Saturday, September 30, 2006

"Living with a Dead Language"

A friend sent me this link to an article about Fr. Reginald Foster, Carmelite monk and senior Vatican Latinist. He is a rarity: a Spirit-of-Vatican-II priest who loves Latin.

He is a real character, and is a regular on Vatican Radio. Here is his latest "Latin Lover" segment, which is on translating Deus Caritas Est into Latin. He amusingly rants against modern phraseology that is untranslatable into Latin. Fr. Foster also states that the Renaissance threw out the Medieval Latin of Thomas Aquinas in favor of the classical Roman Cicero, which, he thinks, killed the use of Latin as a living language.

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