Friday, February 27, 2004

Vatican: use and teach Latin again
Deo gratias. This is good because the precision of Latin, a frozen or dead language, is a good standard with which to measure all vernacular texts, just like the platinum-iridium metre stick that used to be kept in Paris was the standard metre for everybody using that system. (The modern standard, since 1960, sounds Star Wars cool: 'a multiple of the wavelength of the red krypton atomic line'. The same idea - über-precision - only better!) Can't get away with heresy that way. I suppose similarly any Eastern Orthodox or Byzantine Catholic theologian should be required to master mediæval Greek and Slavonic, even if they aren't used liturgically (in many places they are). I imagine all Christian theologians have to know koine Greek, the original language of the New Testament.

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