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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Nova et antiqua

I couldn't let this article pass without a mention. It seems that every couple of years Latin seems to "re-emerge." I really don't think it ever really disappeared. Rather, it seems to have been abandoned. I recall the words of the late champion of the lingua antiqua, Cardinal Silvio Oddi: "We should have never abandoned Latin."

As Blessed John XXIII (of happy memory) said: “The Catholic Church has a dignity far surpassing that of every merely human society, for it was founded by Christ the Lord. It is altogether fitting, therefore, that the language it uses should be noble, majestic and non-vernacular.” (Veterum Sapientia, 1962).

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