[quote=Deacon Ed]Just as a point of interest, in California all priests must be fluent in two languages, English and one other, usually Spanish, in order to be ordained. Because of our large Hispanic population it is necessry that the priests be able to communicate with people who may not speak, or be comfortable with, English. As a result, there is little or no time for Latin to be added to the curriculum.
To suggest that this is so they won’t know the real prayers is to make an uneducated guess where there is no evidence to support such a claim. I had the benefit of four years of Latin in High School plus Greek and Hebrew in graduate school and German in college. I don’t think there’s an American thing about knowing only one language operative here (although there certainly is in the general population). I made an effort when living in Europe to speak the language of the people regardless of where I was (with the exception of Greece where my ancient Greek was not understood by modern Greeks – even though I could read menus and newspapers).
I know a priest who reads Latin poets for pleasure, Greek playrights for a challenge and speaks Spanish, among other languages (he’s from Texas).
I know a former SSPX priest (now regularized) who is fluent in Latin, Spanish and English, and those are the languages I know about.
And, then there’s the TAC Bishop of Central America is Fluent inn Spanish, Latin and Koene Greek (No English, and my Spanish is mediocre at best - you should see the two of us trying to talk).
My Father Was fluent in English and Spanish and had a working knowledge of French, German and Koene Greek. And, my father-in-law from my first marriage was fluent in English, German, Modern Greek, Latin and Spanish.
And the list goes on fro there…
And the guys at the Seminary can’t learn Latin? Are you saying the guys I knew and know are smarter than the ones going through the Seminary?
Latin is the official language of the Church! If the guys I knew/know could learn the languages they knew, the seminarians could learn both Latin and Spanish.
In Christ, Michael