...is it’s a dead language.
Oddly enough one of the reasons people say the Church should stop using
Latin is actually one of the reasons that it’s likely never going to
stop using it. No people-group today (other than the Catholic Church)
uses Latin as its official language. It’s not in common use anywhere in
the world. This gives two benefits to using it.
First, the Church has to communicate with 1.2 billion people around the
world. What language would folks suggest we use instead? There is no
one language that all people know and speak and having no official
language would lead to chaos when this document is in Spanish and that
document is in Italian. Using Latin shows the universality of the
Church. The Church isn’t beholden to any particular nation, ethnicity,
race, or gender; why should it promote one language in use today above
Second, because it’s a dead language it doesn’t
change. No new words are created and the connotation of words doesn’t
change. This means those documents written centuries ago mean the same
thing today that they did when they were written. Did you know
“gentleman” used to mean “a man who owns land and could trace ancestry
to nobility”. Today it means “someone who is nice”. Many of our words
take on new meanings as time passes; not so with Latin.
want a language for your nation then pick one but if you want a language
for people around the entire world and a language that will remain
timeless then I suggest Latin.
This is yet another reason Catholics continue to use Latin.