I’d count it as a minor one, at least. Take a look at Kate O’Hare’s piece, G.K. Chesterton: Making the Case for Sainthood in Hollywood.
Is there room in the pantheon of Roman Catholic saints for a six-foot four-inch, 300-pound mustachioed writer, who loved (possibly in this order) his wife Frances, cigars, a good meal, a stiff drink, his walking stick, his cape and his sombrero, and who produced a prodigious amount of words, including plays, novels, literary and social criticism, poetry, essays, and examinations of faith?
Considering the gusto with which G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936) approached life, art, and social communication, there may be no more appropriate place to seek the answer to this question than in a Los Angeles neighborhood famed for indulging in all three.
It’s a summer Saturday night in Hollywood, where one can partake in an endless array of food, booze (and other intoxicants), visual entertainment and personal… experiences. It’s also home to lots of current and aspiring performers who want to live close to opportunities in order to get exposure and possibly find work.
On this particular August evening, a group has gathered in a Hollywood apartment to share snacks, drinks, a movie, and conversation. There’s a broad ranges of ages among the guests, but it’s weighted in favor of attractive young adults. The leader is actor Kaiser Johnson, who appears in the film being shown. It’s well received by the group, which moves into a lively discussion.
Johnson also has an announcement to make, followed by the handing out of prayer cards (since this is a Catholic bunch). After the prayer is read out loud, the formal part of the meeting is adjourned. Attendees scatter to talk, eat, drink, and, for Johnson and some of the other men, smoke pipes outdoors.
Welcome to the monthly meeting of the Hollywood Chesterton Society. Among those who love the British journalist, author, and convert to Catholicism from Anglicanism (and a couple other -isms before that), it’s a very exciting time.
In case you’ve never heard of G.K. Chesterton, you can read more about him by using the search window over yonder ==>>. The BBC has a piece up about the cause for Chesterton’s beatification as well. You can also learn more over at the American Chesterton Society. Don’t forget to look into subscribing to Gilbert Magazine, and The Distributist Review too.
Did I mention many of his writings are available on the YIMCatholic Bookshelf? In case your public library is light on copies of his work, you can enjoy many of his writings right here.