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  • May 18, 2012 at 1:25 am // Reply

    I want to thank you so much for standing up for Jesus’ Church. He picked you, Mr. Blatty and I am so grateful to you for your actions and response to Him with a “YES”! Jesus does not want his children in Catholic Institutions like Georgetown to lose faith and God forbid their eternal salvation due the risk of these Universities’ activities. It is time to STOP the experimentation of Theology and Cultural appeasement in these areas of Catholic Life.

    If you need donations to be set up, I will be the first to donate.

    Praying for you!

    Robert Sledz
    Belvidere, IL

  • May 18, 2012 at 2:11 am // Reply

    I applaude and stand by the efforts to make our Catholic Universities, and especially those of Jesuit influence, to “come back into the flock.” Catholic universities and Catholic schooling in general has a very rich and important heritage in the shaping of America. Please, let us not lose that legacy now – these times are too critical for it to be lost! God bless your efforts Mr. Blatty! God bless Pope Benedict XVI!!!

  • May 18, 2012 at 2:30 am // Reply

    I don’t have words adequate to say how grateful I am for this action against GU and the pseudojesuits.

  • May 18, 2012 at 9:05 am // Reply

    I graduated from Georgetown (AB ’69), and taught as an adjunct at GULC for 13 years. There are some good Catholics at Georgetown, but they are by and large semi-underground. The people in charge of the school have lost the fire, if they ever had it to begin with, and have slid into apostasy, or even atheism. It amounts to a hijacking of the school by persons unqualified to even teach there.
    Standing up for Jesus Christ, the BVM, and the Catholic Church should be something required of faculty and sought after in students. Time to clean house and be true to the mission of Georgetown. There are boatloads of secular schools, but precious few real Catholic ones, and it’s up to Catholics to ensure that Georgetown saying it’s Catholic isn’t a false or fraudulent statement.

    • May 18, 2012 at 2:45 pm // Reply

      Amen, sir and thank you for your service in the past.

      Robert Sledz
      Belvidere, IL

  • May 18, 2012 at 9:21 am // Reply

    Words cannot express my thanks to all those who are staning up in truth and love to protect souls wounded by Georgetowns promotion of the culture of death.

    God bless and thank you

  • May 18, 2012 at 10:57 am // Reply

    I am a 1961 Graduate of Geogetown Univ. and a 1964 Graduate of Georgetown Law School. I am appalled at how Georgetown has lost its faith and its committment to the Catholic Church. Where are the Jesuits? Where are those Jesuits who are the overseers of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Many years ago, I stopped contributing when I saw what direction Georgetown was going. I asked that SOMEONE call me about this, but sadly noone ever did. In some sense, I believe that accepting Federal Funds is part of this, but that does not excuse Georgetown’s leaders from walking away from their faith committment. I pray that our Good and Loving God will bring them back!

  • May 18, 2012 at 11:32 am // Reply

    Thank you for this action. My wife and I are former employees of the Campus. 40 years ago, we noticed that the Jesuits were giving spiritual advice thay was not in keeping with Catholic teaching. The present situation is part of the resulting downward spiral.

  • May 18, 2012 at 12:03 pm // Reply

    Thank you for this long over-due calling Georgetown to account for the serious miss use of the Catholic and Jesuit affiliations! There are many secular schools to attend but few Catholic, therefore every school identifying as Catholic must truly be Catholic.

    God bless your efforts and bring them to a good end. May this inspire graduates of other Catholic schools to call their schools to account! Georgetown is not the only offender, just the most brazen at the moment.

    Prayers in the Trinity & Our Lady.
    God bless you!

  • May 18, 2012 at 12:19 pm // Reply

    John A. Bohl Fordham ’32
    John A. Bohl, Jr. St. Joseph’s Prep, Phila. ’61
    GU ’65
    John A. Bohl, III Jesuit High School, Sacramento ’91
    Theodore ’92
    Alexander ’93

    St. Ignatius founded the Order as “Defenders of the Faith”

    Sebelius has been denied the Sacraments for her open support of abortion and
    Dr. Tiller while Governor of Kansas.

    What is going on?

    • May 18, 2012 at 12:26 pm // Reply

      My father, my three sons and I were Jesuit educated.

      St. Ignatius founded the order as “Defenders of the Faith”.

      Ms. Sebelius supports third trimester abortion.

      What would St. Ignatius do?

  • May 18, 2012 at 12:20 pm // Reply

    It does give me hope to see there are people fighting for traditional Catholic values and traditions. PLEASE keep up the good work and make our Faith a praise to Jesus.

  • May 18, 2012 at 12:25 pm // Reply

    As a recent convert to the One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic Church, I am very heartened to know that there are those who will stand for our faith. As the father of four children, it is my desire that they go to a Catholic University, that will embrace the fullness of the Church, and not pick and choose what they believe applies. My prayerful intentions are with you, and know that the Ecclesia Militans stands one with our Mother to correct these obvious wrongs.

    Ad maiorem Dei gloriam.

  • May 18, 2012 at 12:42 pm // Reply

    As an SFS ’89 alumni, a student who attended Fr King’s daily mass, I am grateful for this effort! How appropriate to place it in Fr. Tom King’s name since he worked so diligently for the pro-life effort and was respected by his fellow GU Thelogians and fellow Jesuits.

    Personally I have petitioned Georgetown wrote letters as concerning events occured throughout the last 23 years, all to no avail. It does seem appropriate for the alumni and Catholic community to give a corporate response because Georgetown is causing such public scandal.

  • May 18, 2012 at 1:13 pm // Reply

    I applaud the efforts of those who are defending the religious rights of Catholic institutions, but I would also like to call on our leaders (Catholic and otherwise) to protect and preserve the religious rights of all individuals in America (Catholic and other business owners whose rights are violated by THEM being mandated to provide contraception and abortifacients through the Obamacare mandate).

    Why isn’t the church speaking out for the religious rights of her members?

  • May 18, 2012 at 1:39 pm // Reply

    Problem Started in 1967:
    It is my belief that the 1967 Land ’0 Lakes meeting of the Catholic Universities hosted by Fr. Hesburgh (Notre Dame) which culminated in the Land ’0 Lakes Statement which effectively separated the Universities from the faithful adherence to the tenants of our Faith. In 1967 there were 26 Catholic Universities that signed the statement that led them to be less than Catholic. This was done under the guise of “Academic Freedom” of the Right to Free Speech.
    Sometimes children need to be admonished. Persistent children need to be admonished often. I believe that all but one of these institutions remain persistent in their un-Catholic ways. This turning away from the full understanding of “Catholic” has greatly contributed to the problems found in the world today. Our Bishops, Our Father in Rome need to persistently and frequently correct these wayward children. Our Lord said “Let the children come to me”….. sometimes our Church leaders need to go to the children. Our Bishops and our Vatican- yes our Holy Father need to admonish these wayward Universities … like a wayward child. They need it often as almost 50 years has passed and they are not listening.
    Thanks for the opportunity of expressing one man’s opinion.
    Jim Gulde
    Notre Dame 1955

  • May 18, 2012 at 2:08 pm // Reply

    The Georgetown Ignatian Society was founded to stop Georgetown from funding the pro-abortion student group, G.U. Choice. Through Canon Law we succeeded. This effort to force Georgetown to obey the teachings of the Catholic Church will also succeed and the signatues of those who support this effort will announce to other Catholic institutions which aren’t adhering to Catholic rules, that they can also be forced to stand up or be shut down as Catholic. God Bless the good Jesuits who have honored their vows and may God help those who have chosen to back away from the product they agreed to sell when they were ordained.. Ann Sheridan, President, The Georgetown Ignatian Society

    • June 24, 2012 at 12:29 pm // Reply

      Thank you for your response to William Peter Blatty’s initiative. I too have been greatly concerned about GU’s defiance of Catholic doctrine in its pursuit of PC. I would like to know about the Father King Society and how I might support its efforts to foster GU’s Catholic heritage. Yours for a Faithful GU

      Joe McPhillips SFS’ 50

  • May 18, 2012 at 2:44 pm // Reply

    I’ve long admired Mr. Blatty as a writer and now there is even more reason to admire him as a man. Keep up the good fight and perhaps we can bring it to the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, with its pro-abort trustees, homosexual faculty, and theologians that couldn’t tell you the difference between the Eucharist and a baloney sandwich.

