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A scheduled re-enactment of a Satanic "Black Mass" at Harvard was abruptly called off Monday night because of objections from members of other faiths, notably the Archdiocese of Boston.
Harvard Extension School's Cultural Studies Club was to host the event with the help of New York's Satanic Temple. In a statement, the Harvard Extension School said the Black Mass was "part of a student-led effort to explore different cultures," and not necessarily an endorsement of Satanism. Yet with the Temple receiving a torrent of "vitriolic hate mail" condemning the event, and with hundreds of protesters marching to a Catholic ceremony nearby, the organizers pulled the plug.
A Temple spokesperson told The Boston Globe the ceremony was eventually held off-campus at the Hong Kong Restaurant, an eatery known best to locals for delivering food and boozy drinks to the comedy club located above it.