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Satan worshippers suspected in theft in Kerala church

The desecration of communion bread is reported to be an important aspect of Black Mass.

 
Kochi: 

Church authorities in Kerala suspect that the theft attempt at the St Antony’s Monastery Church in Aluva on Sunday could be the handiwork of those who practice Black Mass or Satan worship.

Sources close to the Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council feel that the involvement of those who practise Satan worship could be suspected in the incident where the tabernacle, used for keeping sacramental breads, was found desecrated.

This is not the first incident of its kind being reported in the state.

A similar incident was reported in Sept. 2010 at the St Francis Assisi Church, Vellappally in Alappuzha. There were reports that the bread was stolen by those who practise Black Mass.

Following reports that Black Mass is gaining momentum in the state, Bishop Stephen Athipozhiyil of Alappuzha had issued a pastoral letter asking laity to be vigilant about the activities of such groups.

The desecration of communion bread is reported to be an important aspect of Black Mass.

Though Black Mass is a parody of the Holy Mass in Christianity, it has reportedly turned into the desecration of any thing considered to be divine by other religions, including Hinduism and Islam.

Authorities at the St James Church, Cheranallore, under the Archdiocese of Verapoly, have stopped giving communion bread in hand, after it was found that the bread is taken away.

The members of laity have expressed their misgivings regarding the Aluva incident.

“We strongly suspect the involvement of an evil group. It may be noted that the offering box in the church remains untouched. The common laity has no use of ‘Consecrated Host’ or the communion bread. Only those who practice Black Mass need it. There were reports that certain groups were active in giving Hosts for cash,” said Jose Vithayathil, secretary of KCBC’s laity commission.

However, the Aluva police maintain that the incident at the church was just another case of attempted theft.

“We could not trace any link that leads to Black Mass,” they said.

Source: New Indian Express

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