  • May 18, 2012 at 2:54 pm // Reply

    Thank you for expanding on the importance of timing and the relevance of what really is happening in at our Universities today. Although not privileged to attend Georgetown, I am in the military and can appreciate the under ground silence that I must observe on matters that do really affect society today. Going-along to get-along is what enables the Pandora’s box of social issues to perpetuate in an open-ended loop of entitlement options; that, are often based on a revelation of secular resolutions. All sides of an argument should be addressed. Critical thinking is not an exercise in criticism of person, thought or tradition. The observance of the Georgetown Student in support of contraception was an obvious, challenge to church doctrine and promoted by those who believe in Critical Legal Theory. Engagement of Human Health Secretary Sebelious as Commencement Speaker only validates those who believe in their social timing as righteous in nature without due regard to the true, catholic doctrine that guides it.

  • May 18, 2012 at 3:00 pm // Reply

    I cannot thank you enough for pursuing Canon Law options to reign in Georgetown. I find the decline in Catholic identity over the years discouraging and heartbreaking, and am tired of hearing more about the school with regard to scandal than to accomplishments. I no longer recognize it as my beloved university. Very sad.

  • May 18, 2012 at 3:05 pm // Reply

    Although there is a very, very small remnant of faithful Catholics at Georgetown, all of whom probably attend or offer the traditional Latin Mass on Tuesday evenings in Dahlgren, it is a mess of a campus. I think your solution is one that will turn Georgetown, and all its Jesuits, Catholic again in the long term. Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam.

  • May 18, 2012 at 3:24 pm // Reply

    Thank you Mr Blatty. Georgetown University is a poisoned well that has damaged the faith and distorted the Catholic formation of countess good individuals well beyond the physical boundaries of the campus. For Church officials not to take action is scandalous and a clear and present danger fo the eternal life of the flock. Cardinal and others have an obligation to act decisively. Anything less than a decisive and public remedy to the Georgetown poison is a dereliction of duty that will be answered for on judgement day. How many more souls will be lost and life’s ruined by the sins of omission of our shepards? We must pray that they will do their duty before God and man.
    RMG
    Georgetown University Law Center, ’80.

  • May 18, 2012 at 4:31 pm // Reply

    You have won my thanks and admiration for establishing such a long overdue movement to restore GU to its rightful position as a leading CATHOLIC and academic institution.I attended GU SFS as a WWII vet and had no contact with any Jesuits.But ,there was never a doubt that GU was Catholic,past,present and future. I am grateful for my Catholic heritage.I also seek to be loyal to the institutions in my life, including GU.I am proud of the GU of my day(SFS’50); alas,this is not true today. I would be happy to send contributions when asked by GU, but absent a change in policy this support will continue to go to The Cardinal Newman Society

    Yours for a Faithful GU

  • May 18, 2012 at 4:38 pm // Reply

    Mr. Blatty,

    Your book the Exorcist showed the spiritual warfare that can take place in the world.

    It would be much more frightining and hellish to see the demons that are driving the pro-abortion, pro-homosexaul, anti-Catholic agenda of Georgetown than anything you covered in the Exorcist.

  • May 18, 2012 at 4:41 pm // Reply

    Bill,
    Fr. Tom Bermingham gives you an A+ on this one!
    lisa

    • May 18, 2012 at 11:20 pm // Reply

      Lisa Dailey
      GU CAS ’77
      GU AAP 374

  • May 18, 2012 at 4:46 pm // Reply

    Hello Mr. Blatty-I whole-heartedly agree with your opinions on the state of Georgetown and their failure to live up to their catholic identity. It pains me that the Georgetown that was founded by our first American Bishop is now more of a secular college than a Catholic University. However, I cannot sign your petition. I do not wish for Georgetown to be stripped of its Catholic identity, but, instead, live up to it. I want the University to know that we all want it to return to its roots. I want others to be able to experience the Catholic retreats and experiences that helped form my faith. Those experiences helped me get to know my then friend, now husband, in an entirely more meaningful way than most students at secular universities can. What I want for Georgetown is for it not to be a secular university, but return to its roots.
    Thanks the opportunity to comment,
    Debbie Ryan, GU Nursing School, 1993

  • May 18, 2012 at 5:36 pm // Reply

    As a student at nearby Trinity College, I attended many functions at Georgetown during my four years. Both schools were already promoting situation ethics and moral relativism. I rejoice at this effort to call Georgetown back to the authentic Catholic faith. May the Lord bless all your efforts.

  • May 18, 2012 at 5:50 pm // Reply

    My brother, George F. Clark, Georgetown FS Grad 1950, hero of Iwo Jima via his “beachmaster” role with USMC 1945, retired US Navy Commander, a faithful Catholic, must be “rolling in his grave” along with his authentic Jesuit priests, alumni, friends and laymen who witness the secularization of Georgetwon from the ranks of the communion of saints.

  • May 18, 2012 at 6:02 pm // Reply

    I have signed this document but deeply regret that it does not enable to identify myself as the parent of a FORMER G’town student, indeed, a G’town graduate.

    I encouraged my son to chose G’town for the specific reason of its Catholicity, but after graduating, my son vehemently recommended against my encouraging his sister, my daughter, to also attend G’town. He did so because the school has abandoned its Catholic principles and identity.

    Can nothing be done to stop its slide into secular mediocrity?

  • May 18, 2012 at 6:04 pm // Reply

    I am a Jesuit school graduate(Loyola-Chicago),and fear other Catholic schools will “act like Georgetown”.They must be taken to task,now.

  • May 18, 2012 at 8:10 pm // Reply

    I graduated from the School of Foreign Service 1951.. GU was truly a Catholic school.
    In recent years Georgetown has become an embarrassment to pracitisng Catholics. Much of that “news” is well known among the Father King and Newman Societies.
    I, and many of my Brothers in Christ here at our parish in Ft Myers Fl no longer consider GU a Catholic University.
    I pray The Holy Spirit will provide those who will take action on this overall matter with the gifts of Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, and Fortitude. May the Peace and Love of Christ be with them always.

