our mother tongue

By Diogenes ( articles ) | Apr 20, 2005

Nobody else has commented, so I will:

When he was introduced to the people of Rome, as the new Bishop of Rome, Pope Benedict XVI spoke, appropriately enough, in the language of contemporary Rome: Italian. (There were plenty of non-Romans in St. Peter's Square, I know; that's another story.)

Today, speaking to the College of Cardinals-- the representatives of the universal Church-- the Pope spoke in the language of the universal Church: Latin.

When was the last time you heard a Pope preach in Latin? If you're anywhere short of middle age, the answer is: never.

Res ipsa loquitur.

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