The Latin language,
which ties back to the inscription on the cross, ...
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." (Jn. 19:19-20)
...allows members of
the Church to pray 'in one voice' across the world. It also links us back to our
ancestors who prayed in Latin. This "beautiful & majestic" language, which has
been praised by popes & which safeguards doctrine, unites Catholics around the
globe and 'lifts us up from everyday interests and into a language of worship'.
Latin is called the 'language of heaven', and it is hated by the devil...
"If I speak
Latin, the demon responds to me in Latin. He has a horror of that
language." (Bishop Gemma, emphasis added)
There are also many
secular benefits of Latin (e.g. improving test scores, 'opening up a world of
classical literature', etc.).
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Church, precisely because it embraces all nations and is destined to endure
until the end of time...requires a language which is universal, immutable, and
non-vernacular." (Pope Pius XI, "Officiorum 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.)
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
"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
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