Vatican responds to Georgetown petition by ‘Exorcist’ author William Peter Blatty

The author of the thriller “The Exorcist” says he has new hope he has put the fear of God in Georgetown University.

William Peter Blatty, a Georgetown graduate, submitted to the Vatican last fall a petition with some 2,000 signatures calling for the school to be stripped of the labels Catholic and Jesuit. The petition said neither the faculty nor the student body were sufficiently Catholic, and Blatty complained that the school had invited to speak then-Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, a supporter of abortion rights.

The Vatican’s response has apparently given Blatty hope.