The “black mass” controversy at Harvard ended with a fizzle — and, possibly, a Scorpion Bowl. After promising to reenact a satanic ritual on campus Monday, a group of Harvard Extension School students, in conjunction with a New York group called the Satanic Temple, had drawn condemnations from the Archdiocese of Boston, Harvard President Drew Faust, and hundreds of local Catholics, some of whom marched in protest of a rite they said mocked Catholicism. Faust and her administrators declined to throw the group off campus, citing the right to free assembly. But the public outcry seemed to do its job: Somehow, the Satanists abandoned their campus location and claimed that they instead held a quiet ceremony at the Hong Kong restaurant in Harvard Square.
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