Thursday, May 17, 2012

Canon Lawsuit against Georgetown: The Laity Step Up to the Plate

This is an interesting strategy by a number of lay faithful that could lead the bishops into taking a more direct action to sanction Georgetown over their recent betrayals. Penalties?  They are “up to and including the possible removal or suspension of top-ranked Georgetown’s right to call itself Catholic or Jesuit in its fundraising and representations to applicants.” 

If this works, wow!  It would take a miracle of grace and nothing less.  Therefore, I hope it works. If it does, we might see canon lawyers bringing similar cases against other schools that continue to obstinately refuse the norms of Ex Corde Ecclesiae. And really, souls are at stake here; the fight is worth it.  If the president of Georgetown will not fight for the souls of his students, perhaps William Peter Blatty will.

The following news is shared from the Cardinal Newman Society blog:

‘Exorcist’ Author, Georgetown Alumni Preparing Canon Lawsuit

Georgetown University alumni, students and others are preparing a canon law suit to be filed with the Archdiocese of Washington and the Vatican, seeking remedies “up to and including the possible removal or suspension of top-ranked Georgetown’s right to call itself Catholic or Jesuit in its fundraising and representations to applicants.”
The effort is being led by the distinguished Georgetown alumnus William Peter Blatty, who won an Academy Award for his screenplay and book The Exorcist and has been honored by Georgetown with its John Carroll Medal for alumni achievement.
Blatty is urging Georgetown alumni, students, parents, faculty and anyone associated with Georgetown to join the lawsuit at www.gupetition.org.  The website includes an inspiring letter by Blatty and a description of Georgetown’s historical ties to the Jesuits, the Washington Archdiocese and the Vatican.
Blatty has asked The Cardinal Newman Society to advise the effort, share documentation on Georgetown scandals, and provide administrative support. CNS President Patrick J. Reilly told Georgetown’s campus newspaper The Hoya:
For 19 years, The Cardinal Newman Society has documented numerous concerns at Georgetown that significantly compromise the university’s Catholic identity. We’re thrilled that the distinguished alumnus William Peter Blatty has invited us to assist him and others in their efforts to defend Georgetown’s Catholic mission from those who would undermine or abandon it.  Such intervention is necessary only because Georgetown’s leadership has repeatedly demonstrated its unwillingness to uphold Georgetown’s obligations under the U.S. bishops’ guidelines, Ex corde Ecclesiae and Canon Law.
The announcement of the law suit comes on the same day Georgetown is undermining the Catholic bishops and all Catholics by honoring “pro-choice” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, architect of the HHS contraceptive mandate, as a commencement-day speaker.
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