Lawsuit pits Catholic archbishop against satanist group over sacred item purported to be used for 'black Mass'

Oklahoma City Catholic Archbishop Paul S. Coakley has filed a lawsuit alleging that a satanist group stole a sacred item from a Catholic church for use in its “black Mass” at the Civic Center Music Hall.
by Carla Hinton Modified: August 20, 2014 at 9:07 pm •  Published: August 21, 2014

Oklahoma City’s Catholic archbishop filed a lawsuit against a satanist group Wednesday, alleging it stole a priceless, sacred and revered item from a Catholic church for use in its “black Mass” at the Civic Center Music Hall.

In his lawsuit filed in Oklahoma County District Court, the Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley asked a district court judge “to halt the desecration” of a stolen Eucharistic host as part the planned black Mass. The Eucharistic Host is considered by Catholics to be the body of Jesus Christ.

However, the organizer of the satanic black Mass, set for Sept. 21, said he and his group did not steal anything and the lawsuit filed Wednesday is a form of “intimidation” to stop the event from happening.

“I’m being falsely accused of a crime I never committed,” said Adam Daniels, who is the defendant in the lawsuit, along with the satanic organization Dakhma of Angra Mainyu Syndicate.

The case has been assigned to Oklahoma County District Court Judge Bryan C. Dixon, who ordered the defendants not to destroy the property at issue until the lawsuit is resolved. No hearing date has been set.

Group to rent space

Daniels has said the black Mass involves a sacrifice to the devil, a practice known as inversion of the Christian ritual. Daniels is paying $420 to rent a basement theater in the Civic Center for five hours.

In a news release, Coakley, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, said a consecrated host was obtained illicitly from a Catholic church “to be desecrated in the vilest ways imaginable” as an offering in sacrifice to Satan at the black Mass.

Coakley is asking the court to require the Oklahoma County sheriff to obtain the Eucharistic host from the Satanist group and deliver it to him as the local leader of the Catholic Church. The lawsuit states that in order for an unauthorized individual to have a consecrated host, he or she would have had to obtain it through illicit means such as “theft, fraud, wrongful taking or other form of misappropriation, either by Defendants or by someone else.”

In the lawsuit, Coakley said the consecrated host — typically a small unleavened wafer of bread — is considered sacred by Catholic Christians. It is an integral part of the Eucharist, also called Holy Communion.

“A host is simply a piece of bread. However, a consecrated host — including the Consecrated Host that is the subject of this action — is a host that has undergone the transubstantiation and is now the body and blood of Jesus Christ,” the lawsuit states. “To Catholics, the consecrated host is the most sacred, respected and revered thing in the world.”

‘Miraculous change’

Transubstantiation, the Merriam-Webster dictionary says, is the “miraculous change” by which, according to Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox dogma, the Eucharistic elements at their consecration become the body and blood of Christ while keeping only the appearances of bread and wine. A host must be consecrated by an ordained priest.

Coakley said in his statement: “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.”

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by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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