Blithe Spirit

It’s in a canon law petition filed in the Archdiocese of Washington by author William Peter Blatty, of Exorcist fame, and “alumni, students, parents and faculty, seeking a remedy to Georgetowns weak Catholic identity,” in which a Georgetown graduate recalled:

“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. . . . I sometimes felt betrayed by a campus culture which discouraged faithfulness, even while banners everywhere touted the ideal of faith in action.”

“Underpinned by tacit and even explicit University endorsement.” That hurts.

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