For the first time in my life or ministry, I’m associated with a parish under the patronage of a doctor of the Church. My graduate school is my only other doctor/patron/community. All the talk earlier today about Cardinal Newman being named a doctor–that probably has to wait until he’s canonized, but I’m not sure why it would–got me thinking. Catholics probably should be able to identify what a “doctor” is, and why saints are given the title. How many doctors should they be able to identify? Anybody have the goods on all of them?
Here’s a little calendar for 2009 to get you thinking. Which two doctors share the same day? Which doctor is the only deacon in the group? How many women? How many popes? How many lay people?
And here’s one for a bit of discussion: which saints would you add to the doctor list? Is Cardinal Newman worthy? I find it interesting that lots of Catholics tout our late pope as “the Great,” but nobody seems to be promoting him as a doctor. Given that the theology of the body seems to be all over the place these days, I find that surprising.