Georgetown U (Jesuits) should be Catholic or lose the title – PETITION

I direct the readership’s attention to an item in the RSS feed of the Cardinal Newman Society which is on the sidebar of this blog. Covers Blatty’s Canon Law Petition on Georgetown’s Catholic Identity’s managing editor Michael Chapman recently covered the story about the Georgetown University alumni effort (see: Blatty’s Canon Law Case to Reform Georgetown Goes to Vatican) to restore Catholic identity to their once revered alma mater:
Georgetown University alumnus William Peter Blatty, author of the best-selling book The Exorcist and its Academy Award-winning screenplay, both of which take place in Georgetown, has sent a Canon Law petition to Pope Francis, appealing to him to make Georgetown University comply with the basic rules required to be a “Catholic” school.
If Georgetown University refuses to adhere to those rules, as spelled out in the papal document Ex corde Ecclesiae by Pope John Paul II, then its official identity as a “Catholic” university, as a last possible measure, should be removed, says Blatty.
The petition, signed by more than 2,000 people so far, is not a lawsuit but a document that faithful Catholics are allowed to send to the Vatican to make known their concerns and to call upon Church authorities, including the Pope, for help.
You can read the rest of Chapman’s story here, and you can show your support for Blatty’s efforts by clicking here.

You might check out that petition.

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  1. Lin says:

    Bravo, Mr. Blatty! I sent him an email using the link to send him my support and prayers!

  2. Unwilling says:

    We just watched, in fact (by” episodes”), are watching The Exorcist. I have been impressed by the technical accuracy in both Latin and English. But, having watched the “Bonus Feature” interview, I had no idea Blatty was so serious.

    But my comment/question is: Doesn’t Francis look askance at such petitions? From the Jesuit interview: “It is amazing to see the denunciations for lack of orthodoxy that come to Rome. I think the cases should be investigated by the local bishops’ conferences….” Cardinal Wuerl declined.

  3. Alanmac says:

    The fact that that Georgetown U has become a secular humanist campus didn’t happen overnight.
    Georgetown, Gonzaga, in fact, most nominal Catholic universities today are no different than state colleges. They are products of relativism, where administrators let one minor thing slide, then another, and over the years the school has no Catholic character.
    I am ashamed of these “Catholic” institutions and can’t imagine why they retain that name.
    I hope Pope Francis withdraws support from them.

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