I was part of a parish in another state and I couldn’t figure why we had three priests WITH doctorates? I mean, how did we get so lucky? We didn’t have more than a grade school and a high school, yet we had all these highly educated priests in one place.
In a relatively small parish in a more rural town in that state, we had a priest with a licentiate in sacred scripture from one of the Vatican colleges, maybe the American college.
By the same token, I wasn’t always impressed by these priests. One of them mentioned, I’m sure he was kidding, that he wasn’t sure whether he should be called Father Doctor or Doctor Father.
These people tended to want to give courses at the parish level, but at that, not very often. They were often travelling elsewhere to dispense their knowledge or it was behind the scenes.
Fr. Mitch Pacwa on EWTN has a doctorate in theology. I saw him in a debate with some Protestants on the John Ankerburg show, 15 or 20 years ago. I thought he was holding his own very well in the discussion.