A “traditionalist” priest says that he disagrees with the popes who have promoted female saints to the title “Doctor of the Church.” He says that only men, and men who were priests, should have that honor.
He should be asked to provide documentation for where the Church ever taught that only priests could be Doctors of the Church. “Doctor” comes from the Latin for “teacher.” In the academic world then, a doctor is simply a teacher and women and laymen may certainly be teachers.
Here are the qualifications for a Doctor of the Church:
*]an eminent [orthodox] doctrine,
*]a remarkable holiness of life *, and
]the declaration by the Supreme Pontiff or by a General Council which has met legitimately [which would be called by or approved by the Supreme Pontiff] (source).[/LIST]