An Excellent Homily on the Use of Latin in the Mass

VSI is very grateful to Fr Brian Becker, pastor of St. Margaret Mary’s Church in Swannanoa, North Carolina, and Vocations Promoter for the Diocese of Charlotte, for his kind permission to share this video of the Mass celebrated at his church this past Sunday. The subject of his homily, which begins at 29:20, is the […]

Pope Benedict XVI’s Motu Proprio ‘Latina Lingua’

On this day in the year 2013, Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation of the Papacy went into effect, the first such resignation since the year 1415. He had declared his intention to resign more than two weeks earlier, on February 11th, during a public consistory planned to announce the canonizations of various Saints. As was only […]

The Apostolic Constitution ‘Veterum Sapientia’ (Part 3)

For our final consideration of Pope St John XXIII’s Apostolic Constitution Veterum Sapientia, the 60th anniversary of which is tomorrow, we take a look at some of the practical steps that His Holiness orders to be taken to promote the use and study of Latin. He begins by citing the provision of the 1917 Code […]

The Apostolic Constitution ‘Veterum Sapientia’ (Part 1)

Several years ago, the actor Bill Murray, who is a practicing Catholic, gave an interview to the British newspaper The Guardian, in which he spoke thus of the Church’s move away from the use of Latin after the Second Vatican Council. “One new saint he does approve of is Pope John XXIII (who died in […]

Praesidium Libertatis – the University of Leiden

On this day in the year 1575, the University of Leiden was founded, the first university within the territory of the modern state of the Netherlands. Its official name as given on its shield in Latin is “Academia Lugduno-Batava”; this comes from a long-held but mistaken belief that Leiden stands on the site of a […]