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Doctors of the Church

This is a very special title accorded by the Church to certain saints. This title indicates that the writings and preachings of such a person 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.

Name

Lifespan

Designation

296 - 373
1568 by Pius V
306 - 373
October 5, 1920 by Benedict XV
315 - 367
May 13, 1851 by Pius IX
315 - 386
July 28, 1882 by Leo XIII
325 - 389
1568 by Pius V
329 - 379
1568 by Pius V
339 - 397
September 20, 1295 by Boniface VIII
347 - 407
1568 by Pius V
347 - 419
September 20, 1295 by Boniface XIII
354 - 430
September 20, 1295 by Boniface XIII
376 - 444
July 28, 1882 by Leo XIII
400 - 450
February 10, 1729 by Benedict XIII
400 - 461
October 15, 1754 by Benedict XIV
540 - 604
September 20, 1295 by Boniface XIII
560 - 636
April 25, 1722 by Innocent XIII
645 - 749
August 19, 1890 by Leo XIII
672 - 735
November 13, 1899 by Leo XIII
1007 - 1072
September 27, 1828 by Leo XII
1033 - 1109
February 3, 1720 by Clement XI
1090 - 1153
August 20, 1830 by Pius VIII
1195 - 1231
January 16, 1946 by Pius XII
1206 - 1280
December 16, 1931 by Pius XI
1221 - 1274
March 14, 1588 by Sixtus V
1226 - 1274
April 11, 1567 by Pius V
1347 - 1380
October 4, 1970 by Paul VI
1515 - 1582
September 27, 1970 by Paul VI
1521 - 1597
May 21, 1925 by Pius XI
1542 - 1591
August 24, 1926 by Pius XI
1542 - 1621
September 17, 1931 by Pius XI
1559 - 1619
March 19, 1959 by John XXIII
1567 - 1622
November 16, 1871 by Pius IX
1696 - 1787
July 7, 1871 by Pius IX
1873 - 1897
October 19, 1997 by John Paul II
1500 - 1569
October 7, 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI
1098 - 1179
October 7, 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI
951 - 1003
February 21, 2015 by Pope Francis

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