“Heart Language” is a term coined by the Wycliffe Bible Translators, and it means, “the language that you speak everyday, and thus, is familiar and loved by you.”
It in no way implies a lack of love or respect for any language.
Many of the WBT workers love language, thus their interest in preserving every language in the world, even those spoken by relatively small people groups (e.g., Plattdeutsch).
I don’t agree with some of the WBT theology and policies towards Catholics and anti-Catholicism, but I understand their passion for language. My husband has a minor in linguistics and considered working for WBT back when we were Protestant.
Much of your post demonstrates a heart-felt and deep love for Latin, classical music, and the traditional Church, and that’s OK. I chair a Youth Music Scholarship Competition that requires the competitors to perform at least one baroque or classical piece.
But for many people in the U.S., that passion isn’t there. The use of Latin and chant is something that they see only in horror movies (e.g., my husband and I are fans of the TV show “Midnight, Texas,” and the finale featured an evil Mass including Latin incantations and chant.).
Many people in the U.S. have NEVER read the Bible, know NOTHING about Jesus other than what they in movies like “Bruce Almighty” etc., and have NEVER been in any Christian church (or any other church, for that matter), other than for a funeral. And nowadays, even many Christians hold their funerals in the funeral home to save money.
I am not exaggerating. Fifteen years ago, when my daughters were in high school, one of their school mates was killed in a horrific car accident (he was drag racing), and the entire class (small school) attended the funeral at a Catholic Church. NONE of the students other than my daughters had EVER been in ANY church!
And when my older daughter was in Godspell at that same school, she had to teach the students—and the TEACHER/Director!–the song, “Jesus Loves Me, This I Know.” NONE of the students or the teacher had ever heard of that song!
So, IMO, it is vital that we present the Word of God, the Good News about Jesus, in a way that people can understand. I think the Latin Mass can be used by God to evangelize, but I think that, for the love of our fellow man, it is VITAL that we provide an easy-to-follow guide to that Mass and the translation of the Latin. Yes, the Mass is beautiful and mystical–and many of the people in this world, especially in the U.S., will equate this with the beauty and mystery of a sunset in the mountains, or a yoga class, or even a really good craft beer. People are so far away from God–we need to help them find their way back to Him and His Church (us).