“For the Church, precisely because it embraces all nations and is destined to endure until the end of time … of its very nature requires a language that is universal, immutable, and nonvernacular” (Pope Pius XI, Officiorum Omnium, 1922).
It may seem odd for an institute devoted to Biblical Studies to offer a course in a non-Biblical language, and yet there is something in the study of Latin that is quite fitting to a Roman Catholic’s understanding of Scripture. Not only does Latin provide “an imposing sign of unity” by linking us both through time to great fathers (Augustine, Jerome, Gregory, et al.) and through space to the “Church, spread throughout the world,” but it also affords “an effective safeguard against the corruptions of true doctrine” (Pope Pius XII, Mediator Dei, 1947) through its precision, long-standing theological tradition, and status as a “dead” (i.e., stable and unevolving) language. The Western Church has, since the early centuries, lived, breathed, thought, and worshiped in the Roman tongue. For these reasons, “the Latin language is assuredly worthy of being defended with great care instead of being scorned; for the Latin Church it is the most abundant source of Christian civilization and the richest treasury of piety…. We must not hold in low esteem these traditions of your fathers, which were your glory for centuries” (Pope Paul VI, Sacrificium Laudis, 1966).
We are excited to bring in Mike Katalenich, Latin and Philosophy teacher at Pius X High School, to teach this most sacred and very Catholic language. Because language study is cumulative and requires time, we are offering Latin 1 as a “year-long” course of study: 10 weeks in the Fall quarter (Introduction to Latin Grammar A, $200); 5 weeks in the Winter interterm (Introduction to Latin Grammar B, $100); and 10 more weeks in the Spring quarter (Introduction to Latin Grammar C, $200). Students are, of course, able to register for each section separately, but we really do recommend committing to an entire “school year” of study. Latin 1 will cover the essentials, while a future Latin 2 course (Fall 2023 - Spring 2024) will complete the course of study.
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