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SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (ChurchMilitant.com) - A New Jersey Catholic university is dismissing accusations that its radio station airs satanic music.
"Unfortunately, misinformation about the station has recently circulated," responded Seton Hall University (SHU) in South Orange, New Jersey on Tuesday regarding a report spotlighting its radio station's broadcasting of songs such as "Hammer Smashed Face" and "Necromania."
"Seton Hall's response is about as dismissive of the concerns of faithful Catholics as one could get," Michael Hichborn of Lepanto Institute (LI) told Church Militant. "Could you imagine the public backlash the university would get if it claimed that its clubs adhered to strict university standards 'sustained by Catholic values' in defense of a student-run Ku Klux Klan club?"
"Pushing literal satanism through the airwaves is far worse, and yet the university yawns!" he added.
LI's work exposing other nominally Catholic organizations has met with similar responses. Hichborn explained:
It's almost as if Seton Hall just copied the PR playbooks of both the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and Catholic Relief Services: Claim the report is false, ignore the specific charges, claim to adhere to strict guidelines and standards and point out all the good things the organization does. Lather, rinse, repeat.
A portion of SHU's response reads, "WSOU educates and entertains through music, news, sports and public affairs; provides a hands-on learning experience for students; promotes a diverse and collaborative working environment; and encourages students and listeners to pursue a quest for lifelong learning sustained by Catholic values."
The response further states the station "must meet strict FCC standards for content" and "even stricter University standards for content." The school claimed "[e]verything that airs on WSOU is 'clean,' meaning songs are edited to remove offensive lyrics."
One of the songs that met the SHU's standards for content, "Hammer Smashed Face," includes the following lyrics:
Brutality now becomes my appetite
Violence is now a way of life
The sledge my tool to torture
As it pounds down on your forehead
Eyes bulging from their sockets
With every swing of my mallet
I smash your f*****g head in, until brains seep in
through the cracks, blood does leak
distorted beauty, catastrophe
Steaming slop, splattered all over me
"If the university considers the songs it broadcasts as 'clean,' then what on earth does it consider dirty?" asked Hichborn.
"The fact that the archdiocese of Newark has refused to take any action against a university directly under its authority which is literally spreading satanic and violent messaging speaks volumes," said Hichborn. "Catholics have a right to be defended by their shepherds against direct assaults on their faith."
Regarding the Newark archbishop's inaction, Hichborn said the fact that he "remains silent shows he is either indifferent to the salvation of souls or directly desires their damnation."
One song that aired in September 2019 on Tobin's watch, "Blood Eagle," is about violently killing Christians. The lyrics include the following:
Rip the body from the bone now
Spread the heavens wings
Show Valhalla glory and memory
Let the Christians sing
Hichborn said there is no way to reconcile "Catholic values" with songs about violently killing Catholics and others who put their faith in Our Lord.
Asked if the nominally Catholic radio station represents an isolated incident or if something more involved might be occurring, Hichborn recalled some time line overlaps.
"When we consider that homosexuality is always inextricably connected with the occult and devil worship, and remember that the satanic format of this radio station began the same year disgraced Theodore McCarrick took over as archbishop of Newark," he said, "we can't dismiss the possibility that something more insidious is taking place there."
"Our Lady begged for prayers of reparation at Fatima, and now we know why!" said Hichborn.
He ended with a call to action.
"We have got to organize Rosary rallies of reparation in front of Seton Hall and the chancery of the Newark archdiocese and continue demanding that Cdl. Tobin shut down the radio station completely," said Hichborn. "The very salvation of souls is at stake."