William Blatty, author of The Exorcist, tells The Washington Post that abortion is truly demonic

William Blatty, the Catholic author of The Exorcist which provided the basis for William Friedkin’s film of the same name, has given a rare interview to The Washington Post about the 40th anniversary of the film about demon possession in which he says with emotion that abortion is truly demonic.

William Blatty is funding and driving a legal action under Canon Law against his alma mater Georgetown university because the Jesuit run university is defiantly dissenting from the doctrines of the Church:

Bill, why are you punishing the school you love, the school whose scholarship money rescued you from a childhood of restless poverty in New York, the school that made possible your life, that cemented your faith?

“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.

That’s demonic.”

Protect the Pope comment: Blatty and Friedkin’s film The Exorcist is one of the best depictions of the evil of demonic possession, which draws on Catholic demonology and the practice of exorcism. In the popular imagination William Blatty is seen as an expert of the devil, so if he says that abortion is truly demonic this will have an impact that the usual pro-life speakers and groups won’t have. However, this impact depends on if the MSM give coverage to Blatty’s words. It is telling that The Washington Post censored his description of abortion, because the MSM don’t won’t people to know about the truly demonic nature of abortion. Through hiding the reality of abortion The Washington Post reveals the truth that they, like the rest of the MSM, are in league with the Devil.


13 comments to William Blatty, author of The Exorcist, tells The Washington Post that abortion is truly demonic

  • Wake up England

    Where does that leave the Irish Bishops who say nothing about abortions being available in their “Catholic” hospitals? In cahoots with the Jesuits by the looks of it.

    Well done William Blatty for defending The Faith

  • William

    I saw the interview that William Peter Blatty gave last night….God bless him. If only Catholic bishops had his faith, intelligence and strength. You could feel the pain he is experiencing over what has happened to Georgetown and the Universal Church. But his canonical case will go nowhere as long as Francis is pope. Does anyone really believe that Francis cares if a Catholic University run by Jesuits promotes abortion and gay “marriage”?

  • Damask Rose

    “William Blatty, author of The Exorcist, tells The Washington Post that abortion is truly demonic.”

    Good for him. I hope he wins his Canon Law legal action against Georgetown. But will he win though? Too much has rotted in the Catholic Church now…

    Off topic, I guess, but I wish Fr Malachi Martin never died prematurely and wrote that book he was planning. I wish more exorcists would write books on their life’s work. Though to be honest, I only managed to read the Intro and first Chapter, maybe dipped into another chapter of “Hostage to the Devil”. That book, though I realise is written as “faction”, it kind of terrified me and felt that there was an horrific debasement attached to it. I think it’s true. It’s what the devil does, he debases mankind to his level. Oh, how the angels fell.

  • Joseph Matthew

    Just how bad is Georgetown? Read about abortion “rights” lawyer Kelli Garcia at that once Catholic university.

  • Damask Rose,

    If you haven’t already done so, may I suggest the book, “The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist” by Matt Baglio. It’s the true story of the training of an American priest to be an exorcist. His studies took place in Rome where he was mentored by an experienced Italian exorcist. The book was written in 2009 so that it is a very contemporary inside look at what’s involved in exorcisms.

    Another worthwhile book is, “An Exorcist Tells His Story”, written by the Italian exorcist Fr. Gabriele Amorth. It’s very informative. Its one drawback is that originally it was written in Italian and for some reason English translations of Italian always seem a bit loopy (witness the translations of the interviews Pope Francis has given). Once in awhile you have to pause to figure out what’s being said.

    I hesitated to read these books, thinking that they might give me nightmares or distressing thoughts. To my surprise they both read like spiritual medical textbooks, outlining causes, symptoms, treatments, prognoses etc. with plenty of examples to illustrate the points being made. The books also outline the preliminary steps the Church takes to make sure that the individual problems aren’t medical or psychological in nature before they even consider the possibility of demonic influence.

  • Dorset Rambler

    Deacon Nick

    You mention MSM in your last paragraph.

    What does that stand for, please?

  • Ioannes

    I didn’t find the film “The Exorcist” particularly convincing. For a start, since the demoniac was a girl, the exorcists would never have been alone with her (Rituale Romanum, Titulus XI Caput 1:19), nor would the assisting priest have left the room. Accuracy was sacrificed for sensationalism. Thomas B Allen’s 1993 book “Possessed”, which purports to tell the true story of the boy exorcized in 1949 and on which Blatty’s book was based, is far more convincing as to detail.

  • Rob

    A, perhaps naïve, theological question:

    Surely all evil is demonic? (if not can you give me an example of an evil which is not?)

    If that is the case, then is it in any way meaningful at all to state that a particular evil like abortion is demonic? Doesn’t that run the risk to creating the false impression that other evils might not be demonic?

  • @Rob: if there are gradations in sin, then there may be gradations in ‘demonic.’ There are gradations in sin. We have venial sin and mortal sin. One will send you to hell for all eternity, the other not, so the difference is enormous, and may come out in expressions that one behavior or thought is more sinful than another. The same may be expressed in the use the term ‘demonic,’ that one action or thought may be ‘more demonic’ than another. There are also gradations in very many other terms, like ‘salvific,’ for example. Christ’s action there was one grade, our actions another. Any action may be called ‘salvific,’ but they do not necessarily by that share the same weight.

    Socrates would often enter discussions with just such an observation, and then open his eyes very wide and grin, because he knew what it would do to further progress. I believe that’s why they killed him (recounted in Ferdinand Mount’s Full Circle).

    On the point, there was an extended interview on National Public Radio this last week with the director of the the film, William Friedkin, in which he several times expresses his admiration for the Faith, although he is Jewish. It’s worth googling.

  • Wake up England

    Janet Baker:

    Mortal sins are more or less serious too; thus violence against one’s parents or children is worse than violence against a stranger; and desecration of the Blessed Sacrament is more serious than desecration of an altar; Striking the Pope is more serious than striking a priest. All these things are Grave Matters, of course, but some are even more grave than others.

    As fewer and fewer people believe in everlasting hell, the question of which sins deserve hell and which do not becomes irrelevant to them.

    Given that hell is so clearly, and so often, taught by Our Lord, it is quite astonishing that any Christian can pretend it doesn’t exist; or that no-one goes there. Our Lady of Fatima shewed the Portuguese children a vision of hell: not pretty!

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