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Scott P. Richert

Pope Benedict Announces Another Doctor of the Church

By August 23, 2011

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On Saturday, August 20, 2011, at a Mass with seminarians in the Cathedral of Santa María la Real de la Almudena in Madrid, Spain, Pope Benedict XVI announced his intention to name Saint John of Avila the 34th Doctor of the Church.<b>A 1746 portrait of Saint John of Avila by Pierre Subleyras. (Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons; Public Domain)</b> In Madrid for World Youth Day 2011, the Holy Father declared that he "would hope that the word and the example of this outstanding pastor will enlighten all priests and those who look forward to the day of their priestly ordination."

Saint John of Avila (1500-69) is often called the Apostle of Andalusia. Shortly after his ordination to the priesthood, Saint John gave his family's wealth to the poor and prepared to do missionary work in the New World. But the archbishop of Seville intervened. In the wake of the release of the southernmost region of Spain from almost eight centuries (711-1492) of Islamic rule, the archbishop was eager to revive and strengthen the Catholic Faith in Andalusia, and he convinced Saint John, already known for his preaching, to take on the task. After nine years in Andalusia, Saint John continued his missionary activities throughout Spain and is to this day one of the most beloved of Spanish saints. Beatified by Pope Leo XIII on November 12, 1893, Saint John was canonized on May 31, 1970, by Pope Paul VI.

This latest honor—the naming of Saint John of Avila as a Doctor of the Church—will be bestowed "shortly," according to Pope Benedict. In the meantime, the Holy Father told the young seminarians in Madrid,

I invite everyone to look to Saint John of Avila and I commend to his intercession the Bishops of Spain and those of the whole world, as well as all priests and seminarians. As they persevere in the same faith which he taught, may they model their hearts on that of Jesus Christ the good Shepherd, to whom be glory and honour for ever. Amen.

Saint John of Avila, pray for us!

(A 1746 portrait of Saint John of Avila by Pierre Subleyras. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons; Public Domain.)

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August 23, 2011 at 1:14 pm
(1) j. aulet says:

The roman catholic church is the great whore mystery babylon predicted in the book of revelations and the pope is the beast!

August 23, 2011 at 2:40 pm
(2) Scott P. Richert says:

Wow, j. aulet. Channeling Jack Chick today, are we?

You might have a bit more success in starting a conversation if you actually commented on the topic of the post. Just a thought…

August 23, 2011 at 6:55 pm
(3) Ioane says:

Quite right, Scott. People like j.aulet are really not successful conversationalist. I think the problem is that they have inbuilt die-hard prejudices against others, for one reason or another. Sad isn’t it?

August 23, 2011 at 2:49 pm
(4) Judith77 says:

Not, j. aulet. Define exactly why you say such things. You cannot justify your statement. I will ask the Mother of God and the holy saints of God to pray for you to the Lord. The Holy Catholic Church is the church Christ founded over 2000 years ago. There is but one true church that has Christ as the center and leads the world in faith and morals. There is many Christ filled souls leading (esp. Pope Benedict XVI) even while the Judas’s get front page attention. I will not leave this Holy Church because of a few Judas’s. She is where I receive Christ. You follow one or more of the errors established not too many hundreds of years ago. Peace.

August 23, 2011 at 4:35 pm
(5) matt says:

j. Aulet..
Before you comment you should study your history.
First the Bible is the PRODUCT of the Catholic Church. Given to you in 392 ad.
Second if you looked at The history of Rome as it relates to the Catholic Church the ground was not given to the Church untill AFTER the Bible was produced. So the reference you make is obviously incorrect.
A few minutes of reading will enlighten you
considering the ease it can be found pity you are uninformed.

August 23, 2011 at 2:56 pm
(6) Rosanna says:

St. John of Avila….so cool!! I wonder if St. John of the Cross could have been influenced by John of Avila. Our Pope is so wonderful and wise!! Thank you, Holy Spirit, for guiding him. And thank you, Pope Benedict XVI, for listening!! God is good. : )))))

August 24, 2011 at 5:53 am
(7) Mary42 says:

j. aulet, you are one of those whom Jesus Christ prayed for to His Father from the Cross. “Forgive them……”. You need Prayers, lots of prayers. Why so much venom against Christ’s Church?? Did you attend last Sunday Holy Mass??. The Gospel taught us just how Christ founded His Church and declared She shall defeat all the powers of hell (whether from within or from without) and She shall remain Holy and True to His Teachings until the End of Time. Now, how do you justify your horrid statement that His Church is the whore and he whom He appointed the Head of His Church and gave the Keys of Heaven is the beast?? You are calling Jesus Christ a Liar. Very sad, indeed.

August 24, 2011 at 8:54 pm
(8) Kirt Higdon says:

Go Avila! Two doctors of the Church from just this one city!

August 27, 2011 at 3:09 pm
(9) Jamie says:

I was hoping for St. Louis de Montfort. Oh well. St. John of Avila was apparently instrumental in the re-catechesis of Spain following the downfall of the Muhammedans.

April 27, 2012 at 6:01 pm
(10) Liz says:

j. Aulet..Shame on you! St. John of Avila, pray for us.

October 9, 2012 at 8:10 pm
(11) Salvy says:

Yeah, shame on you, j. Aulet. Try staying sober.

October 8, 2013 at 6:38 pm
(12) R.W.E. Smith says:

“Kirt Higdon says:
Go Avila! Two doctors of the Church from just this one city!”

My thoughts exactly. Isn’t that amazing. It must be something in the water, or the spirit of the air.


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