  • May 18, 2012 at 8:49 pm // Reply

    Chiara Cardone speaks for me and our family. My wife Elizabeth and I are both graduates of the GU College Class of 1978. Chiara is the 7th of our 10 children (Gifts from God), and the 4th of our children to graduate from GU. Our son Joseph has just completed his sophmore year at Georgetown, and serves as president of the campus pro-life group.
    William Peter Blatty expresses clearly our frustration with GU, whereby we need to fight the evil within our own beloved Catholic, and yes, Jesuit, Alma Mater, rather than uniting against evil forces of the outside world. The Jesuits who support GU’s current position are turning their order’s traditions upside down. True Jesuits are supposed to be the defenders of our faith. This is a perfect example of the fight of “Good versus Evil”. And we know who will triumph!
    Perhaps I should be grateful that Georgetown’s outrageous behavior toward our Church, is only spurring our children and other future generations to rally to the “TRUTH” of Jesus Christ which will not be denied.
    HOYA SAXA !!!
    Dominic Cardone, C’78

  • May 18, 2012 at 11:11 pm // Reply

    As I wached the news and saw how GU covers the Crucifix when a politcian is a guest speaker there , it made my blood boiled,I love being Catholic not a
    good one all the time but that’s the only thing that keeps me sane .Thank you
    Mr. Blatty

  • May 19, 2012 at 10:03 am // Reply

    The truth is not altered by the believer. We can find many persons of distinction who, like the emperor in the fairy tale, are parading around in their underwear. Let us not be like a sycophant who admires the invisible raiments of vanity and pride. Especially when the parade is passing through our dear hallowed halls made sacred by life, death and sacrifice of faithful servants.

    The disappointment and personal affront, though strong, are small compared to the scale of the scandal. Where the Universitiy has gained fame and endowment, it has enlarged its responsibility to the faithful, to the believing students, and even those of every faith. Georgetown must be what it truly is, what it was founded to be, what uncompromising Jesuit minds have worked to make it.

    When the university lends square footage for the advancement of corrupt programs, invitations to gravely sin, funding to programs originating elsewhere aimed at student membership in sinful activities, the collective conscience revolts, as the individual conscience reals in shock.

    The students are being used as fodder, conveniently being referred to as ‘independent’ or ‘consenting’ adults. They are being misled and deceived by a Catholic school who promised to teach them how to think, who forms men and women for others, while taking away from them what they pretended to protect, the most precious gifts of our youth. I am speaking of our purity and our innocence, our trust in others and our reliance on holiness and the rule of the sacred in our lives. It is not egotistical to feel Catholic with the capital “C”, it is our calling, in Christ.

    The truth is not altered by the believer. I learned that from my parents, Holy Child educated and Jesuit educated, going back many generations. Christ is our light, and we are, and must remember to be God’s people. It is written on my heart.

  • May 19, 2012 at 11:20 am // Reply

    My family, on my father’s side, has over 500 years of Jesuits service…when their vow years are counted up…in its heritage and story. A remarkable family and story! About 20 years before I retired as a professor, I extensively researched my Jesuit “background.” In that process, I delved deeply into Jesuit spirituality and history. As a practicing Catholic with a Jesuit family heritage that both humbles me and makes be rightly proud, I was so disappointed as I began to learn about how Georgetown and other Jesuit institutions have gotten off track. I concluded ultimately that the problem is caused in large part by a crisis of leadership and of the proper exercise of authority in the Jesuit order. Hence, I think it is beyong any doubt a time for loyal Catholics and for American Catholic Bishops to remedy the problem. The problem is extensive and systemic in Jesuit higher education, though. My daughter graduated from Gonzaga University. How saddened I was when I read that the lay president, who replaced Fr. Spitzer, S.J., authorized campus presentations of the Vagina Monologues. Some high level as well as some rank and file Jesuits believe the problems of Georgetown, Gonzaga, etc., are beyond correction. Although they feel they are making a realistic assessment, I favor a more hopeful response. Removing the Catholic identity of Georgetown, as Bishop Olmsted did in regard to a major Catholic hospital in Phoenix, would be step in the right direction. From steps such as this [that would show that our American bishops are committed to Ex Corde Ecclesiae....and not opposed to it as they were, in practice, to Humanae Vitae....for all too many years]. Whatever steps are taken to solve the problems of Georgetown and other Jesuit universities, every step must be take courageousely, firmly, and with kindness and prayer. I think the Sebelius graduation speech should be viewed as the straw that broke, thank God, the camel’s back.

  • May 19, 2012 at 12:40 pm // Reply

    I was very grateful for much of the education that I received at Georgetown (CAS 1981), however, the handwriting was on the wall even back then as to the decline of Georgetown’s Catholic identity. Pope John Paul visited Washington, D.C. in 1979 and inspired many of us to be true disciples of Jesus Christ, and I finally decided to become a diocesan priest. In fact, Father King was my spiritual director during my senior year and he helped me to find my priestly vocation. I have many friends who were proud of their Georgetown education, but are now very concerned about it. I would like to thank William Peter Blatty for his efforts, and I promise my prayers and financial support. Above all, let us really pray to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Our Lady of Fatima, and St. Ignatiius of Loyolla for a real change of heart fo GU’s administration and faculty. Peace, Fr. Ben Reese

  • May 19, 2012 at 1:16 pm // Reply

    As a 1963 BSN graduate, I deeply support the Father King Society. The framework of Catholic principles, ethical standards and pride in my religion I learned at GU have carried with me my whole life,whether in politics, college teaching, or business. I was proud to uphold the fact that I was a Georgetown grad.
    Slowly Georgetown has morphed into a pop culture institution which has been lured into ego driven decisions. So sad…our alma mater could be a world leader in forwarding Catholic teachings instead it has forgotten its grand heritage and become seedy.

  • May 19, 2012 at 1:39 pm // Reply

    I stand with you and am grateful to you for having the courage to speak out against what amounts to anti-catholic behavior, on the part of so-called Catholic institutions. Georgetown, Notre Dame, Fordham, and other Universities that simply ignore what Ex corde Ecclesiae and the USCCB require give rise to scandal and are leading people away from authentic Church teaching. I can’t help but think that, “…better a millstone where tied around their (collective) necks.”

  • May 19, 2012 at 1:45 pm // Reply

    Thank you Mr. Blatty for standing up to your upbringing as a Caholic as well as an alumnus of Georgetown University. I stand behind you and I will tell my friends to read the article in Spirit Daity that directs reader to the the website for http://www.fatherkingsociety.org. You will have my prayers and support and with the help of our Lady, the mother of God, I pray that your lawsuit will be successful. It is time for Catholics to band together and stand up for our Faith.

  • May 19, 2012 at 3:08 pm // Reply

    I am the widow of David J. Levin who was a graduate. David died of AML leukemia in 2004.

    We raised six children, and now I have 14 grandchildren.

    I want to believe Georgetown can be the true Catholic school that David experienced.

    Perhaps true teachings erode as we become too tolerant of other teachings. We must always remain true to the teachings of the Church. Must be sure all teachers/professors are teaching with this in mind.

    Sincerely,

    Elizabeth M. Levin

  • May 19, 2012 at 3:09 pm // Reply

    Thank you, Mr. Blatty. I’m a 51 year old Catholic from New York and have had it with places like Georgetown. I will forward this site and the article from LifeSiteNews to other family and friends throughout the country so they can check out what you’re doing. And, after recently receving a Kindle, I’m going to Amazon right now to purchase your Kindle version of the Exorcist. Read it years ago in paperback and loved it.

    Thank you. You are in my prayers.

  • May 19, 2012 at 5:02 pm // Reply

    As a graduate of the Prep,College & Medical School (1940,1943,1947) There is no doubt but that G’town has lost it’s way ! Thereare no Jesuit Fathers roaming the halls or grounds ! The Catholic traditions appear to have been lost, when we have individuals invited to address students and faculty who are pro abortion and pro forced contraception ! Lets “right the ship” and get the Hilltop back in it’s place as a leader in the hierarchy of Catholic Education !

  • May 19, 2012 at 8:37 pm // Reply

    As a Greek Orthodox class of 1954 and also attended law school. I was saddened to see this great institution becoming secular. I was always proud to call myself a “Hoya”. My sister graduated from the nursing school, my son from the medical school and my brother in law from the foreign services school.

