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The Doctors of the Church.

05 Oct 2015, by Rev. Fr. Joel Okojie OSA in Doctrines

In the Catholic Church, we often hear about the Doctors of the Church; not too many Catholics actually know what this title is all about. For so many, they can only connect the word Doctor to one who is a specialist in treating physical or mental ailments.medical doctor This understanding of the word doctor is actually not far from the sense in which the Church uses it, but in the Church, the doctors heal the Souls of people through the power of God’s word.

The word doctor has a Latin root; it is derived from the Latin word docere, which means to teach. They teach the truth about God and the power of his word with the help of God. The Doctor of the Church is a very special title accorded by the Church to certain saints. This title indicates that such a person’s writings and preachings are useful to Christians “in any age of the Church.” Such men and women are also particularly known for the depth of understanding and the orthodoxy of their theological teachings. While the writings of the Doctors are often considered inspired by the Holy Spirit, this does not mean they are infallible, but it does mean that they contributed significantly to the formulation of Christian teaching in at least one area.

As I said above, the Church’s usage of the word doctor is referring to some distinguished members of the bodySt. Thomas Aquinas of the Church is not far from the ordinary man’s understanding of the word. For the ordinary man, the doctors treat the body, while for the Church, they treat the Soul. How? you may ask. The bible says you shall know the truth, and the truth will set you free (Jn. 8:32). This truth enriches the Church in all ages and sets the Souls free from eternal damnation; this is the truth those honoured with the title Doctors of the Church taught with the help of the Holy Spirit. Not just about preaching, but they helped in developing doctrines and defending them with the help of God.

I, therefore, present to you the Doctors of the Church:

St. Athanasius
St. Ephraem the Syrian
St. Hilary of Poitiers
St. Cyril of Jerusalem
St. Gregory of Nazianzus
St. Basil the Great
St. Ambrose
St. John Chrysostom
St. Jerome
St. Augustine
St. Cyril of Alexandria
St. Peter Chrysologous
St. Leo the Great
St. Gregory the Great
St. Isidore of Seville
St. John of Damascus
St. Bede the Venerable
St. Peter Damian
St. Anselm
St. Bernard of Clairvaux
St. Anthony of Padua
St. Albert the Great
St. Bonaventure
St. Thomas Aquinas
St. Catherine of Siena
St. Teresa of Avila
St. Peter Canisius
St. John of the Cross
St. Robert Bellarmine
St. Lawrence of Brindisi
St. Francis de Sales
St. Alphonsus Ligouri
St. Therese of Lisieux
St. John of Avila
St. Hildegard of Bingen

  • chikezie calistus Reply

    you are doing a very good job and may God bless you.
    This is really an eye opener for the Catholic faithful.

  • James Nkem Reply

    Well done, Fr Joel. I think that I can use your write-ups to prepare for my legion work, which is crowd contact.