Why is it Important That We Keep Latin as the Sacred Language of the Church?

1. Latin liturgical music/chant (some of which were created by arguably the greatest classical composers of all time) pull our minds toward God and the feeling to worship and adore him as opposed to modern music which appeals to making one feel good in and of itself.

2. Latin, in that it is a “dead language” cannot have meanings changed by its constant use in all settings in the vernacular of any particular country because it is strictly used in a sacred religious context. This in my opinion is absolutely important to keep its understanding constant. I am a physicist by education and we use a specialized language called mathematics and its meaning and application has not changed in hundreds if not thousands of years.  That is why scientist from around the world who do not speak the same secular language can share their findings through mathematics.  Christ said we must be perfect as His father in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48). If meanings are constantly changing, how can we avoid imperfect transmission of the ideas of what it take to be perfect?

3. The free flow of ideas, especially Roman Catholic religious ideas, can occur between at least the Catholic clergy of any nation, without ambiguity, plus, if as in the Middle Ages, a person form the laity were to learn it, they could also contribute to the religious discourse unambiguously.

4. Latin is not any one secular country’s vernacular and therefore has the effect of drawing all Catholics together (esprit de corps) in the good feeling and realization that they are a part of:     “. . . a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession…” (1 Peter 2:9).

5. Latin also has the effect of not alienating the people of any country when they are in any other country attending the sacred holy sacrifice of the mass, hearing that it is exactly the same as in any other country (except possibly for the homily.  This is a place where technology could come in handy, a voice to text to translated text so that foreigners could understand).

6. As a corollary of this over and above not alienating people, it creates unity and a feeling of solidarity between all Catholics among the peoples of the world (this is a good feeling helping us stay with the faith in the face of being beheaded, tortured and torn apart by animal for sport).

7. In that Jesus lived in a country ruled by the Romans, it is not outside the realm of possibility that at least one or two times, maybe even after the resurrection that He either actually celebrated the Eucharist in Latin, or, in His glorified state, was heard in Latin by His disciples (think of the conversion of a few thousand when the apostles were first inspired by the Holy Ghost and the people they spoke to all heard him in their own language – Acts 2:1-14) and one of those disciple actually recorded for the sacrificial celebration of the Eucharist the words in Latin that he heard.  The words in the Latin mass are conceivably exactly words our Savior used when He was alive and are actually his exact words as recorded in Luke 22:19 when He did the first Eucharistic consecration at the Last supper.

8. Our clergy cannot, anymore (i.e. unlike the Middle Ages when it was also the academic language), very easily be infected by heretical ideas outside of the church (of course heretics inside of the church have always been a problem and one of the biggest problems of today IMHO).  People outside of the church must take great pains to learn it and at least the number trying to attack the church based on arguments taking advantage of Latin and church culture will probably be limited to a few college professors who know Latin and have a strong interest in attacking the faith.

9. Certain Bible verses imply that the Jews must convert before the return of Jesus Christ in the second coming (Hosea 5:15, Matthew 23:39, Acts 3:19-20, Romans 11:15). The Jews, at the time of Jesus, thought that the Messiah would come from among them and lead them, a tiny dot of a civilization, to conquer the Romans. Well, Someone from among them did come and did completely conquer the Romans, so completely that the use of the Roman language by His follower is all that is left and if the catholic church keeps Latin as its sacred language, it will always be a clear indicator for those Jews who look with sincere hearts, that the Messiah did indeed conquer the mightiest country on the face of the earth at the time He lived without raising a weapon, God Himself conquered the Romans and they surrendered totally.

10. In a protestant church service the point is for the minister to lead the people and through his sermon to illicit a good feeling in the congregation, and in so doing bring them to feel good about their lives and about God, to become happy and acknowledge God as a good God due to the preachers preaching.  In the Holy Sacrifice of the Catholic mass, the priest, standing in the place of Christ, “Repeats” (this is the closest word, but in essence the priest co-sacrifices the Eucharist in the same timeless act that occurred on Calvary) Christ sacrifice on the alter in the Eucharist and brings Jesus Christ back to earth body, blood soul and divinity to be food for his people, so that essentially the mass is an action by the priest (to whom Romans 13:14 has a special meaning to “put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ” and Galatians 2:20 “And I live, now not I; but Christ liveth in me”)  who the people join with as an “other Christ” to offer a sacrifice to God.

11. Keeping the Latin also reminds us that God does not change (Hebrews 13:8). If we believe that Jesus Christ is God, that He is the Alpha and the Omega (revelation 22:13), then his dogmas and the things that He said are perfect and can never change.  So is it possible that what he said was wrong and in light of a new century or millennia should be changed?  Certainly, assuming He was only a man and not Almighty God, but if we believe, as Catholics, that Jesus Christ is Almighty God then his precepts and dogmas were, are and will forever be perfect and can only be reinforced and made clearer throughout time with us seeing the fullness of their perfect reasoning at the end of time.

12. Latin solves the problem created by the fall of the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11:1-9, giving the world, should they agree to take Christ as their King, a single language for the perfect society of the Catholic Church, to be used in perpetuity because of the papal bull Quo Premum of Pius V.

13. In the Latin mass, since a great majority of the people are not fluent in their use of Latin not to mention the technical nuances that produce a good liturgy, they cannot say that words should be changed because the meaning or the sound might be better this way or that, but leave it up to the clergy (which cannot change the mass canonized by Pius V, the Latin Mass any more anyway because of the papal bull Quo Primum. IMHO there is only one “nuance” worth considering in the technical make up of the ceremony used to worship God and that is God wants to be worship in precisely that way and in my mind the Latin Mass was the mass attended by 90% of the saints before the new mass of 1968 almost all the way back to the time of Christ. The new mass or Novus Ordo has produced at least 400 sexually abusive priests which Pope Benedict the XVI was forced to “fire” and numerous sexually abusive senior clergy like Cardinal McCarrick. Acts 5:39 says if it is of God you will not be able to stop them and the Latin mass is making a very strong comeback especially among young people).

14. There is about 2000 years of study and analysis of scripture in Latin, as well as great spiritual works such as the bible translated from multiple early sources into the vulgate by St. Jerome between 383 A.D. and 404 A.D. , St. Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologica, Bishop Peter Lombards Sentences as well as St. Thomas Moore’s works  which should be easily accessible to clergy to fortify their knowledge and help perpetuate and strength their ability to contribute to the salvation of souls through their spiritual guidance.

15. Finally, if, God forbid, we ever have another world war where some race like the Jews are persecuted with the goal of genocide, priests and religious of every country can again work together again as we did in WWII, to save them, taking advantage of the fact that they can all easily coordinate across all nations due to a common language understood by all clergy in the church from the pope to the lowliest priest.

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