    May the good Lord have mercy on those who have defiled this school and may God shine once again His light on Georgetown.

  • May 19, 2012 at 9:31 pm // Reply

    Here’s a link about faculty and student disrespect to Cardinal Arinze when he spoke at Commencement on May 17, 2003:

    http://www.staycatholic.com/georgetown_faculty_offended_by_cardinal%27s_speech.htm

    • May 21, 2012 at 3:55 pm // Reply

      I read the article and it just further solidifies the fact that Georgetown has a Catholic identity problem. (A professor walked off the stage as the Cardinal was speaking…unbelieveable!) Thank you for posting.

  • May 19, 2012 at 11:45 pm // Reply

    I hope you will add Gonzaga University to this society. Gonzaga is in the other Washington and is often referred to as GU, like Georgetown.

  • May 20, 2012 at 2:47 am // Reply

    Thank you for posting this petition. We must stand strong to defend our Catholic Faith in our universities.

  • May 20, 2012 at 4:19 am // Reply

    As a committed Roman Catholic, I have been closely following the betrayal and treacherous anti-Catholic behaviour emanating from GU, including other Jesuit universities who have similarly acted against our Holy Mother Church..

    In my observations, I have concluded that those in authority at Georgetown University have over time systematically organised that the minds of students be set to accept that abortion, contraception, gay sexual unions (“gay” marriages) and other immoral behaviour and negative attitudes become the accepted “norm” and standard; also to be carried forward into the secular domain.
    While achieving this negative mindset, the university authorities have also neglected their fidelity to the Church as these same students have been conditioned into dividing the Catholic Church Teaching between Liberal and Conservative; making out, ipso facto, that the Church Teaching is no longer credible and that the salt has lost its flavour – to be trampled over by the “new” ideology of a “Jesuit education” which contradicts the Truth of Christ who we acknowledge as the Head of the Church.

    Of course, this conclusion is not solely my opinion. This conclusion, held by many, is rather derived from the past events, especially now, when he university has fronted campaigns and speakers like Kathleen Sebelius as a leading lights to further contradict and oppose the Bishops and Church Teaching.

    It must also be noted that the University influence is not limited to the USA alone. No! This current negative influence acts like a deadly virus badly affecting , infiltrating and contradicting the universal Magisterium throughout the world; badly disturbing and confusing the People of God so that the Gospel message and mandate is obstructed and obscured..

    Finally, I will add that by all appearances the authority at this university “hunts with the wolves and runs with the wolves while wearing sheep’s clothing”. Besides the lack of fidelity to the Magisterium, this university has perceivably become a source of hypocrisy and scandal.

    In this light, firstly, I am most grateful that you are now taking a courageous stance to correct the pathway of Georgetown University. Secondly, I humbly encourage you while morally supporting your canonical action not only to expose this duplicity, but also to succeed in suspending the right of this university to call itself Catholic or alternatively, possibly, to even suspend the governing body so that its board membership be revised and that certain members be replaced with others who are more likely to be attuned and in line with the Church’s mission which is required for an authentic Catholic University to proceed..

  • May 20, 2012 at 8:30 am // Reply

    I have no connection to Georgetown nor the Diocese of Washington; however, I am a devout practicing Catholic and am appalled by the actions of Georgetown University. They have created scandal after scandal for us Catholics. This latest of inviting Kathleen Seballius to speak there when the Church is in the battle for her freedom is outrageous! They need to be stripped of their Catholic title. As they wish to act non-Catholic, then let them be a secular institution without the privilege of being called Catholic.

  • May 20, 2012 at 3:28 pm // Reply

    Remember: Utraque Unum
    As I read the comments here, I became more deeply concerned how Georgetown has slipped so far. Georgetown once held the title the “Jewel in the Crown” of Catholic and Jesuit universities around the world. While it has become more fashionable and popular, it has also drifted far off the course that made it great. Many of my era and today bypassed Ivy League acceptances in favor of Georgetown, specifically because it was Jesuit and Catholic. In recent years, many friends hailing from other Jesuit schools such as Holy Cross, Fordham, Gonzaga, Boston College, and others have related that their colleges still know who they are. Do we? The time has come to find out. Too bad it had to come to this.

    Mr. Blatty’s leadership here is heaven-sent. Alma Mater’s motto, Utraque Unum (literally, “different and one”), is an inspiring phrase from… the Bible. It references how Jesus Christ died to deliver peace and reconciliation to the earth… for all time. Hard as it may seem to be trying, Georgetown will never shake what constitutes its foundation. But I fear some might want Georgetown to become “post Jesus.” May Alma Mater reset its compass and realize the vision of Bishop John Carroll and those who devoted their lives to sustaining it over 200 years. After talking to many, it appears to me that Georgetown is now lost in a veritable desert intellectually, where an intolerant new-age group-think reigns.

    Blatty’s bold step will help us understand why the legacy of the first American Catholic university must be preserved, and never replaced or “revised.” Those who would seek either of the latter, under whatever guise, strategies, or manipulations are misguided at best and deserve to be called out. While I fear that the “transformationists” might crave a formal declaration that they have succeeded by altering (no, that would be destroying) Georgetown’s hard-earned 200 year legacy, I place my faith and support with Mr. Blatty to fight the good fight and ask fellow alums, parents, students, and friends of Georgetown to do the same. Jack DeGioia, please wake up and smell the coffee.

    Keep Georgetown Jesuit and Catholic, open and respectful to those of all faiths and intellectual pursuits, but beholden to no agendas.
    Godspeed, Mr. Blatty. Never Surrender. AMDG.
    Peter Foley, C’77

  • May 20, 2012 at 5:22 pm // Reply

    Mr. Blatty, I owe you a great debt. Your novel The Exorcist was instrumental in my coming to faith, and being received into the Church in 1999.The book made it possible for me to understand the true nature of evil. as well as it’s source. It was also an invaluable help and support in my eighteen years of work as a prison psychologist.

    As Cathoilcs we are called to witness to the truth, and recognize evil for what it is. In addition, our ordained ministers have the grave responsibility of supporting the Magisterium’s moral authority concerning contemporary social issues. When our ministers fail in this responsibility, they become a disgrace to their priesthood by ceasing to serve as beacons of light in this world of increasing darkness.

    Inviting Ms. Sibelius to speak at commencement was an intentional affront to the moral authority of Church teaching, and served no good purpose. It was arrogant and mean spirited, and demands a response. Your petition is a good start.

    I never had the experience of being educated by the Jesuits, though I was informed they are wonderful teachers. However, a friend of mine, a practicing Catholic, attended Jesuit high school.and informed me that many Jesuits suffer from the sin of intellectual pride. When I asked him how he knew this, he responded: “If they tell you they’re a member of the Society of Jesus, see if the emphasis is on “Society” or “Jesus.”

  • May 21, 2012 at 1:19 am // Reply

    Thank you for doing this. Be assured of my prayers and support for you and the conversion of this catholic institution.

  • May 21, 2012 at 1:08 pm // Reply

    Thank God for Loyola of Chicago. That name has gotten me many jobs since 1958. Thanks to this man filing a petition for all of us. Thank You!

  • May 21, 2012 at 1:21 pm // Reply

    As a 1955 graduate of Regis College (now Regis University) in Denver, I am profoundly saddened by the changes in Jesuit education prevalent in today’s society. In those earlier days, a Jesuit education was second to none both in scholarship and in full authentic Catholicity. Sadly, that is no longer true.

    My hope and prayer is that real Catholicity will be restored. Signing and adhering to Ex Corde Ecclesiae would certainly be a first and necessary step.

