Exorcist author William Peter Blatty, who last month filed a canon law petition with more than 1,200 alumni, students, parents and faculty seeking remedies to strengthen Georgetown University's Catholic identity, today revealed that the petition was "submitted in prayer to the powerful intercessions of St. Jude Thaddeus and the miraculous intercession of Blessed John Paul II."
Accompanying the press release from The Father King Society, which sponsored the petition, is a photo of Blatty with Pope John Paul II, never publicly released before today. "Blessed John Paul is my inspiration," Blatty says in the release.
Blatty also reveals that the petition invoked "the spiritual protection of the North American Martyrs," once considered to be Georgetown’s patron saints.
He urges "all people of faith" to pray for Cardinal Donald Wuerl, to whom the petition was addressed.
The release takes note of Georgetown Communications Director Rachel Pugh's recent statement to The Hoya: “Our Catholic and Jesuit identity on campus has never been stronger. Academically, we remain committed to the Catholic intellectual tradition.”
"Georgetown’s defense is like a dancer doing pirouettes on the edge of the absurd.” Blatty responded. “My old stomping ground Brooklyn,” Blatty noted, “has lots of Masses offered every day, and yet Brooklyn, oddly, is not Catholic.”
...“Meanwhile among the vivid palette of mind-and-soul stretching philosophy courses that a Georgetown parent will pay for to meet GU’s course requirement are such offerings as ‘Philosophy of Sport,’ ‘Gender & Justice,’ ‘Business Responsibility,’ ‘Global Warming,’ ‘Philosophy and Star Trek,’ ‘Hallucinating,’ ‘Emotions,’ ‘Gender & Equality’ and ‘Distributive Justice,'” said Blatty.
“Among the courses that meet GU’s theology requirement are ‘Yoga and Meditation,’ ‘Catholics Go to the Movies: Questioning Catholicism from the King of Kings to the Da Vinci Code,’ ‘Political Theology: TheCase of Islam’ and ‘Feminist Theology,’ said Blatty.
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