In a recent column for the Arlington Catholic Herald, Catholic University of America President John Garvey argued that “even our contemporary popular culture, which often seems to pride itself on holding nothing sacred, understands that some things really are sacred.”
Garvey wrote of the “black mass,” which was supposed to be held on Harvard University’s campus in May, but was reportedly moved off-campus following the local and national opposition, as a sacrilege both “offensive” and “evil.”
He wrote that Harvard President Drew Faust “invoked principles of free speech” to defend the event, but, he noted, “[The] culture exerts its own control over blasphemous and sacrilegious practices.”
Garvey argued that the “vigorous community reaction to the ‘black mass’ can provide us with some consolation.”
The protest against this mockery and desecration included a eucharistic procession through Cambridge attended by thousands, followed by a standing-room-only crowd for adoration at St. Paul's Church.
The result was a small victory against blasphemy at Harvard, and an opportunity to talk about the real presence in the Blessed Sacrament, for a large local and national media audience.
God lets us do evil, even to Him, but He also brings good out of it.
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