The Harvard University Cultural Studies Club dropped their sponsorship of the controversial black Satanic mass that was supposed to take place Monday evening.
The announcement of the ceremony brought condemnation from the Archdiocese of Boston and criticism from the university President Drew Faust, who called the event "flagrantly disrespectful and inflammatory."
The club, collaborating with the Satanic Temple, said a local restaurant and nightclub would not host the event as planned, and they were unable to locate another site to host it.
Earlier, the cultural studies club had made the plans to host a Satanic black mass May 12 as a part of a series of explorations into diverse religious cultures.
"It is a declaration of personal independence from what some see as counter-productive cultural programming," Lucien Greaves, a spokesperson for the Satanic group, said.
The Archdiocese of Boston, led by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, warned against the event.
"In a recent statement, Pope Francis warned of the danger of being naïve about or underestimating the power of Satan, whose evil is too often tragically present in our midst," the Archdiocese said in a statement issued Thursday. "We call upon all believers and people of good will to join us in prayer for those who are involved in this event, that they may come to appreciate the gravity of their actions, and in asking Harvard to disassociate itself from this activity."
The Satanic group is also known for their recent attempts to place a Satanic monument next to the 10 Commandments at the Oklahoma State capitol.