Thursday, April 29, 2010

Why G. K. Chesterton Was a Catholic?

From Infallible Blogma

Gilbert Keith (G. K.) Chesterton was a pretty bright fellow, an author of much repute.  Chesterton wrote around 80 books, several hundred poems, some 200 short stories, 4000 essays and several plays.  He was a Catholic theologian, and apologist, when that was not fashionable in England.  He was a colleague of Shaw and Wilde, two better known writers, at least in popular appeal, and was also partnered with the poet and essayist Hilaire Belloc.

He and Belloc were involved in the discussions that came about in regard to an alternative to the ills of capitalism and socialism in our world societies.  They wrote about Distributism, which would have taken the best of both capitalism and socialism and melded them into a more broadly based ownership of tools of production, including land, tools, etc.

He often summarised things into pithy bons mots.  For example, the Times of London asked several eminent authors to write essays on the theme "What's Wrong with the World?"

Chesterton's summary response was:
Dear Sirs,
I am.

Sincerely yours,

G. K. Chesterton
But, nothing that is attributed to him if of greater significance to me than his reasons for being a Catholic later in life, some of the credit for which is due to his friend, Catholic born and raised, Belloc.

He summed up as follows:
“The difficulty of explaining ‘why I am a Catholic’ is that there are ten thousand reasons all amounting to one reason: that Catholicism is true.” – G. K. Chesterton
We write tomes about Catholic this or Catholic that, and our Christian brothers and sisters write tomes about anti-Catholic this or that.  In the end, Chesterton's logic above is sufficient for me.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I trust in your love for all your children who seek Your Face.

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