Did you know that there are more than 10,000 saints recognized by the Roman Catholic Church, but only a few dozen have been named a “doctor of the church?”
In an article for The Conversation, Joanne Pierce, professor of religious studies at Holy Cross and a medieval Christianity scholar, discusses the meaning behind the title and why it is important today.
“At a time when disease, environmental disasters and wars threaten to divide Christianity and the world, many believe that a saintly ‘doctor of unity’ [a distinctive honorific title bestowed upon St. Irenaeus of Lyons recently] may well inspire a more hope-filled future,” Pierce says.
To read the full article, go to TheConversation.com.
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