Perhaps it may seem a bit premature, but here goes: Benedict XVI should be declared a doctor of the Church.
There are, if I count correctly, 33 such esteemed doctors, the most recent being St. Thérèse of Lisieux, who died in 1897, and the most recently declared being St. Hildegard of Bingen, who died in 1179 but was declared a doctor of the Church by Pope Benedict in October of 2012. Benedict XVI would be No. 34 (assuming no others are named beforehand).
A doctor of the Church must be holy. Check.
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