Latin was almost abandoned in the Church

Following the Second Vatican Council, the use of Latin almost disappeared over night. It was as if a tsunami swept over the Church and removed every semblance of Latin. However, that was not the intention of the Fathers of Vatican II. In the very first document of the Council, entitled Sacrosanctum Concilium, they wrote: “The use of the Latin language … is to be preserved in the Latin rites.” (the Constitution onf the Sacred Liturgy, para. 36.1)

As if a prophet, Venerable Pope Pius XII wrote: “For the Church, precisely because it embraces all nations and is destined to endure until the end of time … of its very nature requires a language that is universal, immutable, and non-vernacular.” Pope Pius XI, Officiorum Omnium, 1922

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