Back in the “Ronnie Raygun,” no-nukes 1980s, one joke making the left-wing rounds went that America was trying to make up for being late for the last two world wars by being really punctual this time. That’s the first thing I thought of as I watched the Catholic Church spring into action with uncharacteristic alacrity last week, to prevent a “black mass” from being performed on Harvard property.
I’m so unaccustomed to seeing Catholics publicly protesting against anything that doesn’t start with “ab” and end in “ortion” that I figured the story was a gag. Especially since the (astonishingly sympathetic) President of Harvard is named “Faust.”
But it was for real. A critical mass of local Catholics was sufficiently exercised—there was even a Eucharistic procession—that the black mass was ultimately aborted.
Here’s the thing, though…