The announcement of a reenactment of a “Black Mass” at Harvard University in the name of “culture” and “freedom of expression” caused enormous revulsion, not only among Catholics but in all those with common sense.
This reaction – encouraged by TFP Student Action and the America Needs Fatima organization, among others ─ gave rise to prayers and demonstrations around the country. There was even a solemn procession with the Blessed Sacrament in the streets near Harvard, followed by Eucharistic adoration at St. Paul’s Church in Harvard Square. As a result, the sacrilegious act was cancelled.
Obviously, the “Black Mass” reenactment at Harvard would attract devils not only to that university but also to the whole nation and mark a new step toward the abyss in the moral vortex in which we find ourselves.
How can an establishment meant to teach and form the character of young people do such a thing? How could they have consented to receive representatives of the New York-based Satanic Temple to do the said “reenactment?”
There are many reasons that can explain why this happened. First of all, there is the generalized decadence of Western civilization caused by the abandonment of our Christian roots. However, we might also cite the rejection of reason as a cause, since there are all sorts of counter-philosophies now in vogue, such as “deconstructionism,” which deny the traditional concepts of logic and reason. This rejection prepares the way for the action of the devil.
Forsaking Truth to Follow the Father of Lies
One enlightening explanation of how this happens is presented by Father Sante Babolin, who has taught philosophy for thirty years at Rome’s Gregorian University and is now exorcist in the Diocese of Padua, Italy.
Father Babolin emphasizes that “today’s culture runs the serious risk of remaining always on the surface.” Accordingly, “people value sensations and collect beautiful experiences but do not reason; time for discernment is reduced to a minimum, and that is a problem.”
He says that when the action of reason is diminished, so is human freedom and the person begins to live for the moment, for the “I feel like…”
How does the action of the devil enter? Such shallowness causes chaos and confusion in the mind. The exorcists explains: “It is typical of the devil to keep us away from the fullness of our identity as human beings. His most subtle weapon is confusion. I learned that when there is confusion, it is always the Evil One that is at work.”
Another way the devil acts, he alerts, is “through seduction, attraction for the immediate, to have everything at once and without effort; but we cannot be free if we are dominated by our senses and instincts.”
Father Babolin stresses that today the devil seeks to destroy the distinction between good and evil, true and false, which is the basis of the logical thinking inherited from the Greeks. With this, he affirms, one loses “the essential characteristic of man, who wants to be free.”1
All this opens the gates for the action of Satan, the Father of Lies.
Sexual Promiscuity Attracts the Devil
Abandoning reason is not the only factor that paves the way for diabolical action. Sexual promiscuity, like confusion, is also a prevailing factor since it is so widespread in the twilight of civilization in which we are now living.
Another exorcist priest who is also a physician, Father Jeremy Davies, of the Diocese of Westminster, England, calls our attention to this aspect of diabolical action.
“Among the causes of homosexuality is a contagious demonic factor,” he said. He added that “even heterosexual promiscuity is a perversion; and intercourse, which belongs in the sanctuary of married love, can become a pathway not only for disease but also for evil spirits.”
He says the occult is closely linked to the scourges of “drugs, demonic music and pornography” which are “destroying millions of young people in our time.” 2
If promiscuity, pornography, the abandonment of reason and the occult place people in close proximity with the devil, what should we think of a “Black Mass” destined to directly worship the perverted angel and offend the Creator?
“He That Committed Sin Is of the Devil”
The devil has power over the one who sins, according to Saint John (1 John 3:8). Father John Hampsch, a psychologist and exorcist, highlights this relation of sin and the power of the devil:
“The most obvious way we let Satan into our lives is through sin. Serious and habitual sin can be a gateway. An innocent person can be affected by hexes or curses but I would say most cases of possession needing serious deliverance come about through involvement in the occult, with practices such as Ouija board or tarot cards or some kind of New Age practice. The other form is through some kind of sin addiction such as alcohol, drugs or pornography. A case I was dealing with recently was addicted to pornography and he suffered from demonic manifestations.”3
Confiding in the Protection of Mary Most Holy
In order to be always protected from the action of the Prince of Darkness and not allow ourselves to be swallowed up in this vortex of irrationality and promiscuity, let us always confide and have recourse to the Blessed Mother, who crushed the head of the serpent (Gen. 3:15).
- Roberto I. Zanini, “L’esorcista Sante Babolin: Il Diavolo? È Diventato ‘Liquido’,” Avvenire, April 30, http://www.avvenire.it/Cultura/Pagine/il-diavolo-oggi-e-diventato-liquido.aspx#
- Simon Caldwell, “Promiscuity Can Lead to Demonic Possession, Says Leading Exorcist,” http://www.christendom-awake.org/pages/misc/ctsexorcism.htm
- Paul Burnell, “Exorcisms on the Rise,” http://www.catholiceducation.org/articles/religion/re0418.html