According to NY Daily News reports:
Students at Harvard University who were planning a satanic “black mass” were forced to perform the ceremony off campus on Monday, after a chorus of contempt from alumni and the Archdiocese of Boston.
Members of the New York-based Satanic Temple held the dark ritual at the bar of the Hong Kong lounge in nearby Harvard Square after the event was canceled, the Boston Globe reported.
A worker at the lounge told the paper that the group had been sitting at the bar, but didn’t appear to be performing any sort of sacrilegious acts.
“I haven’t heard any complaining,” the worker said.
Lucien Greaves, a spokesman for the temple, told the paper that they were forced to cancel the event — which was supposed to be held on campus — because it spooked so many people.
The ceremony, which was sponsored by the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club, even caused the Archdiocese of Boston to respond by holding a eucharistic procession at a Massachusetts Institute of Technology chapel in Cambridge.
“Everyone involved, outside of the Satanic Temple, got really scared,” Greaves told the newspaper. “And I don’t necessarily blame them, because I understand that they were getting a lot of vitriolic hate mail, and I don’t think they expected it.”
The cultural studies club said it was no longer sponsoring the event after it decided to move to another location.
“The Satanic Temple has informed us that they will stage their own black mass ceremony at an undisclosed private location to ‘reaffirm their respect for the Satanic faith and to demonstrate that the most powerful response to offensive speech is to shame those who marginalize others by letting their own words and actions speak for themselves,’?” the studies club said in an email.