OTTAWA, Ontario (ChurchMilitant.com) - The archbishop of Ottawa, Ontario, is leading priests and laity in the fight against evil stemming from a satanic "Black Mass" conducted at an Ottawa bar.
The Satanic Temple in Canada (ST) performed its first public "Black Mass" and so-called "unbaptism" ritual in Ottawa at Koven bar on Saturday night. Nicholas Marc, ST's national director and organizer of the event, said most members of the group are atheists and don't believe Satan is real.
"There's the use of symbols and Latin text, but we do not believe in harm to any being what so ever," said Marc.
Ottawa's Abp. Terrence Prendergast, however, sees real spiritual danger for his flock owing to the satanic ceremony. Ottawa's director of communications, Robert Du Broy, explained the archbishop's concerns to Church Militant.
"Archbishop Prendergast has written, 'To tamper with and mock the Mass — which is what this satanic ritual does — is hateful and will affect more than those who participate in it,'" said Du Broy.
Citing Prendergast, Du Broy conveyed that Catholics must confront this evil or risk being overcome by it:
For us Catholics to do nothing has the potential of opening a spiritual doorway into the evil realm — giving demonic spirits permission, in other words — to infest our city with negative and evil energies. ... Any manipulation in occult practices has the potential to open a spiritual door into the realm of evil by giving permission to demons. It invites foul spirits to harm individuals and entire communities.
Several priests, one religious community and some 200 brave Catholics gathered with the archbishop on Saturday evening at Ottawa's Notre Dame Cathedral just a few blocks away from where the blasphemous ceremony took place. Their goal was to pray for the conversion of those who participated in the ritual and for spiritual protection for themselves and all of Canada.
The archbishop blessed the group and seven priests, who were dispatched with more than 100 Catholics to pray outside Koven during the ceremony which began at 10 p.m. He and Auxiliary Bp. Guy Desrochers of the diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall remained praying with the remaining Catholics at the cathedral.
Father Mark Goring, who is followed by many faithful Catholics on social media, was part of the group praying outside Koven.
Goring explained to Church Militant what was going through his mind that night:
What goes through the mind and heart of a priest is: If my sheep are going to confront the wolves, you better believe the shepherd will be there. As we prayed into the night it became obvious to me that the Lord is training His soldiers for battle. Most Catholics are inexperienced in spiritual warfare.
Members of ST, however, don't see any spiritual harm in what they do. They look at blasphemy as simply an expression of personal liberty.
It's a blasphemous act and the organizer of this event has said it is blasphemous from his own mouth, that is a form of hatred. It is a form of hatred against our faith, it is a hatred against the culture that built our country, and that's why we're here to show our opposition and also our love and our witness for the people who are going in.
His Grace has written, "I am asking intercessory prayer groups to pray for those planning to take part in this event so that they turn away from the path of darkness and turn instead towards the light of faith. We need to pray in reparation for the spiritual harm that is being planned, and that God would turn this blasphemous project into an occasion of grace."
In addition, he has asked priests "to invoke the intercession of the Blessed Virgin, Saint Joseph, and Saint Michael the Archangel. Please offer Masses, holy hours, Rosaries, votive candles and acts of reparation for these intentions."