    Sincerely,

    Norbert Hermes

    nehermes@gmail.com

  • May 21, 2012 at 2:45 pm // Reply

    Thank you for defending Catholic higher education against those who seek to minimize its true mission. I am a graduate of a Jesuit high school and a Jesuit university. And I have been working at the latter for over 15 years. It seems I’m always debating professors who think Jesuit and Catholic are different things. Many even joke about it.

  • May 21, 2012 at 5:21 pm // Reply

    As with many here, my perspective is of course that it would be superior to maintain the Catholic status as opposed to formally becoming secular – there’s much good to having daily Mass, the Blessed Sacrament and general underlying Christian principles present at one of the finest institutions of higher learning in the world. The simple desire then, is to have the university comprehend the gravity of their recent decision and to openly discuss what appears to be a possibly tenuous trajectory forward. As a new father, I desire to ensure the distinction and richness of Alma Mater is preserved for generations to come. Hoya Saxa!

  • May 21, 2012 at 5:37 pm // Reply

    As a theology major at Georgetown (COL ‘ 99), I receive the newsletters and updates from the theology department. I recently contacted them stating my sorrow in how far they seem to have moved from the center of Catholicism. When I was at Georgetown, it was challenging, but now it has moved ever farther. They wrote back assuring me that they are still grounded in Catholicism, but I still have a hard time encouraging my high school students (I am currently a Catholic youth minister) to attend if they want a truly Catholic education. I applaud Georgetown’s focus on social justice, but a living faith is so much more than just that!
    Thank you for leading this challenge. We will be praying for you!!!

  • May 21, 2012 at 10:56 pm // Reply

    Excellent initiative ! I encourage you to make it extensive to all universities and schools that call themselves Catholic, but do not live and teach like they are.

  • May 22, 2012 at 10:11 am // Reply

    I began my time at GU in 1971 rebelling against religion, and not even self-identifying as Catholic despite a very Catholic upbringing. Then I took the required courses in theology and philosophy, and learned equally as much about my faith from Jesuits who taught other disciplines, as well as lay professors such as Mike Foley who helped me truly understand.

    The spiritual reawakening that began at Georgetown is the foundation of my faith today, and I am saddened that this wonderful university has drifted away from instilling in its students the Catholic morals and values that will inspire their leadership in the future.

    Like others who have commented, I want GU to get back to being Catholic, and I sign this petition reluctantly. This year’s twin embarrassments of Sandra Fluke and Kathleen Sibelius must not continue.

    Georgetown can be a powerful force for good in this world when it rights its course. I pray for the intercession of Saint Michael the Archangel in making it so.

    Thank you, Mr. Blatty, for caring so much about Georgetown and Catholicism.

  • May 22, 2012 at 2:28 pm // Reply

    Jesus said, “You are Peter and upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” – Mt. 16:18
    God bless the hands, the minds, and the souls of those who offer up their time, talent and treasure and have taken up the battle to defend His church. You are in my prayers. Lift high the cross…onward Christian soldier!

  • May 23, 2012 at 2:15 pm // Reply

    I think you should get the Cardinal Newman Society to campaign with you, I think you would reach a larger audience and get more people onboard…not that canon law favors numbers/democracy…but unfortunately I tend to think some bishops often do…

  • May 23, 2012 at 2:29 pm // Reply

    Let us pray that this petition helps the university administration to wake up to their obligation to the Truth.

    Veni Sancte Spiritu.

    Mike D’Emic, SLL 1972

  • May 23, 2012 at 4:29 pm // Reply

    Kudos to you for taking up this cause!

    My brother & nephew attended Georgetown as well as many members of my sister-in-law’s family. We were very proud of their acceptance into this university. Now I am beginning to wonder if their efforts to graduate & continue to be practicing Catholics is something that current & future students are being denied.

    It also makes me think twice about the annual collection for Catholic universities.

  • May 24, 2012 at 6:45 pm // Reply

    Thank you Mr. Blatty. I think we are witnessing a renewal of faith that will be bigger than we imagine. Many things must change. Among them removing the “theories” of Raymond E. Brown; address the Land o’ Lakes Cathoplic Universities agreement; bringing traditional Catholic theology back to all our schools, bible study classes and renew the face of the earth.

  • May 24, 2012 at 7:29 pm // Reply

    My wife and I are the parents of three boys, one of whom is a Georgetown graduate. Had my wife and I realized that while we were sacrificing certain items in our lives in order to pay college tuitions for three young men (the most expensive by far being the G’town tuition) and that for all four years of our son’s successful career, both academically and athletically at Georgetown, the University was engaging in the stunning anti-Catholic subterfuge and betrayal that we NOW know existed, we would have pulled our son out of the university faster than you can spell “socialism”.

  • May 25, 2012 at 9:23 pm // Reply

    Keep the faith (in Georgetown). Thank you for defending the Catholic faith.

  • May 25, 2012 at 10:07 pm // Reply

    While not a Catholic, I am a graduate of the SFS-’76. I support your work, and will withhold my gift to GU this year. Phil Holum/Minnesota

  • May 25, 2012 at 10:08 pm // Reply

    I attended Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California- Class of 1986- what used to be a fine Catholic institution I think has become secularized over time. When they invited the Mayor of LA, Antonio Villagraigosa a confirmed Pro-Abortion, Pro-gay marriage ultra- Liberal so-called “Catholic” to speak at their commencement ceremonies a few years back, that was the last straw for me! I am sick & tired of Catholic universities who no longer support the Catholic faith or the tenets of the faith. Saint Ignatius must surely be weeping in Heaven to see what has become of so many Jesuit schools. It is time for Rome to to demand they pull “Catholic” out of their name and let those schools become the liberal, faithless bastions they have grown to be.

  • May 25, 2012 at 11:08 pm // Reply

    http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/archive/Jesus-Missing-From-Obamas-Georgetown-Speech.html

    Refer to this article about what the White House and the Obama admin had the gall to ask GU do….AND THEY DID IT. I am appalled that a Catholic university would dare cover up the name of Christ in the interest of a camera position. That the White House had the gall to make the request does not surprise me but that Georgetown lacked the courage to say no is even worse. I think this course of action may be what is needed to wake up GU. Make them realize that duty to God comes before duty to Country.

  • May 25, 2012 at 11:38 pm // Reply

    I graduated from St. Mary’s College (now St. Mary’s University of Minnesota) in the 70s. I thank St. Mary’s for keeping my Catholic faith alive. I hope they are still doing that. Thank you also, Mr. Blatty, for both taking a stand, and for taking action. Our society has moved radically away from its Judeo-Christian foundations, and now many of our Catholic institutions of higher learning are following suit. It’s time for our Catholic educational institutions to either affirm their Catholic identities or stop saying they are Catholic. Thank you once again.

  • May 26, 2012 at 12:42 am // Reply

    As a 1965 graduate of the School of Foreign Service, I followed news of the University for more than two decades. My oldest son entered the SFS in 1985, and I even attended my 20th reunion that year. Shortly thereafter, i learned about “Hoyas for Choice”, and after discussions with a number of my classmates and other alumni and alumnae, decided that my donations could be put to better use with organizations such as Human life International and National Right to Life, among others. In the early 90′s, i received a number of fundraising requests on behalf of our fellow alumnus, William Jefferson Clinton, and when i complained to the Office of Alumni Affairs, i was basically told to grow up — his election would benefit the University and greatly enhance Georgetown’s reputation as a world class University. We still see the results of that today, particularly with respect to the supreme court. And now we have the product of the Chicago machine as our President and the University hid all indicia of our faith when he came to speak three years ago, as if we should be embarrassed to have attended a Catholic University. I no longer contribute to the University, but if i can help in this effort to reverse the secular slide, please let me know .

