The author who turned Georgetown University into a horror scene in “The Exorcist” plans to sue the school in church court, charging that his alma mater has strayed so far from church doctrine that it should no longer call itself Catholic.
William Peter Blatty, who graduated from Georgetown in 1950, says the “last straw” was the university’s speaking invitation to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
Sebelius, who addressed graduating public policy students on Friday (May 18), has been criticized by conservative Catholics for approving a mandate that requires many religious institutions to cover employees’ birth control costs. The Archdiocese of Washington called the Sebelius invitation “shocking.”
Marking the 150th anniversary of the composition of taps, about 200 buglers and trumpeters gathered at Arlington National Cemetery to play the “lights out” bugle call. In a touching moment, they fanned out so that the haunting notes came from all quarters of the vast cemetery.
There is nothing so haunting as those 24 notes–Taps.
Taps now turns 150.
It will speak for itself.