I didn’t want to post this until the Traditional Latin mass followers had their day. Since by now September 14 has come and gone, I’ll post now.
First, I don’t have anything against the Tridentine mass. Our Western Rite Orthodox use the Divine Liturgy of St. Gregory, which is basically the same, and I am fine with that (though I’m Arab and Eastern Rite).
I don’t have anything against Latin, or any liturgical language, per se, except when its appeal is smells and bells. It has to go farther.
Now, I saw a nun on EWTN say that “Latin is the love language of God speaking to His beloved the Church. We are just getting in on the conversation.”
A lovely thought, but also a silly one.
The Father doesn’t speak Latin.
The Son on earth didn’t speak Latin.
His mother didn’t speak Latin.
None of His disciples spoke Latin.
When the Holy Spirit came down, Latin was only one of the languages He spoke through the Apostles.
He did not speak through the writers of Scripture in Latin.
He did not speak through the Fathers of the Seven Ecumenical Councils in Latin.
He did not set the Creed in Latin.
When the Church moved on to Rome, she did not speak Latin.
All the early Popes of Rome up to Victor (end 2nd century) did not speak Latin.
The Divine Liturgy/Mass up until Victor was not in Latin. (hence the Kyrie eleison).
In the martyrdom of Perpetua, she speaks Latin, but those in heaven speak Greek.
Only after Romulus’ title of pontifex maximus was passed on from the Roman emperor to the Pope of Rome, did Rome get its Latin mass and Latin translation of the scriptures (under Damasus).
God spoke to the prophets in Hebrew, and inspired their translators in Greek. God made man spoke Aramaic (and maybe in His childhood Coptic), and his Chruch spoke Greek. At the Ecumenical Councils the 72 nations agreed on Greek texts.
So the idea of Latin being God’s love language is a novelty.