Pope Out

I know I just said that I would try to limit the articles this week so we can rest and catch up, but this one article is worth publishing so here it is:

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he would resign Feb. 28 — the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. The decision sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before the end of March.

The 85-year-old pope announced his decision in Latin during a meeting of Vatican cardinals on Monday morning.

Asked why he announced his decision in Latin, the Pope responded in German, “It has come to my attention that Latin is experiencing a rebirth of sorts in the world. It has become a language in transition, proving, as I and many of my homeboy bishops often like to say, that God does marvelous things. In particular, there are number of kick-ass young teachers in the U.S. who are unlocking major doors into traditions and writings and histories that we thought up to this point were sealed from us in their precious original forms forever. The bridge to the past is getting shorter. I just think that is very badass, and so I wanted to polish up and show off some of my own Latin a little bit in making this announcement.”

[Ed. note: OK I made up the last paragraph…the rest of the article is from The Huffington Post]




13 thoughts on “Pope Out”

  1. Haha….. I like that. As I heard this news on my way to school this morning, I thought about all those latin teachers on this PLC as well…… It’ll make for some interesting class conversations.
    But WOW he made the speech in Latin and not German, words speak louder than actions here. What a great testimony that Latin is a language still spoken by a few but worth spreading to the many….

    1. I love hearing this from you guys! Latin has so much to offer and it shouldn’t be locked up. It is an awesome time! I am attending a spoken Latin workshop in a few weeks and am thrilled.

      I wanted to say that I have been more excited about Latin this year than I have in more than 15 years. I am pumped! Thanks to you all, especially Bob Patrick, David Maust, John Piazza, Ben Slavic et al. It’s because of you guys that others even consider this possible. BADDASS, TRULY BADASS!

  2. Dude, you had me going there for the first couple sentences. Thanks a lot, that made my morning.

    And I agree with Jeff, since I started doing CI stuff in Latin it really has made me love my job, the language and my relationships with students and colleagues so much more. My thanks to all on this blog for that too.

    Vale, David

      1. I meant that in jest, by the way. I respect the late Mr. Hitchen’s opinion. I shouldn’t have responded with such haste and sarcasm. If I could edit the comment, I would. pax vobiscum. 🙂

  3. With CI methods Latin does indeed feel alive in the classroom. I used to think that was just something nice to say, but now I FEEL it. And my students are coming to sense it too, I think. Like the difference between “edit” and “edere vult” and between “necat” and “necare vult.” It just FEELS absolutely amazing, like everyone knows what’s going on and the difference between doing something and wanting to do something and how it all SOUNDS and FEELS. Anyway, rant over. lingua Latina vivit!

    1. …everyone knows what’s going on and the difference between doing something and wanting to do something and how it all SOUNDS and FEELS….

      That’s closer to what language is. It’s so much more than we think.

  4. I also heard the report this morning, and thought of “all my Latin peeps from my posse!”

    So, was the announcement comprehensible enough to use in class? Just wondering, because it’s not every day that there is real live audio on NPR (or any radio station that I can think of) of someone making an announcement in Latin.

    Oh, and Ben…great second paragraph. I love it! You should send it in to Huff. Post 😉

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