  • May 26, 2012 at 8:28 am // Reply

    When will it end?

    I am sick of these periodic insults to the body of Christ by Georgetown’s chronic immorality on the issue of its demonstrated less than Catholic identity. Yet the more we complain, the more they insult us by hiding behind lies, like “we didn’t invite Sebelius, the students did”. “We didn’t hide the Catholic “IHS” symbol during his speech there in ’09, President Obama’s handlers did”.

    Inviting this woman to speak is degenerate and perverse. She represents the evil of abortion, the pride of folly, and the arrogance and deceit of the entire Obama regime all wrapped up in one. What purpose did it serve to listen to her? Her twisted disordered reasoning is itself something to loathe and avoid, not partake, especially since accommodating her implies acceptance, and imparts in the minds of the student body that logic and reason, and high standards of academic excellence requires submersion into sewage to be fully valid.

    By that I mean, we know what she represents, we know how destructive her dissident anti-Catholic theology is, we know that her boss, the President lied to the Catholic Church just to get it to go along with his scheme, then went back on his word, etc., therefore there is nothing of value that can come from actually listening to her lies. In fact ignoring and shaming her, AND the “Catholic” leadership of Georgetown, would have been preferable to offering legitimacy in this way. But the geniuses at Georgetown reason, “if it is all in the spirit of “dialogue”, it is OK”. no, it is not “OK”.

    We are past the point of playing the usual dissident, anti-Catholic, and Catholic self-loathing games by engaging in their tactics of sitting there listing to their “dialoguing” lectures, because by now it should be clear that all this talk and all the concessions made has gotten the Church further and further from authentic Catholicism as its clearly the case with the custodians of the faith at Georgetown.

    When the President of the United States had the gall to stand at Georgetown’s podium knowing the “IHS” Catholic artwork behind him was deliberately hidden, and that this was allowed by the university, we knew two things. First, President Obama holds Christianity one notch beneath his true religion, himself, and two, that the President of Georgetown should have been deeply ashamed of himself for allowing this. He could have refused and took a principled stand for Christ, for the prestige of the rich and proud history of the Jesuits. But nope, not even Catholic symbology was sacred to both parties.

    I hope that either the administration of Georgetown corrects this glaring contradiction, or if not, that they cease and desist in falsely advertising and cynically identifying themselves as a current Catholic institution in spiritual solidarity with Rome. If they do not, the Holy Father should strip them of their right to call themselves “Catholic”.

  • May 26, 2012 at 12:50 pm // Reply

    I am a Southern Baptist seminary student, and, therefore, am not able to sign your petition. However, as a member of the universal Church at large, I feel it is my duty to stand in unity with the Catholic Church on this issue. What are possible ways that Christians from other denominations can help?

  • May 26, 2012 at 1:14 pm // Reply

    Mr. Blatty,

    Thank you for defending the most fundamental beginning point of Christian life, the family unit. I am a graduate of Xavier University, Cincinnati, 1971. I am retired now and have been reading a lot of history, sprucing up on the past 2,000 years of history. I finally realize how HUGE the achievement was of the early Christians – by establishing the one man one woman marriage unit, and procreative sex within that unit, they effectively abolished the worst aspect of pagan sexual practices on children, teenagers, and adults. Catholicism teaches us that each individual in the family unit is made in God’s image, entitled to dignity. In parts of the world with authoritarian governments or authoritarian religious sects, women are subject to the whims of the state (China’s one-child rule), and in many countries women and children are considered chattel of the husband. Women and their daughters can be aribitrarily divorced off, married off to settle a debt, really, what are the limits of a husband’s power over his wife and daughters?

    Unfortunately we are fast backtracking to the practices of pagan times and our Christian achievements of protecting men, women and children are being tossed aside like a worthless chewing gum wrapper.. It makes me heartsick to see a faux Catholic like Katherine Sibelius steering the powerful HHS behemoth down this road.

    When I was younger I shrunk from the notion of Satan, thinking maybe Jesus’ statements exaggerated on this to teach us a lesson: .”Begone Satan . . ” I believe the reality of Satan, pure evil, is much much worse than I could imagine.

  • May 26, 2012 at 2:53 pm // Reply

    Dear Peter,
    Just wanted to thank you on behalf of so many practicing catholics who share you’re disappointment in what Georgetown University has become in not standing up for our beliefs and teachings.
    May Christ and the Holy Spirit lead you in successfully turning things around at such a “historicially” great Catholic institution!
    God Blessing to you’re great mission.
    John

  • May 26, 2012 at 7:48 pm // Reply

    I am not Catholic, but same as you I believe in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and I wanted to let you know that I admire you and I pray that you will be heard throughout this nation. Please continue your journey for a spiriual renewal at Georgetown. Our young people NEED YOU!!!

    Thank you, Love in Christ

  • May 26, 2012 at 11:07 pm // Reply

    Not to make lite of a serious situation.
    I actually thought the name, Sebelius, was another name for Satan, espically after seeing Mr Blatty’s name in the articles headline.
    There is but one set of laws, the Commandments. The Commandments trump every man made law that has been rammed down our throats.
    Keep this in mind when our leaders ignore our founding fathers guidance in the form of our Constitution.
    Please pray our awakening continues, I applaude Mr Blatty’s courage and devotion to Georgetown..
    Lastly, pray for our Service Members both living and deceased this Memorial Day 2012.
    Wm Burns
    CPT, (Ret)
    US Army

  • May 26, 2012 at 11:29 pm // Reply

    I’d like for everyone to get the word out – give this URL to every individual, blog, etc that you can think of. Great work folks!

  • May 27, 2012 at 1:18 am // Reply

    My husband and myself lived near Georgetown and often attended mass there during the 80′s while my husband was serving in Washington. I loved it, developing a special attachment to Georgtown. I’m was so sorry to see Sebelius as a guest speaker. I thought the Jesuits would put up a better fight and fend her off. Although I noticed over the years the Jesuits have become a little shaky, always wanting to be out front in the conversation. Congratulations to Mr. Blatty for showing the Jesuits how to be strong. All my brothers were taught by the Jesuits and for that I am grateful and
    proud.

  • May 27, 2012 at 3:37 am // Reply

    Thank you so much for taking a stand. This administration is no friend of the church.

  • May 27, 2012 at 9:27 am // Reply

    Last year marked my 50th class reunion at Georgetown. It is customary for the 50th reunion class to make a sizeable donation . I did not participate. I have a half dozen relatives that are Georgetown grads; some have been generous donors. So under normal circumstances, I’d be sending a check on a regular basis. However these are far from “normal circumstances” at the hilltop.

    There are two primary areas of concern contributing to my reluctance to give.

    First, is University President John DeGioia’s astonishing acceptance of a multi- million dollar gift from Prince Alwaleed, a member of the Saudi royal family. This regime oppresses women and prohibits the practice of Christianity or Judaism, while turning a blind eye to millions of dollars sent from Saudi Arabia to fund schools around the globe that promote hatred of America. Saudi donors are the chief financiers of Al Qaeda. Any Saudi who tries to institute democratic reforms is subject to arrest, torture and public beheading. Saudi textbooks call for the annihilation of the Jewish people. Saudi Arabia’s top Muslim leader, closely aligned with the royal family, issued a religious decree calling for all Christian churches on the Arabian peninsula to be demolished,

    Then New York Mayor Rudi Giuliani refused to accept Prince Alwaleed’s $10 million donation after he blamed U.S. policy in the Middle East for the 9/11 assaults. GU’s benefactor believes the 9/11 attacks were our fault! Prince Alwaleed recently launched a new media venture promoting the radical Wahhabi version of Islam. He described this news outlet as being to the “right of Al-Jazeera”. His brother (Prince Khaled) pledged $900,000 to any Palestinian who kidnaps an Israeli soldier. All alumni should be concerned Georgetown has become a propaganda platform – putting a happy face on radical Islamism.
    I learned at Georgetown that free countries manifest some non-negotiable values: the right of peaceful assembly, freedom of speech and the press, and religious liberty for all faiths. Saudi Arabia comes up woefully short in all these areas. In the UN Saudi Arabia votes against the United States over 70% of the time.

