Chesterton’s Cause for Canonization

Dale Ahlquist, President, Society of Gilbert Keith Chesterton, reponds to the bishop of Northampton’s objections to the cause for canonization of GK Chesterton

Although it is clear Bishop Doyle will not be opening the Cause of Canonization for G.K. Chesterton, this does not mean the cause is dead. We are confident that, in time, it will open, under a different ordinary and perhaps in a different diocese, which is a possibility under canon law.

Ahlquist responds to the objections, saying

  1. there is a local cult – also a universal cult;
  2. his spirituality is expressed in his writing and life and he remains a mode; of lay spirituality;
  3. and no, he was not anti-Semitic.

It is fitting that Chesterton, who made a living as a controversialist, should continue to find himself controversial. But if anything, that is proof of his abiding presence. It is also evidence that he belongs in that controversial group, the Communion of the Saints.

While I disagree with that take, I do think the Church urgently needs a patron saint of the paradoxical.