Wednesday, October 18, 2006

The Pope's Latinist

Catholic News Agency has reported a story, Famous Latinist fired from Jesuit-run Gregorian University, announces new school which details the firing of Fr. Reginald Foster.

Catholic News Service's story on the same suggests he was not fired, but that 2 days prior to his Latin courses being set to go for another year, he was informed they were suspended.

What is significant in this is not why this happened, but rather the fact that Fr. Foster has announced his intention to found a new Latin institute in the city of Rome that will offer the teaching of Latin for free.

CNS concludes their article with this note: "Father Foster also stars in a short weekly Vatican Radio feature called, "The Latin Lover," in which he extols the beauty of Latin and often laments its decline in the church."

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