    Second. President DeGioia’s stunning “LGBTQ” initiative is another departure from “normal circumstances”. I trust he is aware the Catholic Church holds that homosexuality is not a normal condition. In an official proclamation to all Catholics, approved by Pope John Paul II , then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger clearly described homosexual acts as “intrinsically disordered” and “immoral”, and support should be withdrawn from organizations that undermine Church teaching (Letter to Bishops of the Catholic Church ). Mr. DeGioia succumbed to a few homosexual activists and invested hard earned university resources to officially sanction and create a Center for so called Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Queer Georgetown students. DeGioia’s action is not only a bold and highly public rejection of Catholic moral teaching but positions the University as a promoter of a lifestyle that can be medically dangerous.

    For the last reported year (2010), The U.S. Centers for Disease Control report over 29,000 new HIV infections among homosexual males. Further, gay men were at least 46 times more likely than other men, and at least 71 times more likely than women, to contract syphilis (U.S. Centers for Disease Control). If Catholic moral teachings no longer hold sway at Georgetown then medical evidence should dissuade President DeGioia from funding a homosexual haven on our campus. Research published by Oxford University found that “life expectancy at age 20 years for gay and bisexual men is 8 to 20 years less than for all men.” (International Journal of Epidemiology)

    We’ve seen several examples of how embracing this agenda compromises Georgetown . One is Melissa Bradley. She serves on the Board of Governors of the Alumni Association; whose qualifications require them to be dedicated to the principles of the university. Ms. Bradley is an open and “proud” lesbian and CEO of the Tides Foundation, that donates millions to support what Pope John Paul II called the “culture of death.” She also serves on the board of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, which poured over $2 million into the election of candidates fighting for abortion and same-sex marriage. Another is the John Carroll Weekend. Dedicated to “celebrating the best of Georgetown”, this year’s Weekend features a tour of Chicago’s “thriving and vibrant LGBTQ culture”. What the Church calls immoral and Scripture an abomination, Georgetown celebrates. Our founder, Bishop Carroll, would be appalled .

    When I attended Georgetown, the Jesuits taught that the search for truth was paramount. DeGioia’s “LGBTQ” initiative implies people are born homosexual, cannot change, and that it’s perfectly healthy and normal to engage in same-sex sexual activity. Two major problems: first, it’s not true – there is no strong evidence one is “born” a homosexual. You can change your sexual preferences. I have several acquaintances who left the homosexual lifestyle. Second, it’s not healthy to engage in same-sex sexual activities. There are good reasons the FDA bans blood donations from homosexual men.

    Why would Georgetown’s president take funds from a member of an anti-Christian/anti-Semite/anti- women regime that winks at funding Al Qaeda and flagrantly ignore Catholic teaching, and common sense, while placing the health of Georgetown students at risk?

    Give money to Georgetown? After my alma mater is led in a manner that reflects its Catholic and Jesuit heritage, I’ll consider restarting my donations.

    (Harvey was a successful CEO and is now teaching at the university level. His father, sister, uncle, cousin and brother in law earned Georgetown degrees. Three of his children were accepted by Georgetown but elected to study elsewhere. In April of 2011 Harvey conveyed these concerns to the President of the University. He awaits a reply.)

  • May 27, 2012 at 3:25 pm // Reply

    Thank you for doing this: standing up for the legacy of the Jesuits (and therefore the Roman Catholic Church).

    Having graduated from a “Catholic” High School in the late 70s (where we students used to argue in favor of Catholic teaching against the views of the nuns), this action does my heart so much good.

    Finally, after so many years, the chickens are coming home to roost with these people. I envision great things for my young child – a truly Catholic Church in the United States once again.

    Bravo and all humble prayers in this direction.

    mjg

  • May 27, 2012 at 11:28 pm // Reply

    This current administration and Congress has been picking away at religious freedom. Our Founding Fathers were worried about the creation of a national religion. Instead we are heading towards an atheistic “belief” system.

  • May 28, 2012 at 12:11 am // Reply

    As an alum, I was agast when Georgetown, allowing President Obama to speak, covered the crucifix. Georgetown should have said, “we are a Catholic university, and if you do not respect our religious status, you may not speak here”. Covering the crucifix speaks volumes about the place of religion at the institution in 2012.

  • May 29, 2012 at 5:03 am // Reply

    It seems that the president of Georgetown is beyond redemption and must be removed from his position, along with those who work closely with him. There needs to be a changing of the guard right away. I believe that once that happens, Georgetown will again find its way, with major opposition from self-entitled Catholics In Name Only-like Ms. Sebelius and Mr. Biden.

  • May 29, 2012 at 9:51 pm // Reply

    Thank You for your attention to this. The situation you are addressing is one that is a horrible scandal, but also one that I didn’t have a clue anyone could do anything about.

    God Bless you and your efforts

  • May 31, 2012 at 10:06 am // Reply

    I am just a Catholic, who wants catholic values back. Please keep fighting for them..

    God Bless

  • May 31, 2012 at 11:17 am // Reply

    As a Notre Dame Alumni, I was very disappointed when the University awarded President Obama an honorary degree and had him speak at graduation. I so indicated in a letter and joined my voice with many other alumni. Contributions dropped the following year and I think the university got the message. Georgetown has been a borderline Catholic university for several years now and must either change or give up the title Catholic University.

  • May 31, 2012 at 11:55 am // Reply

    I am ashamed at the leaders of these Catholic Universities. They have fallen for the “carrot and the club” of federal government subsities. Follow the money and see why Notre Dame and Georgetown are selling out our catholicity and following the drumbeat of liberal statists and idealogs. The pricetag for their noncompliance to the Roman Catholic Church is the loss of respect from one of the 71,000.000 Catholics in the U.S. I continue to pray for these leaders. Gods blessing, C. Rutan Grosse Pte. MI

  • May 31, 2012 at 7:14 pm // Reply

    Thank you for your efforts on our behalf. Does it not speak volumes that the same Dean of Students who approved funding of a pro abortion student group was subsequently chosen by the Board of Trustees to be the first non-Jesuit president of what has become,in truth, our non-Catholic university?

  • June 2, 2012 at 9:49 pm // Reply

    Your comment… Thank you Mr. Blatty. I attended the L.A. City College, 1957-60, and was a member of the Newman Club with Fr. James O’Callaghan as director. Wonderful man and priest.

    How would one approach the bishop of Boise, ID, a little more Catholic than Hugh Hefner is a virgin. I wrote to him asking why the priests in Idaho do not preach against abortion, homo sins, contraception. A sarcastic reply did I receive.

    Aught I write an open letter in the Idaho Statesman?

    Phil Ferguson, O.P./Lay
    Boise, ID

    • manny
      June 11, 2012 at 3:05 pm // Reply

      Good luck. Yes you should do all you can to make your concern heard.

