MY ATTENTION WAS drawn to Sr Mary Kilday's letter (Catholic Herald, 4 August) on the subject of the Pope's 'Letter to Women', not so much because of the topic, but because of the confident opening statement quoting Chesterton.
Sr Mary joins a select group of writers who believe that GK Chesterton wrote, or said, that when someone ceases to believe in God, they believe not in nothing 'but in anything.
Those who know their Chesterton and some who know very little are confident that this is a well known quotation of the great man.
But can anyone cite the exact reference? The source is unknown. Some of the best Chesterton minds have grappled with the mystery for many years a mystery worthy of Fr Brown.
The Chesterton Society in Illinois has offered a prize to anyone who can cite the source, and the exact words. My own society in Western Australia would similarly reward the detective who solved the mystery. Perhaps Sr Mary Kilday knows?
Tony Evans President, GK Chesterton Society of Western Australia