Satanists Stole Holy Wafer for Black Mass: Archbishop

His lawsuit asks judge to halt Satanic ritual in Oklahoma City

By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 21, 2014 5:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – A Satanist group has stolen a holy wafer from a Catholic church to use in an upcoming "black Mass," or so alleges a lawsuit filed yesterday by the Oklahoma City Catholic archbishop. Paul S. Coakley asked an Oklahoma County district court judge "to halt the desecration" of a stolen "Eucharistic Host," scheduled to be sacrificed on Sept. 21 at the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall, reports the Oklahoman. Adam Daniels, who paid $420 to rent a basement theater in the civic center for five hours, is organizing a tamer version of a traditional black Mass, or the inversion of a Catholic Mass, for Dakhma of Angra Mainyu Syndicate, but it still involves a sacrifice to the devil.

"A host is simply a piece of bread," the lawsuit reads. "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. To Catholics, the consecrated host is the most sacred, respected, and revered thing in the world." Daniels, meanwhile, wouldn't tell the AP how he came to possess the wafer, but he says he didn't steal it and he shot back at Coakley, saying he'd sue for defamation. (Earlier this summer, the Vatican formally recognized a group of exorcists.)

In this Feb. 11, 2011 photo, Archbishop Paul Coakley is installed as the fourth archbishop of the Oklahoma City Archdiocese in a ceremony at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, in Edmond, Okla.
In this Feb. 11, 2011 photo, Archbishop Paul Coakley is installed as the fourth archbishop of the Oklahoma City Archdiocese in a ceremony at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, in Edmond, Okla.   (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Jim Beckel, File)
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