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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Latin is not a dead language, at least if Pope Benedict gets its way. He created a new Vatican academy to promote the study and knowledge of Latin in the church and in society. By Alessandro Speciale

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  1. “He is convinced that a perceived crisis in Catholic theology is in part consequence of abandoning a thorough study of Latin.”

    Granted, I’m not Catholic, but I hardly think that encouraging (or eventually “requiring”) Catholics to speak Latin is going to solve the RCC’s multitude of problems.

    “In fact, even as the Second Vatican Council of the 1960s authorized the translation of Mass and other church rites into local languages, Latin remains the official language of the church. ”

    Hmm…..a faith that is desperately trying to remain relevant in the 21st century still designates a dead language as its official language that went out of use in, I’ll guess, around the 15th century.. Maybe the Pope should rethink this strategy.