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

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

“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 G K Chesterton’s time, the issue of anti-Semitism is a real obstacle particularly at this time in the United Kingdom.”

Full story at The Catholic Herald.