Thank you for your question. You
hit on one of my pet peeves.
Unfortunately, priests don't study
the whole Bible in seminary. In fact,
they come no where near studying
enough Scripture. They do study several
years of theology and philosophy.
The theology classes will have some
Scripture, as will the courses on
the Church Fathers. They are lucky
if, over their four or five years in seminary,
they get about five courses on Scripture.
To make matters worse, those courses
are usually not about what the text
actually means, rather they are courses
based on the Historical Critical
Method of exegesis. In other words,
they waste too much time trying to
figure out who wrote a certain book
or reconstructing history from the
It's a very sad state of affairs.
The Historical Critical Method is
a useful tool, but studying the method,
does not replace studying the Bible.
Unfortunately, most priests, for all intents
and purposes, are
biblically illiterate. This, of course, explains
the doctrinally insipid and uninspiring
slop they serve every Sundays from
To put it more bluntly, the average
Catholic priest in America today
would look for Zephania[h] on the spice
rack before he realized it wasn't
an ingredient for tomato sauce, but
the ninth of twelve minor prophets,
who probably wrote in the seventh century
As I said, you've hit one my pet
We all need to pray that our seminaries
start putting more emphasis on the
written Word of God. They could easily
reduce the philosophy load in half.
Heck, if the philosophy is supposed
to help them understand the theology.
It's sure not working, because if
they understand the theology, they
ain't showing it from the pulpit!