Latin–A Point of Contention

A response to ‘Latin means centralisation’ – Southern Cross December 12, 2012.

Mr. Hicky, you betray your motive! You begin by explicating the rights and wrongs of Latin grammar as used in a recent edition of the Southern Cross and then immediately launch into a rather disparaging and disconnected tirade, excoriating both the Latin language and the Vatican! For someone seemingly hell bent on denigrating the Latin language, Mr. Hicky shows a remarkable profundity on the subject – one wonders why?

Hicky infers some Machiavellian conspiracy underpinning the innocuous promotion of Latin learning; it would be interesting to know where in that article Mr. Hicky found support for his theory. The extrapolation from promoting the learning of Latin to it being a cover for further centralisation of the faith and enforcing Latin as the universal means of communication within the Church is inane.

It seems to me that promotion of Latin, as covered in the article in question, is a preventative measure aimed at ensuring that the treasures of the past are not lost – after all for countless centuries, canon law, theology and in particular the discourse of the Fathers was in Latin and Greek. In my mind this makes this a laudable exercise in the preservation of a priceless theological and spiritual resource.

Rather than make condescending remarks of our African priests, perhaps Mr. Hicky would do well to read the article a little more closely!


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I am a married Catholic who is interested in Theology, History, Philosophy and the search for truth. I also have a penchant for photography.
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