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To: SuziQ
The oddity of a very learned woman always attracted interest in the Middle Ages as well."

This completely stupid. There were many very learned women during the Middle Ages. St. Catherine of Sienna and St. Teresa of Avila are Doctors of the Church. She wasn't afraid to make suggestions to the Pope. (Which he was impressed with)

13 posted on 03/17/2013 6:38:36 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
St. Hildegard of Bingen has also been named a Doctor of the Church.

I was a student in 1978 and remember the student newspaper editorializing that the cardinals should choose a woman pope, using the Pope Joan story as support.

16 posted on 03/17/2013 7:09:32 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: nickcarraway

And this past October, Pope Benedict named Hildegard of Bingen a Doctor of the Church as well...


18 posted on 03/17/2013 7:11:37 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: nickcarraway
Not to mention Hildegard of Bingen, who was a philosopher, Abbess, and wrote gorgeous music in praise of Jesus.

There are several women from the early years of the Church, and into the Medieval era, who are considered "Doctors of the Church"

23 posted on 03/17/2013 8:16:05 PM PDT by SuziQ
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