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What does "persecute with cups" refer to in Augustine's first homily on 1 John?

“Calcibus” is the ablative or dative plural of calx, which means “limestone” (from which we get the term “calcium”) or, alternatively, “heel.” I believe the translator mistook “calcibus” for “...
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Who are David and Sibyls in the first stanza of Dies Iræ?

Dies Irae is a Latin hymn or sequence prescribed for the Roman Catholic Requiem Mass (Mass for the Dead or Funeral Mass) as well as on the Feast of All Souls (November 2) until the liturgical reforms ...
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Does the Pope's encyclical Laudato si' have a Latin version?

There is now an official Latin version. Encyclicals are always published in the Holy See’s official journal, Acta Apostolicae Sedis. Laudato si’ can be found in volume 107, no. 9, published in 2015.
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Why does the Catholic Church teach that Noah's ark was "complete in one cubit"?

It means that it was made perfectly, according to God's specifications / will. "In uno cubito consummata" means accomplished/completed/finished/perfected exactly, to a single cubit, "to ...
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Do Anglicans use Latin anymore? If so, how much and for what?

Anglicans do not use Latin for any form of normal worship service or for any normal purposes. The 24th article of the foundational articles of the Anglican church states: It is a thing plainly ...
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Why did the Catholic Church adopt the use of Latin, the language of the crucifiers of Jesus?

Why has the Catholic Church adopted the use of Latin, the language of the crucifiers of Jesus? Before going on I would simply like to point out two things. First of all that the Language that ...
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Missing work of St. Augustine in Latin?

Though it was historically attributed to Augustine, this letter was actually written by Fulgentius of Ruspe in the early 6th century. It appears in English in volume 95 of the series The Fathers of ...
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Hallelujah vs Alleluia

Hallelujah is used 4 times in the NT, all of which are in Revelation 19:1-6 (see GotQuestions). The Greek word used is Ἁλληλουϊά, which transliterates most directly to Hallélouia or also to Hallelujah....
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Who are David and Sibyls in the first stanza of Dies Iræ?

According to both Wikipedia and the 1913 Catholic Encyclopedia, most academics who have studied the "Dies Irae" attribute it to the Franciscan priest Thomas of Celano, who lived in the first half of ...
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Why did the Catholic Church adopt the use of Latin, the language of the crucifiers of Jesus?

Just like English, French, and German are the languages of choice in Protestant seminaries starting in the 19th centuries because the scholars speak those languages, the Western half of the Roman ...
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How well do Catholics in the USA know Latin?

How well do Catholics in the USA know Latin? How well do Catholics in the USA and other countries speak Latin? Generally speaking, Catholics have a very poor working knowledge of Latin, while many ...
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Greek or any other language New Testament edition or document(s) predating the Old Latin (Vetus Latina) translation?

None of the original manuscripts (autographs) of the New Testament (or Old Testament) are extant. Manuscripts The oldest known New Testament manuscript is P52, a small-fragment of the Gospel of John (...
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Why are missionary priests allowed to fumble over liturgies in the vernacular?

Why are missionary priests allowed to fumble over liturgies in the vernacular? I could also ask the question: Why are traditional priests allowed to fumble over liturgies in Latin? The problem here ...
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What's the reason behind St. Thomas Aquinas word choice "angelicus" in the hymn "Panis angelicus"?

What's the reason behind St. Thomas Aquinas word choice "angelicus" in the hymn "Panis angelicus"? The reason is quite simple. It involves a little bit of a mistranslation as well ...
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Why did the Catholic Church adopt the use of Latin, the language of the crucifiers of Jesus?

The Latin language was sanctified by being nailed to the Holy Cross along with Hebrew and Greek: Luke 23:38And there was also a superscription written over him in letters of Greek and Latin and ...
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Did Greek weigh more heavily on Bible study than Latin historically, while it is the opposite today?

As curiousdannii commented, “People learn Latin to study medieval theologians. People learn Greek to study the New Testament itself.” Although studying Greek may no longer be as important today, any ...
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Should the Catholic rosary be recited in Latin or the vernacular language?

Should the Catholic rosary be recited in Latin or the vernacular language? In short, it is a personal choice! Not being part of the Sacred Liturgy of the Church, one has always been quite free to say ...
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What is the reasoning for Latin being the official language of Catholic Mass?

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass: Dogmatically, Liturgically and Ascetically Explained (1902) by Fr. Nikolaus Gihr writes in the first footnote of §32, "The Language Used in the Celebration of the ...
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Is Latin considered a holy language in the Catholic Church?

I would like to be more explicit on the content of the Apostolic Constitution Veterum Sapientia, which Ben mentions above. This document, written by Pope John XXIII in 1962, and subtitled "On the ...
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Tridentine Latin Mass in Hebrew?

From the link you gave: "In February, a report was sent to Cardinal Tisserant. It concluded that the Syrian rite was seen as foreign to many members of the community. The Cardinal referred to the ...
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Do Anglicans use Latin anymore? If so, how much and for what?

The first Book of Common Prayer (1549) contained an explicit exception to the English-only rule: Though it be appointed in the afore written preface, that all things shall be read and sung in the ...
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Why did the Catholic Church adopt the use of Latin, the language of the crucifiers of Jesus?

In layman terms, I think it is the other way arround, it is the Roman empire who adopted the Christian religion when Constantine became a Christian (at least in appearance), Latin was the language of ...
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Hugh of Saint-Cher's complete Bible commentary (Postillæ in totam Bibliam)?

I don't think there is any English translation of the whole thing, just quotes here and there in other works. The Latin text of his Postilla (8 vols. in folio. Venetiis:1703) can be conveniently ...
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Directive of Pope John XXIII Restoring Latin as the Language of Instruction in All Seminaries and Pontifical Institutions

He's probably referring to John XXIII's 1962 encyclical Veterum Sapientia: On the Promotion of the Study of Latin: In accordance with numerous previous instructions, the major sacred sciences shall ...
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Did Greek weigh more heavily on Bible study than Latin historically, while it is the opposite today?

Did Greek weigh more heavily on Bible study than Latin historically, while it is the opposite today? The short answer is no, at least from the creation of the Vulgate in 382 by St. Jerome until the ...
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Did Greek weigh more heavily on Bible study than Latin historically, while it is the opposite today?

I'll give you an answer to the second part from a modern Protestant point of view. Modern Protestant seminaries teach elementary Biblical Greek as a matter of course, usually as a compulsory subject. ...
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Are there parishes that celebrates Novus Ordo mass in Latin?

Are there parishes that celebrates Novus Ordo mass in Latin? Yes there are parishes that celebrate the Ordinary Form of the Mass in Latin and in the best of the priest’s ability to be somewhat close ...
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What's the reason behind St. Thomas Aquinas word choice "angelicus" in the hymn "Panis angelicus"?

It comes from Ps. 77:25: Man ate the bread of angels: he sent them provisions in abundance. Discussing whether it belongs to man alone to receive Communion spiritually, St. Thomas Aquinas* wrote (...
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Do Anglicans use Latin anymore? If so, how much and for what?

Services are usually in the language of the people attending the sermon, so they can understand it. However, the preacher may refer to the ancient hebrew/ greek/ latin to give extra understanding of ...
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