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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 01:07 PM


The Devil Made Him Do It: Exorcist Author To Sue Georgetown For Not Being Catholic Enough

In a slightly bizarre case of synchronicity, last night I watched, for the billionth time, that great, horrifying, terrifying Satanic scare-fest, The Exorcist. Even while the 40-year-old film, adapted from a book by William Peter Blatty, shows its age in both style and sensibility, the tale of spewing demons in the Georgetown home of a besieged mother and daughter saved by the arcane and dark Catholic art of exorcism remains sharp and specific, particularly in its dogmatic view of both the belief and the practice. Where the synchronicity comes in? This morning I stumbled on the following news item: William Peter Blatty, a 1950 graduate of Georgetown University, intends to file a canon lawsuit, and has currently filed a petition of complaint, against his alma mater where the movie was filmed. Why? To put it simply, he believes the university is not Catholic enough. At least not Catholic enough to call itself Catholic.

And just how Catholic is that? Well, in the complaint filed with Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington, D.C., the Academy-award winning horror-meister and cohorts (of which there are purportedly “more than 1,200 alumni, students, parents, teachers, and other laity from around the world”) claim the university does not comply with the “Ex Corde Ecclesiae,” former Pope John Paul’s 1991 decree regarding the parameters of “Catholic” higher institutions of learning. The very expansive list of grievances outlining the non-compliance is dry and detailed (though one wonders what “failure to invite respect of Catholic Doctrine and Morals” refers to. We’ll get to that in a minute.), but the gist is quite simple:

… The university failed to ensure “that all official actions and commitments [are] authentically Catholic,” to recruit personnel that are willing and able to “promote Catholic identity,” to respect Catholic doctrine and that the university employs a majority of non-Catholics.


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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 01:32 PM

2. Different forum


It should get more exposure in the Religion Group

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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 01:38 PM

3. Gee, I wonder if it's any coincidence that he filed this just a few weeks

before the 40th anniversary release of his film.

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