Friday, December 30, 2011

Another Doctor of the Church? Hildegard of Bingen

The doctor-maker is in.

According RomeReports, Pope Benedict is scheduled to declare Hildegard of Bingen a Doctor of the Church in 2012.  She is known for her mystical visions.

That's simply amazing once again!

It seems that in our time when theology is heavily academic and secularized, raising someone to the honors of the 34th official doctors shows how holy doctrine doesn't depend on worldly scholarship.

This is comforting, especially for yours truly, who has sat in numerous theology classes and felt like I couldn't meet the standards of secular analysis like many of my classmates.

If true, she's also going to be the 4th woman Doctor of the Church.

I'd like to study more of her visions.

One of my favorite is Bl. Anne Catherine Emmerich, after whom the movie The Passion of the Christ was based.

For now, Benedict will make history with his declaration of another doctor. 

Thanks be to God!

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