Once upon a time the clergy were the intellectuals of society because they possessed literacy; literacy being a byproduct trait they learnt through translating scripture. Today, most people in the Western world are literate, therefore, the clergy are no-longer the only ones gifted in the art of education, thus their status as elite intellectuals has somewhat diminished.
The clergy were once valuable tools in a governments arsenal, they were utilised to control, govern and justify policy to the masses that unwaveringly listened due to the power of religion.
Today, in order to re-establish the relevance of the clergy, they must become philosophers providing new solutions to 21st Century issues. Otherwise their relevance will continue to be threatened because less and less people will study theology because there is little salary in learning religion.