Sunday, July 08, 2007


Ad Deum Qui Laetificat Juventutem Meam

Pope Benedict XVI has issued Summorum Pontificum, which grants priests the right to celebrate Mass in Latin using the 1962 Roman Missal. See Fr. John Zuhlsdorf for the text of Summorum Pontificum, with a translation and perspicacious commentary.

As a young altar boy before the Second Vatican Council, I knew much of the Latin Mass by heart. We didn't mumble or slur the Latin responses. Our parish priest, Fr. Daniel J. Honan, insisted on a clear pronunciation. Fr. Honan was a fine Latinist. He was a former high school Latin teacher, and he translated books 17-22 of St. Augustine's City of God for the Catholic University of America's Fathers of the Church series. He was the first learned man of my acquaintance and an inspiration to me.

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