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William Peter Blatty Submits Petition to Halt Georgetown’s Drift From the Church
The National Catholic Register ^ | 10/4/13 | Joan Frawley Desmond

Posted on 10/06/2013 6:38:47 AM PDT by marshmallow

2,000 signees join The Exorcist author in requesting that the Vatican require the university to implement Ex Corde Ecclesiae.

WASHINGTON — When William Peter Blatty won a four-year scholarship to Georgetown University in the 1940s, he arrived at the Jesuit campus with a sense of relief.

During his childhood, Blatty and his mother suffered through more than 20 evictions for non-payment of rent. For the first time, he knew he could stay put without unwelcome interruptions.

More than a half century later, after winning an Academy Award for the screenplay adaptation of his bestselling novel The Exorcist, Blatty still calls Georgetown “home.”

But his love for the pontifical institution has inspired him to support and sign a canon-law petition that asks the “Catholic Church to require that Georgetown implement Ex Corde Ecclesiae, a papal constitution governing Catholic colleges.”

If that effort fails, the petition signed by Blatty and 2,000 other Catholics calls for “the removal or suspension of top-ranked Georgetown’s right to call itself Catholic and Jesuit in any of its representations.”

Asked to explain why he has backed a petition that could damage the reputation of his alma mater, Blatty told the Register, “Today’s Georgetown isn’t Georgetown, but more like a living Picture of Dorian Gray.”

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1 posted on 10/06/2013 6:38:47 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

I’m forever grateful to him for having filmed “The Exorcist,” (the fear of the devil is the beginning of the beginning of wisdom) and now I like him even more.


2 posted on 10/06/2013 6:41:27 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: marshmallow

The archbishops of Washington have wrung their hands (if they did that much) while Georgetown and other universities reverted to paganism and went pro-abortion. Cardinal Donald Wuerl can’t summon the courage to say that Nancy Pelosi is not a fine Catholic in good standing.

Georgetown was sold to the Saudis years ago.


3 posted on 10/06/2013 6:44:07 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan (If you're FOR sticking scissors in a female's neck and sucking out her brains, you are PRO-WOMAN!)
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To: Arthur McGowan

Cdl Wuerl is a disgrace; I don’t know how many more years he has until retirement, but I hope it’s not a lot.

Georgetown spends more time promoting its various “Islamic institutes,” funded either by the Saudis or by American Muslim groups, than it does on anything else. Well, except on gushing over Obama and supporting abortion.


4 posted on 10/06/2013 6:49:43 AM PDT by livius
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To: marshmallow

It’s a Jesuit university, what do you expect.


5 posted on 10/06/2013 6:51:35 AM PDT by NotSoFreeStater (If you choose not to decide you still have made a choice)
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To: marshmallow

bookmark


6 posted on 10/06/2013 6:56:03 AM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: marshmallow

scariest book i ever read...


7 posted on 10/06/2013 6:56:13 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
I’m forever grateful to him for having filmed “The Exorcist,” (the fear of the devil is the beginning of the beginning of wisdom) and now I like him even more.

You have this very significantly backwards there, friend

Proverbs 9:10: "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding."

The Exorcist was a film about the godless filmed by the godless meant to import a perception of power to Satan that he does not inherently have, unless those who choose to remain godless surrender that power to him.

As one of God's children, do not allow yourself to be gulled by Hollywood into surrendering that power, yourself.

FReegards!


8 posted on 10/06/2013 6:57:42 AM PDT by Agamemnon (Darwinism is the glue that holds liberalism together)
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To: Agamemnon
You have this very significantly backwards there, friend

That's the passage that I had in mind.

That's why I said, "the beginning of the beginning of wisdom."

And it's true. Fear (i.e., profound respect for) of the Lord can begin with (abject) fear of the devil.

It's a starting point.

Blatty portrayed the devil in all his malignancy, potentially striking fear into the heart of the most complacent atheist.

For that we should all be grateful.

9 posted on 10/06/2013 7:04:17 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas; marshmallow

Interesting that you post this now. Linda Blair has been in Denver the last couple of days, mainly promoting her dog rescue program. But when asked about The Exorcist, she said it’s mainly a battle between good and evil, and I agree.


10 posted on 10/06/2013 7:46:55 AM PDT by real saxophonist (Rock, paper, scissors, GUN. I win.)
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To: NotSoFreeStater

Not all Jesuits are leftists. I do believe that Francis who is a Jesuit will tow the line following traditional Catholicism.


11 posted on 10/06/2013 7:49:36 AM PDT by Vaquero ( Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
And it's true. Fear (i.e., profound respect for) of the Lord can begin with (abject) fear of the devil. It's a starting point.

The devil is a loser and I do not fear losers. As a Christian you shouldn't either.

