BASIC R.C. BELIEF
For centuries, the only liturgical language of the Roman Catholic Church,
and claimed to prove the universality of the Church.
The Catholic Church, which "never changes", put out an authoritative (but
not infallible) book in 1913. It was written by Priest Joseph Baierl and
published by The Seminary Press complete with Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur.
The book explains "The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass" in the form of questions
"Q: Why does the Church continue to use a dead language in the divine
service? A: (Latin) is a dead language and consequently does not change its
form and meaning. A living language is continually changing. If we were to
use a living language in the divine service, all sorts of errors and false
meanings might creep in..."
POST VATICAN II
When Paul VI authorized Mass in the vernacular (4/3/69), Traditionalists
were greatly disturbed. One group even stated that Paul VI was Anti-Christ,
having committed the abomination of desolations (Ch. of St. Joseph, Cicero,
IL, Church bulletin, 7/30/72).
With ecclesiastical permission, Latin may be used in the New Mass. The
Old Mass in Latin was authorized for use in certain circumstances by Pope
John Paul II in 1984.
Traditionalists who, without papal permission, use the Old Mass, use
Traditional Roman Catholics say that the New Mass (in English here) is
not valid; Karl Keating says both English Mass and Latin Mass are valid.
When Latin was used, it was said (by a Roman Catholic Bishop) that one
could go to Mass anywhere in the world and understand it as little as he
understood it at home.
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