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The use of Latin QUESTION from Chuck Pickard February 7, 1999
Is Latin still supposed to be used in certin parts of the mass?If so what parts? My parish does not have any latin at all in it,is this allowed. It is my understanding thar certin prayers were still to be said in latin,and just how important is this to the Catholic church in being one. Thank you, and may God Bless you in your work. Chuck P ANSWER by Mr. John Miskell on February 18, 1999
Dear Chuck, Thank you for your kind thoughts. Sorry about the delay in getting to your question. It was sent by the Web Master to an e-mail address which I rarely use anymore. Join the club. My parish doesn't use any Latin either. Yet, the Holy Father evidently has strong ideas about the use of Latin, but very sadly his wishes are being almost universally ignored in the United States. I'm frankly at a loss to try to explain why. Given that the liturgy is the school of the prayer of the church, it has been considered good to introduce and develop the use of the vernacular - without diminishing the use of Latin, retained by the council for the Latin rite so that every individual can understand and proclaim in his or her mother tongue the wonders of God. [John Paul II, On the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of the Liturgical Constitution, 1989] Pax et Bonum, John Miskell Back to Index Page

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