So Pope Benedict XVI is considering a proposal that would allow Roman Catholic churches to return to the Tridentine, or Latin, mass, which was restricted after Vatican II. (Tridentine: all of the liturgy, none of the cavities? No. It's pronunced tridden-TINE, and it means "of Trent," referring to the 16th-century Council of Trent.)
The problem: in the four decades since the Second Vatican, few priests and fewer parishioners have learned or remembered Latin. For them I offer a totally irreverent antidote: these handy phrases for modern Latin lovers from Henry Beard's Latin for All Occasions, including:
- I did call. Maybe your answering machine is broken.
Sane ego te vocavi. Forsitan capedictum tuum desit.
- Garbage in, garbage out.
Purgamentum init, exit purgamentum.
- Listen, would you repeat everything you just told me, only this time say it in English?
Heus, modo itera omnia quae mihi nunc nuper narravisti, sed nunc Anglice?
- Oh! Was I speaking Latin again?
Vah! Denuone Latine loquebar?
- Silly me. Sometimes it just sort of slips out.
Me ineptum. Interdum modo elabitur.
- Read my lips.
- A done deal