In a recent article for The Times of London, William Peter Blatty, a devoted Georgetown University alumnus and best known as the author of The Exorcist book and screenplay, explained why he is appealing to Rome about the state of Catholic identity at his alma mater.
According to the article, the petition condemns Georgetown’s permissive attitude towards casual sex; tolerance of the active homosexual lifestyle; and support for abortion rights.
The last straw came when the university invited Kathleen Sebelius, the US Secretary of Health overseeing the creation of "Obamacare,” to be its commencement speaker in May, despite her outspoken support for a women's right to choose.
In effect, Georgetown is “flirting with demons,” but Blatty is trying to do something about it. He told The Times:
If someone close to you needs to enter rehab and you really love them, as I do Georgetown, you will do everything you can to pressure them into it.
More than 2,000 signatures have been garnered for the petition, now before the Vatican, asking for the university to live up to its Catholic mission or relinquish its claim to be Catholic.
As previously reported by Catholic Education Daily, please follow this link to show your support for Blatty’s and his fellow alumni’s efforts to restore Georgetown University’s Catholic identity.
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