This week, it was revealed that William Blatty -- author of the best-selling book and award-winning screenplay "The Exorcist" -- is filing a canon lawsuit against Georgetown University for its failure to live up to the demands of the school's Catholic identity.
Blatty -- who graduated from Georgetown in 1950 -- believes there is a need for disciplinary action to be taken against the university.
He is also urging Georgetown alumni and others to withhold any donations they may have planned to make to the university for at least one year.
We agree with Blatty's disciplinary goals, as Georgetown -- the oldest Catholic university in the United States -- has clearly crossed the line by "thumbing its nose" at Catholic Christian doctrine.
The fact is that Georgetown must abide by the teachings of the Catholic Church or it must be disassociated with the Catholic Church. It cannot have it both ways.
Blatty's canon lawsuit against Georgetown is one with ample ramifications, as he and many members of the Georgetown community will share their grievances against the university with Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C. and Pope Benedict XVI.
Georgetown's decision to allow Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius -- a pro-abortion advocate for the Obama Administration -- to address its students on May 18 at a weekend commencement gathering conveys the scatological path that the university appears to enjoy taking.
Despite the Cardinal Newman Society's call to cancel the "outrageous" Sebelius invitation and an online petition with more than 26,000 signatures to Georgetown President John DeGioia asking him "to stop this scandal and insult," DeGioia failed to agree with this request.
This being the case, it appears that -- in addition to filing a canon lawsuit and refusing to donate any money to Georgetown for at least one year -- it would also behoove the Georgetown community to call on its board of trustees to replace DeGioia with a president who will lead the university on a much more spiritual Catholic Christian path.