I’m sorry, but sometimes my patience simply runs out. Someone send up the fireworks that a parish is going to teacher the Our Father in Latin, something every third grade parochial school child could do phonetically 45 years ago, when I learned it. The problem in the US church is that a lot of people never got past the phonetic pronunciation. Even the seminarians who said the Pater Noster with the Pope on his last visit to Baltimore couldn’t do much better than “Pah-tehr Naw-stehr” at approximately half speed, as though they were reciting the “E Plebnista” from the Star Trek episode The Omega Glory.
Learning Latin is a serious business and is not accomplished even in its rudiments in a day. And while there are many (especially trained singers) who can handle the ordinary and perhaps a bit more phonetically, that is about as far as even modern educated Catholics, in the US even priests, who do not make a special study ever get.
Pater noster, qui es in caelis,
Sanctificetur nomen tuum.
Adveniat regnum tuum.
Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in caelo et in terra.
Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie,
Et dimitte nobis debita nostra,
Sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris.
Et ne nos inducas in tentationem,
Sed libera nos a malo.