Holy See Responds to William Peter Blatty’s Canon-Law Petition for Georgetown University

WASHGINTON — Last September, William Peter Blatty, the author of The Exorcist and an alumnus of Georgetown University, sent a canonical petition to the Vatican, requesting that the Church “require that Georgetown implement Ex Corde Ecclesiae, a papal constitution governing Catholic colleges.”

If that effort proved fruitless, his petition called for “the removal or suspension of top-ranked Georgetown’s right to call itself Catholic and Jesuit in any of its representations.”

Many months later, Blatty and the 2,000 other men and women who signed his petition have received a response from the Congregation for Catholic Education, sparking cautious hope that the Holy See will press the Society of Jesus to address festering problems on the Washington campus.


Great news. Thank you for sharing, _Aby.

One can certainly hope.

For the few of us who may now know, Mr. Blatty is the Academy Award winning author of The Exorcist (both the novel and the screenplay), among other things.

May God Bless Mr. Blatty…we need more people to speak up…tks

Hope it works, and there are other Catholic institutions that need to have the same thing happen.

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