[quote="Susan_Calvin, post:1, topic:181516"]
I was looking at the website of my archdiocese and it lists all the priests as well as the letters of their degrees after their name, for instance, M.Div. I looked up what many of the letters stand for, so that really isn't my question. But I am wondering why there is such a difference between priests and their degrees / titles? Like does it just depend on what seminary they go to? Do they choose to have certain degrees over other ones, or are they told to? Why do some seem to have so much more education than others?
A priest of a parish near mine is: Dipl. Past., M. Past, S.T.L.
Another priest is: B.A., S.T.B., M.A.
Another is: B.A., B.Th.
And, my pastor is: B.A., M. Div., J.C.L., V.F.
Because priests are not stupid. They are well-versed in theology and in pastoral ministry. Some even have degrees in special areas of science, chemistry, history, math, etc. Usually these priests are teachers at Catholic universities and colleges.
Dipl. Past. means Diploma in Pastoral Studies
M. Past. means Masters in Pastoral Studies
S.T.L. means Licentiate of Sacred Theology
B.A. means Bachelor of Arts Degree
S.T.B. means Bachelor of Sacred Theology
M.A. means Master of Arts Degree
B.Th. means Bachelor of Theology
M. Div. means Masters of Divinity
J.C.L. means Licentiate of Canon Law
V.F. means Postdoctoral Visiting Fellowship
kinda cool, eh? :cool: