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Breaking News - Latin Is Dead!

by Ian on January 28, 2007

In what sounds like a sour grapes interview from a Fr. Foster in the London Telegraph, comes this choice bit of anger: "He is not going to do it [allow greater use of the Tridentine Mass]," Fr Foster said. "He had trouble with Regensberg, and then trouble in Warsaw, and if he does this, all hell will break loose." In any case, he added: "It is a useless mass and the whole mentality is stupid. The idea of it is that things were better in the old days. It makes the Vatican look medieval."

Fr. Foster sounds like he still hasn't gotten over getting fired from the Gregorian University.

Also, the statement above makes no sense if Fr. Foster is truly as dedicated to the preservation of Latin as he claims while at the same time sounding a defeatist tone about it being used less and less frequently. Doesn't his attempt to preserve Latin make him look medieval?

For more analysis of the article, please visit the New Liturgical Movement.

Oh, and if you want to  help keep Latin from becoming extinct, we have a wide range of text books and apologias for Latin available.

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Philip Mella January 28, 2007 at 4:01 pm

Ian:

You may recognize my name as Nancy and I are good friends of your parents. I found your site because, like me, you signed the pledge to stop the Senate resolution against President Bush’s troop surge in Iraq.

At any rate, with respect to the Latin Mass: As someone who was an altar boy in the early 1960s and who had memorized the Mass in Latin decades ago, I have an intimate understanding of the solemn, reverent, and universal appeal it has for those whose primary focus is to move into closer proximity with God.

It also recalls a wonderfully apposite quote from the great Catholic apologist, G.K. Chesterton, from his “Autobiograpy” (1936):

“So far as a man may be proud of a religion rooted in humility, I am very proud of my religion; I am especially proud of those parts of it that are most commonly called ‘superstition.’ I am proud of being fettered by antiquated dogmas and enslaved by dead creeds, for I know vey well that it is the heretical creeds that are dead, and that it is only the reasonable dogma that lives long enough to be called antiquated.”

Yours in Christ,

Philip Mella
ClearCommentary.com

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Lynne January 29, 2007 at 11:44 am

Check out what Father Z had to say about this. He knows Father Foster personally…

http://wdtprs.com/blog/2007/01/fr-reginald-foster-tridentine-indult-not-going-to-happen/

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Mike January 29, 2007 at 10:14 pm

I respectfully disagree with the unfortunate and misinformed Fr. Foster.
Volo ut syntaxis mea splendescat in litore, veniente aestate!

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Ben January 30, 2007 at 8:50 am

Requiem Aeternam, Latin.

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