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"Pilate also had an inscription written and put on the cross. It read, 'Jesus the Nazorean, the King of the Jews.' Now many of the Jews read this inscription, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek. So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, 'Do not write 'The King of the Jews,' but that he said, 'I am the King of the Jews.'' Pilate answered, 'What I have written, I have written.'" (St. John, Jn. 19:19-22)

"Latin is the Church's living language" (Pope John XXIII, "Veterum Sapientia", 1962 A.D.)

"The use of the Latin language, with due respect to particular law, is to be preserved in the Latin rites." (Second Vatican Council)

"[C]are must be taken to ensure that the faithful may also be able to say or sing together in Latin those parts of the Ordinary of the Mass which pertain to them." (Second Vatican Council)

"If the Church is to remain truly the Catholic Church (that is, universal) it is essential to keep a universal tongue." (Cardinal Heenan, 1967 A.D.)

"In accordance with the age-old tradition of the Latin rite, the Latin language is to be retained by clerics in the divine office." (Second Vatican Council)

"[The Church] values especially the Greek and Latin languages in which wisdom itself is cloaked, as it were, in a vesture of gold." (Pope John XXIII, "Veterum Sapientia", 1962 A.D.)

"For the Church, precisely because it embraces all nations and is destined to endure until the end of time...requires a language which us universal, immutable, and non-vernacular." (Pope Pius XI, "Officorum Omnium", 1922 A.D.)

"The use of the Latin language, customary in a considerable portion of the Church, is a manifest and beautiful sign of unity, as well as an effective antidote for any corruption of doctrinal truth." (Pope Pius XII, "Mediator Dei", 1947 A.D.)

"Hatred for the Latin language is inborn in the heart of all the enemies of Rome. The recognize it as the bond of Catholics throughout the universe, as the arsenal of orthodoxy against the subtleties of the sectarian spirit. They consider it the most efficient weapon of the papacy." (Dom Gueranger)

"Finally, 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." (Pope John XXIII, "Veterum Sapientia", 1962 A.D.)

"The use of the Latin Language is, not metaphysically but historically, connatural to the Catholic Church, and is closely connected even in the poplar mind with things ecclesiastical. It also constitutes an important instrument and sign of historical continuity in the Church." (Amerio)

"The language proper to the Roman Church is Latin. Hence it is forbidden to sing anything whatever in the vernacular in solemn liturgical functions - much more to sing in the vernacular the variable or common parts of the Mass and Office." (Pope St. Pius X, "Inter Sollicitudines", 1903 A.D.)

"And We also, impelled by the weightiest of reasons - the same as those which prompted Our Predecessors and provincial synods - are fully determined to restore this language [that is, Latin] to its position of honor, and to do all We can to promote its study and use." (Pope John XXIII, "Veterum Sapientia", 1962 A.D.)

"It will be quite clear from these considerations why the Roman Pontiffs have so often extolled the excellence and importance of Latin, and why they have prescribed its study and use by the secular and regular clergy, forecasting the dangers that would result from its neglect." (Pope John XXIII, "Veterum Sapientia", 1962 A.D.)

"As it is, the Latin unites the Western Church together in one Catholic body with a union which is that of a family or a household. Every Catholic is at home in every Catholic church of the world. Moreover, the Latin keeps the whole Church in union with the See of Rome, the source and principle of Catholic unity." (Bishop Hedley)

"The employment of Latin has recently been contested in many quarters, and many are asking what the mind of the Apostolic See is in this matter. We have therefore decided to issue the timely directives contained in this document, so as to ensure that the ancient and uninterrupted use of Latin be maintained and, where necessary, restored." (Pope John XXIII, "Veterum Sapientia", 1962 A.D.)

"Catholicism was, as it were, born Aramaic, rapidly became Greek, and was then Latin for so many centuries that Latin has become connatural to it. To say that a language has become historically connatural to Christianity, is to say that it has adapted itself in many ways to the requirements of the Christian religion, and has been perfectly molded along the Church's lines." (Amerio)

"If anyone says that the rite of the Roman Church, according to which a part of the canon and the words of consecration are pronounced in a low tone, is to be condemned, or that the Mass ought to be celebrated in the vernacular only, or that water should not be mixed with the wine that is to be offered in the chalice because it is contrary to the institution of Christ: let him be anathema." (Council of Trent)

"Of its very nature Latin is most suitable for promoting every form of culture among peoples. It gives rise to no jealousies. It does not favor any one nation, but presents itself with equal impartiality to all and is equally acceptable to all. Nor must we overlook the characteristic nobility of Latin's formal structure. Its 'concise, varied and harmonious style, full of majesty and dignity' makes for singular clarity and impressiveness of expression." (Pope John XXIII, "Veterum Sapientia", 1962 A.D.)

