It’s one of the strangest stories to roil Boston in recent memory: a Satanic black mass was scheduled on Harvard’s campus but drew vehement protest from Boston’s Catholic community and ended up taking place in a Chinese restaurant. As weird as it sounds, the episode raised big questions about the balance between academic freedom and religious beliefs.


Lucien Greaves: local member of The Satanic Temple, the religious organization that performed the black mass.

Ray Flynn: former mayor of Boston and served as U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican under President Clinton.

Wendy Kaminer: lawyer and free-speech advocate