The Catholic News Agency website reports today (May 20, 2012) that the author of the best-selling book and award-winning screenplay "The Exorcist" has announced that he is leading an effort to file a canon lawsuit against Georgetown University -- the oldest Catholic university in the United States -- for failures to live up to the demands of the school's Catholic identity.
William P. Blatty -- who graduated from Georgetown in 1950 -- said that he believes there is need for disciplinary action against the university.
Blatty -- who has been honored by Georgetown with the John Carroll Medal for Alumni Achievement -- will lead other alumni, students, and members of the university community in the newly-formed Father King Society to Make Georgetown Honest, Catholic, and Better.
Blatty encourages members of the Georgetown community to join the canon lawsuit and share their grievances against the university with Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C. and Pope Benedict XVI. He is also asking them to withhold their donations to Georgetown University for at least one year.