Doctors of the ChurchGeneral Information
The Roman Catholic Church recognizes 30 men and 3 women
as pre-eminent theologians, people from whom all
Catholics can confidently learn from. Originally, there were
four Doctors (of the Catholic or Western Church),
first named in 1298 AD:
Later, four corresponding Doctors of the Eastern (Orthodox)
Church were named, in 1568 AD:
No women were included in this list until 1970 AD.
Here is the entire list of the current 33 Doctors of the Church, in approximate chronological order.
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