My academic training is in philosophy, which intersects to a considerable degree with the work I do. I am also an autodidact [self-taught] who has managed to acquire a background in apologetics, biblical studies, theology, liturgy, canon law, and related disciplines.
Because I have learned this material on my own, I do not have an institution such as the Church or a university that has put its seal of approval on me (in areas other than philosophy) and said, “Listen to this guy; he knows what he’s talking about.”
In the absence of such a seal of approval, the only defense there is for my answers is making sure that they are right. I can’t rely for my credibility on the fact that someone else has vouched for me.
Since the 2020 virus, I have been in the process of teaching myself.