An event scheduled Monday re-enacting Satanic rituals, known as "Black Mass," was canceled at Harvard's campus after condemnation from the Archdiocese of Boston and the university's president.
The Harvard Extension School's Cultural Studies Club was hosting a series of events exploring different cultures.
After the group canceled the on-campus event, the New York-based Satanic Temple staged its own ceremony off-campus, reports the Harvard Crimson.
Harvard President Drew Faust said the decision to hold the event was up to the students. But Faust added in a statement that the event would be "so flagrantly disrespectful and inflammatory."
The Harvard Extension School said in a statement it encouraged students to assemble freely. However, "we do not agree with the student group's decision to stage an event that is so deeply disturbing and offensive to many in the Harvard community and beyond."
The Archdiocese of Boston last week said the Black Mass mocks the Catholic Mass.
In response, the archdiocese organized a Eucharistic procession and holy hour Monday evening at St. Paul Church on campus. Faust said he was attending the holy hour to reaffirm "our respect for the Catholic faith at Harvard."
More than 1,500 packed the church on Monday, reports The Boston Globe.