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Real Latin (letter)

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 Contents - Nov 2004AD2000 November 2004 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: The challenge for Christianity today - Peter Westmore
Ad limina: The Pope calls for strong leadership from New Zealand's Bishops - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
British Catholic writers call for a better Mass translation - AD2000 Report
Orthodoxy: Anglican Synod 2004: Are liberal Anglicanism's days numbered? - Rev Nigel Zimmerman
Deer Park: Transforming our secular culture: the role of women - Marcia Riordan
Liturgy: Ad-libbing in the Mass: Does it really matter? - John Young
Education: Where secular humanism is triumphing over the Gospel - Fr John Walter
Morning Mass: Finding some 'head space': an alternative approach - David Birch
Obituary: RIP Michael Davies - The passing of a true defender of the Faith - Michael Foley
Letters: The Passion of the Christ (letter) - Arnold Jago
Letters: Abortion issue (letter) - Greg Byrne
Letters: Reporting abuses (letter) - E. Makaus
Letters: Real Latin (letter) - Matt Bruekers
Letters: Pastoral problems (letter) - Fr Frank Brennan SJ
Letters: Crisis of faith (letter) - Errol P. Duke
Letters: Young Catholics (letter) - Nola Viney
Letters: State Aid (letter) - George Caruana JP
Letters: Archbishop Mannix and State Aid (letter) - T.A. Rigg
Letters: Extraordinary ministers of Communion (letter) - Leon Voesenek
Letters: Unchanging Mass? (letter) - Fr G.H. Duggan SM
Letters: Church teaching (letter) - Carmel Pittari
Events: 4 Dec 2004 - International Movement of Catholic Students Australia (Victoria)
Books: MARRIAGE UNDER FIRE, by James Dobson - Bill Muehlenberg (reviewer)
Books: From East to West You Gather a People, by Fr Russell Hardiman - Brian Peachey (reviewer)
Books: More new titles from AD Books
Reflection: Saint Francis and the universal call to holiness - Fr Sebastian Camilleri OFM

At first I was inclined to agree with Angus Sibley. My mind went back to 1952 when I arrived in West Australia as a European migrant and went to Mass at the Cathedral Church of Perth.

I had had a discussion with a fellow-lodger, a Protestant, who had gone to a Presbyterian service on the previous Sunday and told me he wouldn't be going back there, because he hadn't understood a word. I felt sincerely sorry for him and was pleased that Latin was the same everywhere, so I wouldn't have the same problem.

But at Mass I got exactly what Angus Sibley is proposing: a "little Latin" and a big serve of an Anglo-Saxon version of Latin. It was the sort of Latin that makes a Frenchman cringe and caused Otto von Bismarck, after he took time off to study English, to remark to a friend: "English is a language in which the word 'elephant' is written as 'rhinoceros', and spoken as 'camel'."

Let us hope that when Latin ever gets restored to the liturgy, it will be real Latin.

MATT BRUEKERS
Lesmurdie, WA

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 17 No 10 (November 2004), p. 14

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