Meet the Next Doctor of the Church

by Steve Ray on April 27, 2008


I agree with Jimmy Akin. I appreciate Cardinal Newman for his profound impact on my own conversion to the Catholic Church. His treatise on the Development of Doctrine had a profound effect on me and my understanding of historical Christianity. He deserves to be a Doctor of the Church.

One of my favorite Newman qoutes is "To be deep in history is to cease being a Protestant!" How true!

Read Jimmy Akin's excellent review of this at or click here.

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Dr. Acula April 27, 2008 at 6:32 PM


Here is my post on Jimmy’s Blog:

I always heard that St. Louis de Montfort would be the next Doctor of the Church. He’s already a Saint, isn’t that how it usually works?

St. Lawrence of Brindisi was Canonized in 1881 and proclaimed a Doctor of the Church in 1959.

St. Anthony of Padua was Canonized in 1232 and proclaimed a Doctor of the Church in 1946.

St. Teresa of Avila: Saint… 1622 — Doctor… 1970

Ste. Therese: Saint… 1925 — Doctor… 1997

St. Thomas Aquinas: Saint… 1323 — Doctor… 1567

St. Alphonsus Ligouri: Saint… 1839 — Doctor… 1871

St. Anselm of Canturbury: Saint… 1492 — Doctor… 1720

St. Bonaventure: Saint… 1482 — Doctor… 1557

In 1899 Pope Leo XIII promoted the Precongregation Saints: St. Cyril of Alexandria, St. Cyril of Jerusalem, and St. John Damascene, and St. Bede

St. Catherine of Siena: Saint… 1461 — Doctor… 1970

St. Ephrem the Syrian: Precongregation Saint — Doctor… 1920

St. Francis de Sales: Saint… 1665 — Doctor… 1877

St. Hilary of Poitiers: Precongregation Saint — Doctor… 1851

St. Isidore of Seville: Precongregation Saint — Doctor… 1722

St. Bernard of Clairvaux (fun to type!) Saint… 1174 — Doctor… 1830

St. John Damascene: Precongregation Saint — Doctor: 1890

St. John of the Cross: Saint… 1726 — Doctor… 1926

St. Leo the Great: Precongregation Saint — Doctor… 1574 That one suprised me!

St. Peter Chrysologus: Precongregation Saint — Doctor… 1729

St. Peter Damian: Precongregation Saint — Doctor… 1828

The 4 Great Eastern and 4 Great Western Doctors had Feasts from the Middle Ages which is from where the idea of Doctors of the Church came from. Western: Sts. Augustine, Gregory the Great, Ambrose of Milan, and Jerome. Eastern: Sts. Basil the Great, John Chrysostom, Athanasius the Great, and Gregory Naziansus.

The only “Saint/Doctor Combo” was when Pope Pius XI declaired Sts. Albert the Great, Peter Canisius and Robert Bellarmine Saints and Doctors. The precedent is to declare someone a Doctor well after s/he’s been Canonized.

Also, Pope Benedict XIV points out that Martyrs are not included in the list of Doctors as Sts. Ignatius of Antioch, Irenaeus of Lyons, and Cyprian of Carthage are extremely important Teachers of the Faith. This also excludes our modern important Martyr/Theologians Sts. Maximillian Kolbe and Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein.)

I await the Canonization of Ven John Henry Cardinal Newman and would be happy to have him included in the list of the Doctors, but I think it is unlikely that he will be made a Doctor soon. But Pope Benedict is full of surprises, so I could be wrong.

jack April 27, 2008 at 7:10 PM

Newman’s beatification is long overdue! One of the leading lights of English Catholocism deserves to have his influence recognized

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