Black Masses?

Q. There has been so much about the Black Mass lately. What is a Black Mass? What if they say it without a consecrated Host? Does that make it less terrible? What can we do to help stop them?

A. Here’s a reply from Msgr. Charles Pope: 

So-called black masses are a mockery of the Catholic Mass as Satan is the object of “worship” rather than God. In such a disorganized system as Satanism one will look in vain for a common ritual. However, they tend to mock Catholic practices by imitating them and changing their meaning. Obtaining the consecrated Host from a Catholic parish assists them in their capacity to desecrate the Eucharist. They take the Host and offer it to Satan, rather than worship God. It is interesting that they seek a Host from Catholic parishes. Somehow, Satan knows the real thing from what are only symbols. As these incidents increase, it will become more necessary for Catholic parishes to exert vigilance at the distribution of holy Communion.