Yesterday, Adam Daniel and his Dakhma of Angra Mainyu group put a stop to the lawsuit by turning over any communion wafers they were planning to use.
Daniels told VICE News that he was able to obtain the wafers from a priest in Turkey, who was apparently unaware of his intentions.
“They are claiming that I have stolen their property, which I have not,” he said. “I had consecrated wafers mailed to me from Turkey.”
Judge Bryan C. Dixon quickly issued a temporary order forbidding Daniels or anyone “under Daniels’ control” from “concealing, damaging, destroying, or removing” the wafers from Oklahoma County.
Daniels gave the disputed wafers to his lawyer pending resolution of the lawsuit. Though he was optimistic about winning the case, he informed VICE News that he had agreed on Thursday to hand over the wafers in exchange for the lawsuit being dropped. A lawyer for the Archdiocese confirmed that Daniel’s attorney had surrendered the wafers to Church officials in the afternoon.
I swear, this is the weirdest argument I’ve heard in a long time…
Catholics: Give us back our imaginary symbol!
Catholics: We’ll sue you!
Satanists: Fine, here are the crackers.
Catholics: Where did they come from?
Satanists: We had to import them from Turkey.
Catholics: (Wraps arms delicately around box of crackers.) Jesus is safe once again.
Here’s what I’d like to know: How does the Catholic Archdiocese know they got the consecrated wafers back? How can they tell the difference between wafers bought from a local grocery store and the magical ones? It’s like handing back an invisible wand.
It’s too bad. I would’ve loved to see a judge rule on the merits of the case.
In any case, the Black Mass is still on for September 21. So far 42 tickets have been bought in the 80-seat venue.
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