In an interview with the Georgetown University student newspaper The Hoya, a University spokeswoman responded to the canon law petition submitted last week to Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl, regarding Georgetown's compliance with Ex corde Ecclesiae.
"Our Catholic and Jesuit identity on campus has never been stronger," Rachel Pugh, director of communications, reportedly said. "Academically, we remain committed to the Catholic intellectual tradition. We are proud of the countless ways that our students put their faith into action through service and justice programs."
The completed petition documents abuses of Catholic identity at Georgetown University and non-compliance with Church law for Catholic universities. The group is seeking remedies "including, if made necessary, the removal or suspension of top-ranked Georgetown's right to call itself Catholic and Jesuit in its fundraising and representations to applicants," according to leaders.
The document is signed by more than 1200 individuals. It includes 198 pages, 476 footnotes, 91 appendices and 124 witness statements documenting 23 years of "scandals and dissidence," Blatty's King Society reported.
Submitted with the petition is a 120-page dossier prepared by The Cardinal Newman Society at Blatty's request, summarizing Georgetown scandals documented by the Society over several years. The Newman Society and canon law experts were consulted for advice by the King Society throughout the year-long process of preparing the brief.
“What is evident is that Georgetown University has been captured by the ideology of radical autonomy. It pervades everything,” said Manuel Miranda, press contact and counsel for Blatty. “Academic freedom is now prisoner to intolerant new orthodoxies, and Catholic moral teaching has surrendered to the dictatorship of moral relativism."
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