Hildegard of Bingen Named Doctor of the Church

Press Release
October 5th, 2012

The Catholic Network for Women’s Equality (CNWE) celebrates the proclamation by Pope Benedict XVI on October 7th, 2012 of St. Hildegard of Bingen as a Doctor of the Church. St. Hildegard is only the fourth women to whom this title has been given and it is bestowed in recognition of the influence of her writing on Catholic theology and doctrine. St. Hildegard of Bingen was a 12th century mystic, prophet, teacher, poet, and musician who founded two monasteries. She was a respected leader in the medieval church who did not hesitate to call both emperors and popes to account. Her writing and music continue to inspire people and her example of faith and courage serve as a role model for Catholic women everywhere who work for equality and justice.

For over thirty years members of CNWE have shared a faithful commitment to social justice for all women. We celebrate the fact that we are part of a long history of women’s contributions to the Christian faith. Our movement embraces a broad range of Catholic women and men across Canada for whom an inclusive church that is accountable to all of its members is important. Our work for women’s equality in the church and the world is internationally respected and part of a network of pro-change Catholic movements around the globe. For further information on membership, see www.cnwe.org or visit us on Facebook.

Media inquiries:
Atlantic Canada: Cathy Holtmann, (506) 476-1080, atlantic@cnwe.org
Central Canada: Mary Ellen Chown, central@cnwe.org
Western Canada: Therese Koturbash, (204) 622-7002, western@cnwe.org