You read that right, folks; there’s a cause in progress for the canonization of J. R. R. Tolkien! It should be noted that’s in the very, very early stages–right now it’s on step 1, the actor causae, which is the formation of a group that will formally petition the bishop of the diocese where Tolkien died to investigate his life and determine if he is a worthy candidate for beatification and canonization. If the bishop finds sufficient evidence, he will submit his findings to Rome, which will then conduct its own investigation.
Needless to say, it’s a very long process–it’s going to take years, and it may not succeed at all. But as someone who has said for years that Tolkien should be canonized, I’m just thrilled the ball is finally rolling.
“Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament… There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves upon earth.”–J. R. R. Tolkien