"In addition, the Latin language 'can be called truly catholic.' It has been consecrated through constant use by the Apostolic See, the mother and teacher of all Churches, and must be esteemed 'a treasure...of incomparable worth'. It is a general passport to the proper understanding of the Christian writers of antiquity and the documents of the Church's teaching. It is also a most effective bond, binding the Church of today with that of the past and of the future in wonderful continuity." (Pope John XXIII, "Veterum Sapientia", 1962 A.D.)

"We must admit it is a master-blow of Protestantism to have declared war on the sacred language. If it should ever succeed in destroying it, it would be well on the way to victory. Exposed to profane gaze, like a virgin who has been violated, from that moment on, the Liturgy has lost much of its sacred character, and very soon people find that it is not worthwhile putting aside one's work or pleasure in order to go and listen to what is being said in the way one speaks in the marketplace" (Dom Gueranger) [Note: Of course one must remember that to miss Mass without sufficient cause is a grave sin.]

"Latin is the official language of the Catholic church in so far as it is the one whose use is hallowed by tradition and confirmed by experience in the headquarters work of the Church in the city of Rome. It is the language in which doctrine is defined and anything affecting the Church at large is recorded: all official acts of the Church are in that tongue and normally it is used in all correspondence and business with the Holy See and Curia. That a universal church must have a universal language is obvious..." (Catholic Dictionary)

"Wherever the study of Latin has suffered partial eclipse through the assimilation of the academic program to that which obtains in State public schools, with the result that the instruction given is no longer so thorough and well-grounded as formerly, there the traditional method of teaching this language shall be completely restored. Such is Our will, and there should be no doubt in anyone's mind about the necessity of keeping a strict watch over the course of studies followed by Church students" (Pope John XXIII, "Veterum Sapientia", 1962 A.D.)

Error CONDEMNED by Pope Pius VI in "Auctorem Fidei": "The proposition asserting that 'it would be against apostolic practice and the plans of God, unless easier ways were prepared for the people to unite their voice with that of the whole Church'; if understood to signify introducing of the use of popular language into the liturgical prayers, [is condemned as] false, rash, disturbing to the order prescribed for the celebration of the mysteries, easily productive of many evils." (Errors of the Synod of Pistoia, This error was condemned by Pope Pius VI in the Constitution "Auctorem Fidei", Aug. 28, 1794 A.D.) 

"But amid this variety of languages a primary place must surely be given to that language which had its origins in Latium, and later proved so admirable a means for the spreading of Christianity throughout the West. And since in God's special Providence this language united so many nations together under the authority of the Roman Empire - and that for so many centuries - it also became the rightful language of the Apostolic See. Preserved for posterity, it proved to be a bond of unity for the Christian peoples of Europe." (Pope John XXIII, "Veterum Sapientia", 1962 A.D.)

"We further commission the Sacred Congregation of Seminaries and Universities to prepare a syllabus for the teaching of Latin which all shall faithfully observe. The syllabus will be designed to give those who follow it an adequate understanding of the language and its use. Episcopal boards may indeed rearrange this syllabus if circumstances warrant, but they must never curtail it or alter its nature. Ordinaries may not take it upon themselves to put their own proposals into effect until these have been examined and approved by the Sacred Congregation." (Pope John XXIII, "Veterum Sapientia", 1962 A.D.)

"Latin is closely allied to Greek both in formal structure and in the importance of its extant writings. Hence - as Our Predecessors have frequently ordained - future ministers of the altar must be instructed in Greek in the lower and middle schools. Thus when they come to study the higher sciences - and especially if they are aiming for a degree in Sacred Scripture or theology - they will be enabled to follow the Greek sources of scholastic philosophy and understand them correctly; and not only these, but also the original texts of Sacred Scripture, the liturgy, and the sacred Fathers." (Pope John XXIII, "Veterum Sapientia", 1962 A.D.)

"Bishops and superiors-general of religious orders shall take pains to ensure that in their seminaries and in their schools where adolescents are trained for the priesthood, all shall studiously observe the Apostolic See's decision in this matter and obey these Our prescriptions most carefully. In the exercise of their paternal care they shall be on their guard lest anyone under their jurisdiction, eager for revolutionary changes, writes against the use of Latin in the teaching of the higher sacred studies or in the liturgy, or through prejudice makes light of the Holy See's will in this regard or interprets it falsely." (Pope John XXIII, "Veterum Sapientia", 1962 A.D.)

