Four Women Doctors of the Church: Hildegard of Bingen, Catherine of Siena, Teresa od Avila, Therese of Lisieux

In Four Women Doctors of the Church: Hildegard of Bingen, Catherine of Siena, Teresa od Avila, Therese of Lisieux, Mary T. Malone begins her exploration by telling readers how centuries after Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians (14: 34-36) says that “women should keep silent in the churches ….” Pope Paul VI requests the Pontifical Biblical Commission to “look at the strictures of Paul against the teaching of women.” We know the outcome. In 1970 now Blessed Pope Paul VI declared Catherine of Siena a Doctor of the Church, representing all laywomen, and Teresa of Avila a Doctor of the Church, representing all religious women. Essentially, this volume brings to life the trials and triumphs of these inspiring women, whose bravery and intellectual prowess opened the door for new discussions on the role of women in the Church. Available for $16.00 from Orbis Books, P.O. Box 302, Maryknoll, NY 10545. Tel: (800) 258-5838. Fax: (914) 941-7005. E-mail: [email protected]. Web site: www.orbisbooks.com