Fearing the devil is the beginning of Satan's deception not the "beginning of the beginning of wisdom." Do not build him up in your mind to be something bigger than he is.

I do not love God, because I fear the devil. Keep your mind on Christ. God is Love (I John 4:8) and Perfect Love casteth out fear (I John 4:18)

Blatty portrayed the devil in all his malignancy, potentially striking fear into the heart of the most complacent atheist. For that we should all be grateful.

Possibly, but Blatty does not point the reader toward conquering the sin in one's life and conquering the devil with it by trusting in Christ, having a salvation experience, and establishing the Lordship of Christ in one's life .... merely cultivating a cartoonish fear of the devil that results in box office receipts.

The devil thinks he will have the atheist eventually. So what if he scares the crap out of him in a movie? Move on to "Rosemary's Baby," or "The Shining," and any other crap movie peddled by Hollywood that instills more fear of the devil. Instill more fear, and get more submission to the phony power he holds. Satan's OK with that.

Is there any empirical evidence to which you might point that describes how many atheists turned their lives over to Christ as a result of viewing "the Exorcist" or reading the book?

We bring people to Christ on the basis of His love for us, not on the basis that we have constructed our own fear around the power we have chosen to project upon the most damnable One for all time.

FReegards!


12 posted on 10/06/2013 8:25:29 AM PDT by Agamemnon (Darwinism is the glue that holds liberalism together)
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To: NotSoFreeStater

Please....I work for/with Jesuits on a daily basis. They are the best people I’ve ever worked for and their mission at our Retreat House is wonderful. As the director says on a regular basis “I’d rather see empty envelopes than empty seats”. I agree some places have gone astray, but this director also sits on the board for the local Jesuit University and they have done everything they can to maintain strong values there.

Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater....


13 posted on 10/06/2013 8:42:56 AM PDT by Clintons Are White Trash (If stupid ever reaches $150 a barrel then I want the drilling rights to Maxine Water's head.)
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To: Clintons Are White Trash

Oh, I forgot to mention - the story of the Exorcist happened here in St. Louis and the boy was even brought to our location for an outing that did not turn out well.


14 posted on 10/06/2013 8:44:29 AM PDT by Clintons Are White Trash (If stupid ever reaches $150 a barrel then I want the drilling rights to Maxine Water's head.)
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To: livius
Cdl Wuerl is a disgrace; I don’t know how many more years he has until retirement, but I hope it’s not a lot.

November 12, 2015, so about 2 more years.

15 posted on 10/06/2013 8:54:17 AM PDT by BlessedBeGod (Democrats are Cruz'n for a Bruisin' in 2016.)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
Actually, that is not correct.

The Word of God (the Bible) clearly states: "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom." (Proverbs 9:10; Psalm 111:10, italics and emphasis mine)

Why not fear the devil? Because we are children of the living GOD, that's why. So here's how this really works:

"Resist the devil, and he will FLEE from you." (James 4:7, italics and emphasis mine)

The devil has no power over us that we do not first abdicate to him. Give him a tough time and he'll move on to easier prey. Heaven knows there's enough of that around for him these days.

16 posted on 10/06/2013 9:43:55 AM PDT by 60Gunner (Fight with your head high, or grovel with your head low.)
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To: Agamemnon

FWIW,

” So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! “

“Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

We shouldn’t underestimate our adversary, or overestimate our sanctity.


17 posted on 10/06/2013 10:17:06 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: 60Gunner

Re-read the original post carefully.


18 posted on 10/06/2013 10:18:42 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: Clintons Are White Trash

There is an excellent one hour documentary on YouTube that tells the true story.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dDgoNlOn-hk&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DdDgoNlOn-hk

The truth is more interesting than fiction.

The most memorable part for me comes at the very end.


19 posted on 10/06/2013 10:24:01 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: BlessedBeGod

You mean...2 looong years!

It’s particularly bad in his case, because while DC isn’t that important Church-wise, because it’s important government-wise, people take his miserable Dem-supporting behavior as a statement from the Church as a whole.

This is certainly not the truth, but the press can portray it that way.


20 posted on 10/06/2013 2:54:38 PM PDT by livius
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
” So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! “

I don't think I said, "don't be careful."

“Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

I didn't say don't be aware of the devil.

I said, don't fear him.

We shouldn’t underestimate our adversary, or overestimate our sanctity.

We shouldn't underestimate what God has in store for our adversary by choosing to empower him with our fears.

One cannot overestimate one's sanctity through Christ, because Christ paid it all.

Hebrews 13:12 "Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate."

FReegards!


21 posted on 10/06/2013 7:06:48 PM PDT by Agamemnon (Darwinism is the glue that holds liberalism together)
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