CALL TO ‘INTENSE’ PRAYER: BOSTON ARCHDIOCESE RESPONDS TO SATANIC TEMPLE’S CONVENTION
Washington D.C., Apr 20, 2023 / 09:30 am
The Archdiocese of Boston is responding to the Satanic Temple’s “SatanCon” event in Boston with scheduled eucharistic adoration, Catholic devotions, and “intense prayer.”
“At the direction of the cardinal [Sean O’Malley], we are approaching it through a response balanced and focused on prayer,” archdiocesan spokesman Terrence Donilon told CNA April 17.
“SatanCon,” as the Satanic Temple calls the event, is sold out and is being held from Friday to Sunday, April 28–30, at the Boston Marriott Copley Place to celebrate the organization’s history and values.
The Satanic Temple, which, according to its website, denies the existence of God and Satan, is a political activist group known for protesting religious symbolism in public spaces and mocking Christianity by offering “unbaptism” and hosting “black masses.”
The group seeks to “embrace rational inquiry removed from supernaturalism and archaic tradition-based superstitions,” its website says.
Nevertheless, the group’s satanic imagery and use of the word “satan” to attract people to its cause has prompted the Archdiocese of Boston’s prayerful response.
“We are finalizing a list of places throughout our whole archdiocese where we will gather in adoration and prayer. All of our shrines have agreed to be a part of this, and most of our monasteries,” Donilon said.
“Our men and women religious will be invited to more intense prayer during that weekend. In addition, many of our parishes will be opening up during the three days … for adoration and Masses with this intention,” he said.
The archdiocese is offering parishes prayer cards while encouraging the recitation of the St. Michael the Archangel prayer, Donilon said.
Several parishes have already begun to announce prayer initiatives in reparation for SatanCon.
HEAD OF PONTIFICAL ACADEMY FOR LIFE COMES OUT AS PRO-CHOICE ON ASSISTED SUICIDE. 
Yeah, things are THIS bad in the Church.
This man is a politician. For him, theology takes a backseat to politics.
Breitbart: The president of the Pontifical Academy for Life said he is personally opposed to assisted suicide but would not exclude it for others who wish to avail themselves of it.
In an April 21 debate on end-of-life issues at the Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia said that he endorses “accompaniment” and care as the best approach to assisting the terminally ill but recognizes the legitimacy of laws permitting assisted suicide as furthering the common good.
“In our society, a practicable legal mediation allowing assisted suicide cannot be excluded,” Archbishop Paglia said.
‘DEEP REGRET’: ROMAN BISHOP APOLOGIZES FOR ALLOWING ANGLICAN ‘MASS’ IN PAPAL BASILICA
VATICAN CITY (LifeSiteNews) — The Vicar of the Papal Basilica of St. John Lateran has issued an apology after a group of Anglican clergy were somehow permitted to conduct a religious service inside the ancient basilica.
The apology was issued Thursday by Bishop Guerino di Tora, an auxiliary bishop of Rome for the northern area and the Vicar of the Chapter of St. John Lateran.
“The Lateran Chapter, in the person of His Excellency Monsignor Guerino di Tora, capitular vicar, expresses deep regret for what happened last Tuesday, April 18, inside the basilica of St. John in Rome,” the brief press release began.
The statement was in response to an April 18 liturgy in St. John Lateran held by a group of around 30 Anglican clergymen. As LifeSiteNews has reported, the group of Anglicans posted numerous pictures online, evidencing their usage of the altar of the cathedra for a “Mass.”
In fact, a group of about 50 priests, accompanied by their bishop, all belonging to the Anglican communion, celebrated in the ‘cathedral of Rome,’ in contravention of canonical norms.