>For basic information the best place to start is at this article in the Catholic Encyclopedia at newadvent.com.
So we know that doctors of the church are important for their teaching. But the title Doctor of the Church is given by the Church, so there is also a process and a political aspect to the selection of Doctors. Still, if we believe, and I do, that God acts even in the most imperfect of people and institutions, then we must believe that these Doctors have something to teach us.
I can’t really account for this interest in the Doctors, except as it connected directly from St. Therese. Getting interested in her came as a result of her becoming a Doctor. It doesn’t matter because I’m going to keep looking forward.
Tomorrow, St. Athanasius.