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If they’d write in decent Latin, things would be different!

The noted Latinist (and noted quirky personality) Fr. Reginald Foster, O.C.D., appeared in his regular feature on Vatican Radio (podcast link) Friday. Since Pope Benedict is making a state visit to Germany soon, the interviewer Sr. Veronica asked Fr. Foster to describe a famous battle between the Germans and the Roman Empire.
After describing the results of the battle (“the Germans beat the pants off of them”), he went on with some funny remarks about the expressiveness of Latin:

“You can say everything marvelously: except this

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They just don’t respect punctuation in England any more

The wimps at Oxford have made their Shorter English Dictionary slightly shorter by dropping most of the hyphens from compound nouns. I’d get all bent out of shape about it, but it’s not a surprise. The Brits have been minimizing their use of punctuation for years, dropping apostrophes from possessives and periods from abbreviations. Do they think they’re saving electrons?

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Foster: no indult coming?

Reginald Foster, OCD, on the state of Latin in the church and in Europe:

He condemned the loss of Latin teaching in schools across most of Europe, and said that as a result students were missing out on important elements of history. “Like classical music, Latin will always be there. If we cannot understand it, it is we who are losing out.”
Italy is, however, different: all schoolchildren, except those who attend technical colleges, must be taught Latin for at least four hours a week

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Belated: P. Suitbertus Siedl, OCD, requiescat in pace

I didn’t know until just now that Fr. Suitbertus Siedl, OCD, one of the Church’s great exponents of the Latin language, passed away last April. Fr. Siedl promoted the practice of Latin as a living spoken language through his annual Feriae Latinae (Latin Holidays), week-long full-immersion programs in Europe and the Americas. It’s good to see that the Feriae will continue this summer in France — the American branch met in Cuernavaca last summer too.
By the way, that Ephemeris (where the obit

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What?! Latin’s only dead if you don’t know it!

An audio clip: Vatican Latinist Fr. Reginald Foster gets hot under the collar at the mere suggestion.
(MP3, 0.5MB, 0:38)

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