Pope sets up pontifical Latin Academy

November 26, 2012

Pope Benedict has established the Pontifical Academy of Latinity to promote the study of the Latin language and culture, and not just within the Catholic Church.

For more than 1,000 years, the Catholic Church has been the custodian and promoter of Latin “both in the theological and liturgical spheres as well as in the area of the formation and transmission of knowledge,” the pope wrote Nov. 10 in the document establishing the Latin academy.

The new academy, he said, should promote the study of Latin, particularly in Catholic schools, universities and seminaries, helping young generations learn Latin.

The pope said serious studies of theology, liturgy, the Church fathers and canon law require knowledge of Latin because most of the basic sources in all those fields were written in Latin.