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Catholic Harvard Student Saw Good Come from Evil amidst ‘Black Mass’ Controversy

After a student group at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., canceled its sponsorship of a “black mass” that was previously scheduled to be held on campus on Monday, the Harvard Catholic Student Association’s president told The Cardinal Newman Society that some good resulted from the situation. 

According to My Fox Boston, the Satanic Temple organization “planned to stage their own black mass at an ‘undisclosed location’” following the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club’s withdrawal of its sponsorship.

Harvard Catholic Student Association president, Todd Jones, told the Newman Society, “One [good result] was that we were able to reaffirm the Eucharist as the very center of our Christian existence.  I'm sure Catholics everywhere could use such a reminder once in a while.”

Jones—a graduate of Holy Spirit Preparatory School in Atlanta, Ga., one of the Society’s 2012 Catholic High School Honor Roll schools—created a petition last week asking for the “black mass” to be canceled, according to an interview on Fox News.  

Led by the Archdiocese of Boston, many Catholics opposed the planned event leading up to Monday evening.

Additionally, a Eucharistic procession took place from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology chapel to St. Paul’s Church in Cambridge, followed by a Eucharistic Holy Hour of Adoration and Benediction during the time that the “black mass” was supposed to happen, according to the Harvard Catholic Student Association

Harvard University President Drew Faust was reportedly one of the 2,000 people who took part in the Holy Hour.  She had called the decision to host the “black mass” “abhorrent,” but had decided to allow the event to continue as planned based on “freedom of expression,” according to My FOX Boston. 

Jones said of the Holy Hour, “The service also gave us an opportunity to spread that Truth to the many non-Catholics who attended—perhaps to plant a few seeds.”

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