The Washington Post has a profile on William Peter Blatty, forty years after his bestselling novel "The Exorcist" was turned into a blockbuster movie. The profile also comes one year after Blatty petitioned the Vatican to have the Catholic and Jesuit designation of his alma mater, Georgetown University, removed:
“If you truly love someone that you think needs to be in rehab, you’ll do everything you possibly can to get them into rehab,” Blatty says. The last straw, he says, was Georgetown’s invitation of Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services,to be a commencement speaker in May of last year. Sebelius has a record of supporting abortion rights, and abortion is the issue that really sets Blatty’s nerves on fire.
He describes, his voice trembling, a particular abortion procedure in graphic detail.
He pauses. His voice is nearly a whisper.