I am not sure if this is the right place where I should place this question. Anyway, I was having a discussion with a friend who is pretty well-schooled in history, and he posted a question to be that I am not able to answer.
In the historical times, say the pre-1800's or so, how were the priest trained? The question arises from the fact that priests were mainly from the noble class who were only interested in politics or the really poor who were illiterate.
Therefore the noble person may not be trained to interpret the scripture to educate the lay people, as they were heavily involved in politics (so not interested in scripture per se). And the poor who were illiterate, so they couldn't read and therefore could not teach the people as well.
Note: the discussion I was having with this friend was about how the bible has been misinterpreted by many, but in the Catholic church we have the Magisterium.
Appreciate if you could share your insight and knowledge.