Why the Bishops hate Latin
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When I was a kid we just learned the short phrases and gradually a few of the regular prayers in the younger grades, but it certainly provided a foundation. The boys took Latin for altar boys from about fourth grade, i think.  It not only was good for their brains, the fact that it was somethig special for them (not allowed to girls) at that time when girls are growing faster, it helped them a lot.  In those days sex-ed did not start until 7th grade and so you had that lag when boys and girls were just beginning to separate and the boys feeling awkward while the girls tended to excel in academics.  The boys had time in their Latin class so that even the non-athletic boys could excel, and I also think that the continuous connection as a group may have provided protection against weak priests because if a priest got "queer" with them, they could pick up on it and talk among themselves and tell their parents more easily.

Frankly, I do remember one of my brothers refusing to have anything to do with a certain seminarian and as soon as word got out that some boys did not want to attend practice with him, the pastor was called and that seminarian was gone. 

You can criticize the bishops, but in the end it is the people at the parish level who always have to have an eye out, anyway, and the Latin classes were a good way for the boys and men to keep an eye out for trouble in the parish.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Re: Why the Bishops hate Latin - by Mhoram - 05-01-2010, 03:49 PM
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Re: Why the Bishops hate Latin - by Historian - 05-02-2010, 09:10 AM
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Re: Why the Bishops hate Latin - by glgas - 05-04-2010, 12:55 PM
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