Page 2, 10th November 1939

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Page 2, 10th November 1939 — Latin and Eternal Life

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Latin and Eternal Life

SIR,—With all due deference to yet another " Master of Arts," I did not " put a knowledge of Latin on a level with Holy Communion," but merely used a comparison to show that lack of energy is not an excuse for defeatism. The hymn quoted may

indeed be as orthodox as " Why is thy face so lit with smiles "-though I personally can't see how even a tent-like tabernacle can be compared to a baby's cot containing a " playmate " for " any of the male sex " who have " played all the day "! Nor can I yet see why a little easy Latin cannot be imparted to the " little ones " of whose intelligence the Masters of Art have such a poor opinion.

In unnecessary condescension to the unlettered, our sentimentalists have produced a series of sugary infantilisms which are far more difficult to digest than the strong meat of the Liturgy. The " rich, warm covering of a hymn or two" recommended by W. Henry P. Boyd ' is much like the bill-stickers' sauce which incapable cooks pour over badly-prepared food!

The liturgical chants mentioned by His Lordship of Pella agree with the Action and accentuate its principal points. If too long, or followed by unnecessary Motets, they do indeed obscure the Action. That is why the Motu Proprio tried to regulate them!


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