[quote=DavidB]Realizing I’m going to be stepping on lots of toes with this . . . originally, Latin was chosen as the language of the Church because it was supposedly the “universal” language. The goal seemed honorable, yet it never really was universal since most of the laity never could understand a single word being spoken, it was only the educated who knew what was going on, thus, in reality, it led to distancing the people from their faith.
Today, Latin is nearly dead. No one outside of some Catholic clergy and a few obscure scholars speak Latin, so it’s the least viable means to use as a unifier. If the Pope truly wanted to unify the faithful, he would recommend prayers be memorized in English, that is the closest thing to a universal language the world has ever had since pre-Babel days.
I think that is an excellent point. Suggesting that people memorize prayers in Latin is a waste of time, because few people will actually do it, and in the end, it will not accomplish the stated goal of unity.
I took 4 years of classical Latin in school, so I have nothing against it. I kind of enjoy hearing it, it’s like an old friend.