"It is without doubt elevating and inspiring to offer sacrifice and pray in the very language and in the very words, whose forcible yet sweet tones once resounded in the mouths of the primitive Christians and our forefathers in the dark depths of the Catacombs, in the golden areas of the ancient basilicas, and in the sumptuous cathedrals of the Middle Ages. In the Latin language of divine worship innumerable saints, bishops and priests of all times have offered [the holy] sacrifice [of the Mass], prayed, and sung... Should not this ancient Latin language of divine service, so venerable and hallowed in its origin and use, be extremely dear and precious to us, so that we would not for any price give it up or be deprived of it at the celebration of Holy Mass?" (Gihr)

"Since 'every Church must assemble round the Roman Church,' and since the Supreme Pontiffs have 'true episcopal power, ordinary and immediate, over each and every Church and each and every Pastor, as well as over the faithful' of every rite and language, it seems particularly desirable that the instrument of mutual communication be uniform and universal, especially between the Apostolic See and the Churches which use the same Latin rite. When, therefore, the Roman Pontiffs wish to instruct the Catholic world, or when the Congregations of the Roman Curia handle matters or draw up decrees which concern the whole body of the faithful, they invariably make use of Latin, for this is a maternal voice acceptable to countless nations." (Pope John XXIII, "Veterum Sapientia", 1962 A.D.)

"During the ages of faith, the Church (which is the only source of all true progress), succeeded in giving one common language to all the nations that were in union with her. For centuries, the Latin language was the bond of union between civilized countries. However distant these might be from one another, there was this link of connexion between them; it was the medium of communication for political negotiations, for the spread of science, or for friendly epistolary correspondence. No one was a stranger, in any part of the west, or even beyond it, who could speak this language. The great heresy of the sixteenth century robbed us of this as of so many other blessings; it dismembered that Europe which the Church had united, not only by her faith, but by her language." (Dom Gueranger)

"Furthermore, the Church's language must be not only universal but also immutable. Modern languages are liable to change, and no single one of them is superior to the others in authority. Thus if the truths of the Catholic Church were entrusted to an unspecified number of them, the meaning of these truths, varied as they are, would not be manifested to everyone with sufficient clarity and precision. There would, moreover, be no language which could serve as a common and constant norm by which to gauge the exact meaning of other renderings. But Latin is indeed such a language. It is set and unchanging. It has long since ceased to be affected by those alterations in the meaning of words which are the normal result of daily, popular use." (Pope John XXIII, "Veterum Sapientia", 1962 A.D.)

"In accordance with numerous previous instructions, the major sacred sciences shall be taught in Latin, which, as we know from many centuries of use, 'must be considered most suitable for explaining with the utmost facility and clarity the most difficult and profound ideas and concepts.' For apart from the fact that it has long since been enriched with a vocabulary of appropriate and unequivocal terms, best calculated to safeguard the integrity of the Catholic faith, it also serves in no slight measure to prune away useless verbiage. Hence professors of these sciences in universities or seminaries are required to speak Latin and to make use of textbooks written in Latin. If ignorance of Latin makes it difficult for some to obey these instructions, they shall gradually be replaced by professors who are suited to this task." (Pope John XXIII, "Veterum Sapientia", 1962 A.D.)

"The Latin language is consecrated by the mystic inscription attached to the Cross, as well as sanctified by the usage of nearly two thousand years, and hence is most closely interwoven with the primitive Roman Catholic liturgy of the holy sacrifice [of the Mass]. The inscription on the Cross: 'Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews' was written in Hebrew, Greek and Latin (Jn. 19:19-20). These were the three principal languages of that epoch, and by divine dispensation they were, so to say, destined and consecrated on the Cross for the liturgical use of the Church. Through the inscription on the Cross they proclaimed to the whole world the dignity, power and glory of the Redeemer, the loyalty and dominion of grace which He acquired by His bloody death; at the altar these languages continue to live throughout all ages, and to serve to announce and to celebrate until the end of time the death of Christ for our redemption" (Gihr)

"For these reasons the Apostolic See has always been at pains to preserve Latin, deeming it worthy of being used in the exercise of her teaching authority 'as the splendid vesture of her heavenly doctrine and sacred laws.' She further requires her sacred ministers to use it, for by so doing they are the better able, wherever they may be, to acquaint themselves with the mind of the Holy See on any matter, and communicate the more easily with Rome and with one another. Thus the 'knowledge and use of this language,' so intimately bound up with the Church's life, 'is important not so much on cultural or literary grounds, as for religious reasons.' These are the words of Our Predecessor Pius XI, who conducted a scientific inquiry into this whole subject, and indicated three qualities of the Latin language which harmonize to a remarkable degree with the Church's nature. 'For the Church, precisely because it embraces all nations and is destined to endure to the end of time...of its very nature requires a language which is universal, immutable, and non vernacular.'" (Pope John XXIII, "Veterum Sapientia", 1962 A.D.)

Also See: Against Mass in the Vernacular (Reflections) | Some Reasons For Saying Mass in Latin (Q & A) | Latin Language | Benefits of the Latin Language | Latin Language Facts & Pronunciation Tips | Latin Mass Facts | Latin Mass Information | Latin Mass & Catholic Tradition: Q & A | Definitions of Selected Latin Terms | Basic Latin Prayers & Other Prayers in Latin | The Rosary in Latin | English-Speakers Already Know Some Latin!

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