority because they don't like what they will do with something that was given to them by someone else.
I've heard no conservatives speak out against the Catholic Church, condemning their intolerance of the practices of the Satanists.
But now, they've successfully sued a religious group to prevent them from conducting their sacred ritual.
And the reason? They object to it because of religion.
They want their religious beliefs to not just allow discrimination, but to prohibit other groups from exercising their religion.
In their minds, religious liberty is for them and them only.