Australian fans of GK Chesterton have welcomed news than an English priest has been appointed to investigate the possible cause for canonisation of the Catholic journalist and author, reports The Catholic Weekly.
Fr John Udrism, spiritual director at St Mary’s College, a Birmingham seminary, will examine the possible cause for sainthood.
The investigation follows appeals to the diocese of Northampton, where Chesterton died in 1936, from the American Chesterton Society and devotees from around the world. This first step on the path to possible sainthood is “a wonderful thing to happen”, said president of the Australian Chesterton Society Karl Schmude.
“Those who know his writings and his life well certainly regard him as a person of exceptional goodness.” The requirements for canonisation, including the exercise of heroic virtue, merit further investigation, he said.
Chesterton was “a very active person in the public arena, as a journalist and writer and apologist”. Born in London in 1874, the writer was baptised Anglican before becoming Catholic in 1922.
Australian fans buoyed by news of Chesterton sainthood probe (Catholic Weekly)
Diocese appoints priest to investigate Chesterton cause (Catholic Herald)