January 5, 2013 (Romereports.com)
It is often considered a dead language, but often associated with culture, Latin
refuses to go extinct. Up until the 18th Century, scientific texts were published in Latin. Nowadays, its main use comes in Vatican
official documents, and in at least two radio stations, Finland's YLE
and Bremen Radio in Germany
But, according to the new secretary for the Pontifical Academy for Latin
, assuming that Latin is dead, is wrong.
Pontifical Academy for Latin“The Latin language is alive because many people study it, and it helps them cultivate their thoughts and better their lives. At the same time, it is a language that in some aspects of the written and spoken word, it is still in use.”
Latin has always had close ties to the Vatican Church. Though it is not longer common to hear a Mass in Latin, some of the words and terms are similar to today. For the Pontifical Academy for Latin, the language is best for theology.ROBERTO SPATARO
Pontifical Academy for Latin“It is a very democratic language because it is international. Latin has fixed structures and is particularly adept to express and set concepts within dogmatic theology. Latin is an aesthetically beautiful language, and when in use, it is the phonetic equivalent of ornate and harmonious architecture.”
The Pontifical Academy for Latin began their work on November 21.
It will organize scientific and educational events to promote the study of Latin. The academy will also offer language courses, host conference and artistic events, to show the language has not died.