Why the Bishops hate Latin
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(04-20-2010, 06:40 AM)glgas Wrote:
(04-19-2010, 08:27 PM)littlerose Wrote: Latin used to be taught in high school and altar boys learned it from the very beginning.

When I was in hihgh school most college-bound students, including non-Catholics, had to take Latin.  That included Virgil and the Roman writers, non-liturgical Latin.

I did not learned Latin in the High School, and except for the few responses no one required me to lo learn Latin as an altar server (in the forties).  I learned 8 years of Russian in Middle and High school (4-4-4 system) with zero result of real knowledge of Russian. We learned grammar, and a few words unusable even to shop on the street, or ask for direction. My son learned six years of Spanish over here in the Middle and High school, also with zero result.

When I get to the seminary our class was 12 students, about half of them learned Latin for 4 years in Church high schools, the other half did not. After a year there was no difference on the knowledge related to the previous experience with Latin, but there was significant age related difference.

I personally believe that high school should teach Latin, not for the language itself, but to teach the disciplined grammar, which unfortunately is missing for the English. As for the priests, the Latin is necessary for the elite, who will be teachers, and need higher knowledge; for the rest it is better not put unbearable weight on them. It is better to concentrate on the Philosophy, Biblical studies, Dogmatics and Moraltheology than on the language.

But the crucial point you hit is the age.  We need to  keep Latin in the younger years, at least one or two semesters of it. Then in the older years the ones who need it can more easily pick it up from what they already learned..
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Why the Bishops hate Latin - by Augstine Baker - 04-19-2010, 10:08 AM
Re: Why the Bishops hate Latin - by littlerose - 04-19-2010, 10:55 AM
Re: Why the Bishops hate Latin - by trident59 - 04-19-2010, 12:07 PM
Re: Why the Bishops hate Latin - by Petertherock - 04-19-2010, 01:45 PM
Re: Why the Bishops hate Latin - by SLCFranciscan - 04-19-2010, 04:54 PM
Re: Why the Bishops hate Latin - by Credo - 04-19-2010, 05:14 PM
Re: Why the Bishops hate Latin - by littlerose - 04-19-2010, 06:31 PM
Re: Why the Bishops hate Latin - by glgas - 04-19-2010, 07:51 PM
Re: Why the Bishops hate Latin - by littlerose - 04-19-2010, 08:27 PM
Re: Why the Bishops hate Latin - by newtolatin - 04-19-2010, 09:46 PM
Re: Why the Bishops hate Latin - by arashijing - 04-20-2010, 03:53 AM
Re: Why the Bishops hate Latin - by glgas - 04-20-2010, 06:40 AM
Re: Why the Bishops hate Latin - by Petertherock - 04-20-2010, 11:24 AM
Re: Why the Bishops hate Latin - by littlerose - 04-20-2010, 12:00 PM
Re: Why the Bishops hate Latin - by salus - 04-20-2010, 01:28 PM
Re: Why the Bishops hate Latin - by littlerose - 04-20-2010, 02:47 PM
Re: Why the Bishops hate Latin - by mike6240 - 04-20-2010, 03:22 PM
Re: Why the Bishops hate Latin - by glgas - 04-20-2010, 04:59 PM
Re: Why the Bishops hate Latin - by Mhoram - 04-20-2010, 06:03 PM
Re: Why the Bishops hate Latin - by salus - 04-20-2010, 07:51 PM
Re: Why the Bishops hate Latin - by salus - 04-20-2010, 09:52 PM
Re: Why the Bishops hate Latin - by littlerose - 04-20-2010, 11:18 PM
Re: Why the Bishops hate Latin - by glgas - 04-22-2010, 06:09 AM
Re: Why the Bishops hate Latin - by ardens - 04-24-2010, 01:51 AM
Re: Why the Bishops hate Latin - by ardens - 04-29-2010, 04:51 AM
Re: Why the Bishops hate Latin - by Historian - 04-29-2010, 03:55 PM
Re: Why the Bishops hate Latin - by Roger Buck - 05-01-2010, 02:33 PM
Re: Why the Bishops hate Latin - by Mhoram - 05-01-2010, 02:50 PM
Re: Why the Bishops hate Latin - by JayneK - 05-01-2010, 03:02 PM
Re: Why the Bishops hate Latin - by franklinf - 05-01-2010, 03:43 PM
Re: Why the Bishops hate Latin - by Mhoram - 05-01-2010, 03:49 PM
Re: Why the Bishops hate Latin - by JayneK - 05-01-2010, 04:40 PM
Re: Why the Bishops hate Latin - by ardens - 05-01-2010, 04:51 PM
Re: Why the Bishops hate Latin - by franklinf - 05-01-2010, 05:23 PM
Re: Why the Bishops hate Latin - by Mhoram - 05-01-2010, 06:37 PM
Re: Why the Bishops hate Latin - by Historian - 05-02-2010, 09:10 AM
Re: Why the Bishops hate Latin - by Roger Buck - 05-02-2010, 09:50 AM
Re: Why the Bishops hate Latin - by Historian - 05-02-2010, 01:31 PM
Re: Why the Bishops hate Latin - by glgas - 05-04-2010, 12:55 PM
Re: Why the Bishops hate Latin - by CrusaderKing - 05-04-2010, 06:38 PM
Re: Why the Bishops hate Latin - by ardens - 05-05-2010, 03:08 AM



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