Religion: The Exorcist Debate

Crowds of the curious are invading Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., these days, and the Jesuit school's telephones are busy with calls on subjects that not long ago would have embarrassed thinking Roman Catholics: the devil, demonic possession and exorcism of evil spirits. The reason: part of the movie made from William Peter Blatty's novel, The Exorcist (TIME, Jan. 14), was filmed at Georgetown.

Many reviewers have panned the movie, but Catholic spokesmen are divided on its worth. Father Edmund Ryan, executive vice president of Georgetown, Blatty's alma mater, is pleased that Jesuit priests, who are the exorcists and their colleagues in...

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