      Father King Society

  • June 14, 2012 at 8:50 pm // Reply

    Sadly it had to happen. I attended Catholic schools all my life; eight years with the Jesuits. Georgetown today is no longer neither a Catholic nor a Jesuit school. Unless things change I do believe it is time for the University and the Church to go its separate way.
    Thank you for your effort,

  • June 15, 2012 at 9:00 pm // Reply

    My father and his brother, my uncle/godfather were Georgetown graduates in the ’40s. They were so proud of their Catholic, Jesuit education that it was my first choice when I finished high school in ’64. I still have my letter of acceptance! Today I am relieved that cost prohibited my enrollment. I would be ashamed to tell anyone that Georgetown was my alma mater.

    THANK YOU! St Ignatius of Loyola Ora Pro Nobis.

  • June 16, 2012 at 1:17 am // Reply

    It is appalling to Catholics, and maybe even non-Catholics, for Georgetown University, a so-called pillar of Catholicism, to not adhere to Catholic principles.
    The world is watching us on how we handle ourselves. Catholics have been respected for always adhering to Catholic principles no matter what popular
    culture dictates. To welcome popular “Catholics”, such as Kathleen Sebelius, who don’t adhere to our belief system is to make ourselves a mockery.
    It would be better to strip Georgetown of its Catholic affiliation than for it to continue under the false pretense of being a Catholic institution. I am ashamed of being labeled as a Catholic in the same breath as Georgetown is.

  • June 17, 2012 at 8:12 pm // Reply

    As a ’78 LMU Alumnus, father of a Notre Dame student, and frustrated lover of our Roman Catholic Church, I want to wholeheartedly thank you for making the effort to clarify to our children and grandchildren what it means to be authentic follower of the only Savior of the world. They will thank you for making it clear that to love God is to “keep His commandments” which includes submission to the “loosening and binding” authority granted to our current successors to His Apostles. Obedience is foundational to the faith and you are leading the charge to make this clear… “With ” fear and trembling” I hope to rejoice with you in the world to come!

  • June 25, 2012 at 3:16 pm // Reply

    I graduated from Georgetown( C61 ) and at that time I was at odds with many of the leaders of the College and now the leadership has completely lost its way. This downward spiral of a fine University must be halted. I support your intentions and actions!

  • July 14, 2012 at 4:12 pm // Reply

    As a Roman Catholic I cannot ever see myself donating to any Jesuit group, no matter what they profess it is for. I can never believe in their sincerity or fidelity to our Church. I believe it is now up to the Jesuit Order to correct this scandal they have allowed to disgrace our LORD and His Church.

  • July 15, 2012 at 7:56 am // Reply

    I love GOD and HIS Church and it absolutely sickens me that these so-called “Catholic” universities and Jesuit “priests” have been thumbing their collective noses and showing the laity how they arrogantly disobey the Vatican mandates. As far as this laity is concerned, they should be stripped off their “Catholic” title NOW. I certainly do NOT believe they should be given any more chances to flaunt their arrogance in disobeying God’s laws and Commandments. I think it is time for the Vatican to start excommunication process of these renegade “Catholics”. They have been given a lot of chances and now is the time to let them go. Their usefulness is over and good riddance!

  • May 31, 2013 at 2:38 pm // Reply

    Georgetown University has gone from a bright Catholic light in the most politically powerful city in the world to a morally decrepit campus where anything goes. When I was attending Holy Trinity elementary school in the late 60s as two of my sisters were attending Georgetown, I felt pride for the connection to a world renown Catholic university.

    But as time went on, things changed. Leftist ideologues took up positions in the governance of the school and they replaced Catholic theology with moral relativism which contradicts the person of Jesus Christ.

    I have wondered for a long time how in the world this now secularized college could get away with calling itself Catholic. The scandal of using the Catholic name to promote evil is the worst sin of all.

    Think about all the non-Catholics in the world who listen to the heretical rot coming out of this institution–woe to those who lead little ones astray.

    The pope should strip Georgetown of its ability to use the word Catholic in describing itself.

  • June 3, 2013 at 11:14 pm // Reply

    I am a Catholic undergraduate student studying at Baylor University, a Baptist University. This idea of holding Georgetown University up to its own Catholic origins is an idea that we have had to struggle with here at Baylor as well in regards to Baptist teachings and school policy. The root question is: What constitutes a Christian University? It takes more than citing a history of how an institution was founded it necessitates action and a constant discernment of decision-making to assure that one continues to align the goals of the institution with those Christian, and in this case, specifically Catholic, teachings. It would be interesting to me to see what the religious affiliations are of the school’s Board of Regents. At Baylor there is a large of Baptists present on the board that keep the school moving in the direction that its founders originally intended. I want to know where the leadership in GU stands and maybe that’s where the change needs to begin.

  • June 3, 2013 at 11:16 pm // Reply

    Where’s GU’s leadership in all this?? GU needs leaders who are willing to stand up and make changes from places of power in GU’s administrative positions: President, Board of Regents?

  • June 6, 2013 at 9:36 pm // Reply

    Thankyou Mr Blatty,
    Even though our hearts are breaking we stand assured that the gates of hell will never prevail……..

    Gloria Schotten.

  • June 7, 2013 at 3:45 pm // Reply

    This is about honesty. If a University is Catholic it ought not to be masquerading as a paragon of secularism.

    If you are seeking to be Catholic, you don’t cover a Catholic symbol at the behest of the most pro abortion president in American history, not, that is, if you have a teaspoon of integrity.

    You wouldn’t harbor a “Hoyas for Choice” club, unless, I suppose, you were daft enough to countenance a vegans for meat club.

    This is long overdue.

    “‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot.” Georgetown is increasing “cool.” Recognize that fact and bid it adieu.

    I am saddened by this development, but surely we must have truth in advertising.

    Who knows, “once or formerly Catholic” may have commercial value as an advertising slogan.

  • June 10, 2013 at 11:19 pm // Reply

    I have been outraged, pained, embarrassed and scandalized at the liberal stance Georgetown University has adopted in the name of what ~ “intellectual pursuit”? I first became aware of their stance when our president requested that Catholic symbols be covered since he was giving a speech there! And Georgetown complied! Then, to have “honored” K. Sibelius, as well as Ms Fluke ~ both great embarrassments and women of no faith! Insult upon disgrace! This “university” is NOT representative of a Catholic educational institution whatsoever. Thank you to Mr Peter Blatty for bringing this petition to The World Over on EWTN tonight. I am hopeful this university will make a complete turnaround in its principles and return to our faith or be stripped of its “association” with the name Catholic. I am happy to donate to this cause.

  • June 11, 2013 at 1:10 am // Reply

        In my day, Georgetown and Notre Dame were the creme de la creme of catholic collegiate universities in the country. What has happened to them is an abomination of everything good and holy and an insult to their alumni and alumnae since they have become nothing more than a political correct ,secularly progressive bastion of anti-catholic teachings.
        I had the distinct privilege of listening to William Peter Blatty,author of the best seller, The Exorcist and a 1950 graduate of Georgetown speak on EWTN about the following petition citing example after example of the hypocrisy,heresy and blasphemy at GU.
       As a student in a Jesuit college, St Joseph’s and a relative of a Jesuit priest, along with spending many a retreat at the Jesuit Novitiate in Wernersville, PA, I have a a deep reverence for the Jesuit tradition and ideals .
    We pray that the “Popes’ Marines” (Jesuits),especially in their schools of higher learning will undergo a transformation of spirit under the direction of Pope Francis, a devout Jesuit. The timing seems right for a spiritual conversion and we, hereby, pray for His Divine Providence that young college christian adults will be edified.
      God bless all,

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