U.S. scholar Dale Ahlquist, president of the Society of Gilbert Keith Chesterton, stands outside St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican March 22, 2019. Ahlquist’s latest book, “Knight of the Holy Ghost,” highlights the life and works of English writer and philosopher G.K. Chesterton. (CNS photo/Junno Arocho Esteves)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — At a time when Catholics seem to be split between conservative or progressive factions, the life and works of English writer G. K. Chesterton can inspire men and women in the church to rise above conflict, said U.S. scholar Dale Ahlquist.