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

and answers.

"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..."


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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