Georgetown University alumni, students and others are preparing a canon law suit to be filed with the Archdiocese of Washington and the Vatican, seeking remedies “up to and including the possible removal or suspension of top-ranked Georgetown’s right to call itself Catholic or Jesuit in its fundraising and representations to applicants.”
The effort is being led by the distinguished Georgetown alumnus William Peter Blatty, who won an Academy Award for his screenplay and book The Exorcist and has been honored by Georgetown with its John Carroll Medal for alumni achievement.
Blatty is urging Georgetown alumni, students, parents, faculty and anyone associated with Georgetown to join the lawsuit at <www.gupetition.org>. The website includes an inspiring letter by Blatty and a description of Georgetown’s historical ties to the Jesuits, the Washington Archdiocese and the Vatican. (Source)
I like the letter from Mr. Blatty and especially like what he quotes from a Georgetown grad who wrote him.
Unfortunately, I found that Georgetown today lacks the integrity to consistently live the Catholic identity it claims. While faith and spirituality are embraced at Georgetown, they are respected only so long as they are either confined within the walls of Dahlgren Chapel, or diluted to appease the dictatorship of relativism which is sweeping our civilization. My Catholic manner of worship was always accepted, but my Catholic lifestyle and convictions were sometimes attacked by student organizations and staff members, themselves underpinned by tacit and even explicit university endorsement. Far beyond nuanced scrutiny or respectful debate, my convictions, especially those regarding the dignity of human life, were instead the subject of sweeping condemnation, even at university-sponsored events. My cultural identity was insulted; my intellectual autonomy and personal agency were denied in order to render my voice inconsequential. On those occasions I came to wonder why, at a Catholic institution, I was so ridiculed for my Catholicism. I sometimes felt betrayed by a campus culture which discouraged faithfulness, even while banners everywhere touted the ideal of “faith in action.”
Not an uncommon diagnosis of the state of Catholic eduction where Catholic identity is boasted of, but with the fruits predominately secular and often in a way that opposes the faith. Dr. Jeckle could not live the dual personalities of Dr. Jeckly and Mr. Hyde and Catholic institutions that try to do the same thing will also fail at it or have Mr. Hyde predominate.
There is also something cool about the author of The Exorcist as an alumni calling out the university. I can easily imagine a group of priests surrounding the President of the University and some of the faculty while chanting “The Power of Christ compels you!” Though considering the university there just might be a flood of pea soup involved.
How do you tell if a Catholic university is possessed? When suddenly it stops speaking in Latin.
Though the action of Georgetown and other Catholic educational institutions don’t require diabolic possession as an explanation. More like possession by the spirit of the age which seems even harder to drive out until it dies its own natural death. No doubt much prayer and fasting is required.