[quote="scoobydoo6v92, post:12, topic:230793"]
Musical instruments play no role in the priesthood
Exactly either does a degree in electrical engineeering but one guy had that and got him in. THe point was not the musical instrument. The point was that I am not an empty head and that I can learn and retain knowledge. That was the point. learning an instrument is not a two week thing. If I had a 4 year degree in music I would have been snatched up like 100 dollar bills on the floor. I have learned 3 trades as well Electrical Refrigeration and plant maintenance. I would hope a Bishop would feel that I am fairly smart with normal cognitive skills to learn the material it takes to be a priest. which to me the biggest one would be living life and surviving.
There are other issues than just education that make one unsuitable for the priesthood.
Again to the OP, do not take the work of someone who is disgruntled with the process as the whole truth.
Speak with your diocese's vocation director. Speak to your pastor. Get a spiritual director.
As has been stated, in the United States you will need a bachelors degree and 30 credit hours of philosophy and 12 credit hours in theology to enter into the major seminary to study for the Masters of Divinity program which is what is required for ordination. You may fulfill those credit hour requirements by getting a bachelors in philosophy.
I filled the requirements by having an Associates in Computer Programming then getting a Bachelors in Liberal Art (concentrating on philosophy and theology) but I still had to do one 3 credit hour summer philosophy course at Catholic University before I started the major seminary for the M.Div..
You will also need those requirements if you decide to go for a pontifical degree. There are a couple of religious communities like the FSSP who send their men to their own seminary in the States but they require you to have a bachelors degree. Some religious communities like the ICKSP have their own seminary in Italy where they teach their seminarians in French. I do not what their basic requirements for entry are. You usually do not get any degrees from these sort of programs.
Again, speak with your pastor, get a spiritual director, and talk to a vocations director for the diocese. If you feel called to a religious community then contact them also. Know that a vocations director for your diocese is really interested in vocations for the diocese and may not be much help with discernment with a religious community, same goes for a given religious communities vocations director, they are working for their community and will not be much help with other communities.
I hope this has helped.