Thursday, June 19, 2008

Lingua Latina Resurgit!

Coming soon to a Catholic parish near you -- the Latin Mass! Maybe...

Newsweek Magazine published an op-ed piece this week -- Latin Days Are Here Again? -- which discusses the "reform of the reform" of the liturgical changes made by Vatican II. Earlier this week The London Telegraph reported that "the traditional Latin to be reintroduced into every Roman Catholic parish in England and Wales" and that "Catholic congregations throughout the world will receive special instruction on how to appreciate the old services."

Newsweek seems pessimistic that the Latin Mass will be regularly available at all Catholic parishes, although quotes from the National Catholic Register seem to indicate that is indeed the ultimate goal. It's likely that Latin will again become a required course for all Catholic seminarians. A multi-media website, Sancta Missa, has been established by the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius, in cooperation with the Archdiocese of Chicago, to help educate priests and laity to learn the Latin Roman rite. Other sites that have information about the Latin Mass are the Latin Liturgy Association and Coalition Ecclesia Dei. Coalition Ecclesia Dei has an interesting graph on their site demonstrating the growth of the availability of the Latin Mass in recent years.