Chesterton’s Cause will not be opened

Catholic Herald | 8/2/2019 | Nick Hallett
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The Bishop of Northampton said there was no local cult and raised concerns of 'anti-Semitism'

The Cause for GK Chesterton will not be opened, the Bishop of Northampton has said.

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Bishop Peter Doyle said he took the decision due to the lack of a local cult, the lack of any “pattern of personal spirituality” in the life of the author, and “the issue of anti-Semitism”.

In a letter that was read out at the opening session of the American GK Chesterton Society conference, the bishop wrote that he “recognise[d] Chesterton’s goodness and his ability to evangelise” but could not support the Cause any further.

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“I am very conscious of the devotion to GK Chesterton in many parts of the world and of his inspiring influence on so many people, and this makes it difficult to communicate the conclusion to which I have come,” the bishop said.

“That conclusion is that I am unable to promote the cause of GK Chesterton for three reasons. Firstly, and most importantly, there is no local cult. Secondly, I have been unable to tease out a pattern of personal spirituality. And, thirdly, even allowing for the context of...
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