The cleric class did orignally have a strong medieval Catholic church flavor to it. Although the game moved away from that when 2E was introduced, a good 14 years ago.Kahuna Burger said:*snicker* that about says it all, doesn't it? You are so hung up on the idea that the cleric class is possibly inspired by the catholic church (no idea if it was orriginally or not) that you can't look at the options actually presented by the class as currently written, and I have a narrow view.
I, personally, never liked the one-size-fits-all 1E cleric. The 2E cleric class was a big improvement, conceptually, since it allowed for the possibility that different religions had different types of clerics, with different spells, different abilities, and different restrictions. It also "officially" established the idea of worshipping a philosophy. But really, that idea had been around since 1E, with the introduction of the druid and ranger classes.