Saturday, November 10, 2012

Pope Creates Pontifical Academy To Help Bring Latin Back

This rather huge news that happened today. See Pope Resurrects Latin With Academy to Boost Study

Pope Benedict issued a decree  to creatie a new pontifical academy for Latin studies to try to boost interest in the official language of the Church . This is a initial story and hope to find some more detailed Catholic media angles later.

Update- Much better initial article from Vatican Radio.


SJ Reidhead said...

Cool, even if I barely squeaked out of it in high school, and can't remember a darn thing.

I do, though frequently wonder if the Holy Father is a LSU fan. If not, is the Opinionated Catholic going where angels fear to tread? Now that the election is over, we have time for more philosophical pursuits, such as questions like this. He could, you know, be a Clemson fan.

The Pink Flamingo

Hugh N. Cry said...

Repugnance to Latin brought us here.

A Bishop’s “right and duty” of supervising the liturgy in His See.
By Hugh N. Cry

Canon 838.1 — The supervision of the sacred liturgy depends solely on the authority of the Church which resides in the Apostolic See and, in accord with the law, the diocesan bishop.

and furthermore,

Canon 839.2 — Local ordinaries are to see to it that the prayers and other pious and sacred exercises of the Christian people are fully in harmony with the norms of the Church.

Okay, that’s what Canon Law states. Let’s delve into the meat of it shall we? This means that local bishop, in accord with the Apostolic See, is responsible for the liturgy in his diocese. Let’s just concentrate on the Latin liturgy. Our present Holy Father has stated that when referring to the traditional Latin Mass (aka Tridentine Mass, Extraordinary Form), one cannot state that it is a different rite than the Novus Ordo Mass (aka Mass in the vernacular, Ordinary Form). Rather, it is to be considered another “form” of the same rite, hence, the Extraordinary Form of the Mass.1.
So, the two are of the same rite of the liturgy. That’s handy. One would conclude, therefore, that the local bishop should be able to supervise either of the two. Some questions, however, follow:
1. Has your local bishop celebrated the Extraordinary Form?
2. Has he sat in choro?
3. Has he voluntarily contacted local groups that promote the extraordinary form?
4. The Eucharistic Celebration is to be carried out in either the Latin language, or in another language provide the liturgical texts have been lawfully approved.3. Is your local bishop, let alone the average priest, well versed in Latin2., the official language of Holy Mother Church?

If the answer is No to any of these, how is the bishop able to fulfill his right and duty in accordance to his right and duty? If the bishop isn’t proficient in either form, then how is he able to govern? Too many times we adherents to the traditional Latin Mass have to suffer the indignation of those who are ignorant or remiss in their duty.

1. Letter to the bishops on the occasion of the publication of Summorum Pontificum.
2. Canon 249
3. Canon 928