I say clergy b/c I don’t only mean priests;I’m not exempting monastics,nuns or monks on this one.
Here’s something I’ve been struggling and trying to come to terms with lately: the pastoral care that a clergy person gives is NOT out of neccesity always philosophical engagement, nor does it mean that the clergy person can always do philosophical engagement^1.
I’m starting to think that it might be better to say that when a clergy person gives pastoral care and attendance to a person it’s better to think of them as more akin to something along the lines of a “(quasi?) social worker-rite administrator” than a philosopher-theologian proper. One reason I think you can’t take ussually take your sentiments at odd(s) with a Church teaching to the confession booth frequently :rolleyes:.
Philosopher-theologian clergy ppl are more often found at more specific places,like the Vatican and certain monasteries plus it’s also a reason why we re-directed to info-resources like the internet and this forum.
In a negative light:it can hypothetically mean that clergy ppl (when their knowledge isn’t sufficient or adequate enough for articulation) can revert to a “it’s Church teaching” line .i.e. since high-profile Magisterium approved scholar clergy said so. Am I on to something on this ^~^ ?.
(I’m saying) not many clergy are scholars by default more than they are quasi-social worker-rite administrators;are they?.