Clendenen's updated edition offers a courageous and much-needed inquiry into the Vatican's decision to declare Hildegard of Bingen a Doctor of the Church. Her analysis is thoughtful, moving, honest, and creative. This is dialogue between religious studies scholarship and contemplative practices at its best. --Ulrike Wiethaus, author of Maps of Flesh and Light: The Religious Experience of Medieval Women
When Pope Benedict announced he would proclaim Hildegard of Bingen a Doctor of the Church, Clendenen contacted diverse scholars, analysts, clinicians, and artists, inviting new and essential dialogue for inclusion in this revised edition. She posed tough questions about gender and timing, meaning and status. The interweaving of the responses into a cohesive and sustained fabric is simply top-notch, a powerful choir which turns head and heart. --Therese Schroeder-Sheker, The Chalice of Repose Project
This classic work of scholarship is that rare mix of wisdom and intellect. With a sagacity suggesting her own sacred wrestling with and profound yielding to God, Clendenen's rigorous and readable analysis invites us to experience their wisdom today in transformative ways and challenges us to escape the noise and busyness of our lives and sit in absolute silence, listening. --Carmen Acevedo Butcher, author of Hildegard of Bingen: A Spiritual Reader and The Cloud of Unknowing
About the Author
Ph.D. and D.Min., Chicago Theological Seminary, is the Sister Irene Dugan Scholar in Spirituality and professor of religious studies at Saint Xavier University in Chicago, where she teaches courses in pastoral theology and at the intersections of spirituality and depth psychology. She is author of Experiencing Hildegard: Jungian Perspectives
(Chiron, 2009); coauthor (with Sister Irene Dugan, r.c.) of Love Is All Around in Disguise: Meditations for Spiritual Seekers
(Chiron, 2004); editor of Spirituality in Depth: Essays in Honor of Sister Irene Dugan, r.c.
(Chiron, 2002); and coauthor (with Troy W. Martin) of Forgiveness: Finding Freedom through Reconciliation
(Crossroad Publications, 2002).