I LOVE this guy! Too bad I'm not in Rome, or I'd be in his classes in an instant.
"Foster is the Vatican's leading expert on Latin — expert enough to be charged with the official translation of papal documents into what was until 40 years ago the official language of the church... "Without Latin you are missing out on the whole of Western culture! Without Latin you should just stay in bed!" he exclaims. "The schools don't teach it! The church doesn't use it anymore! Latin is being lost, and because of that we are losing our history!"...But Foster says the language is no less relevant now. He rattles off the names of some of the great thinkers who wrote in Latin: Cicero, Galileo, Augustine, Horace, Aquinas and Ovid. Can't they be read in translation? Foster waves his hand. "That's like giving a translation of Shakespeare to a Chinese man," he says. "No doubt about it, something's going to be lost." [This is COMPLETELY true. I've tranlated Ovid, Cicero, Augustine, Horace, and in no way do the translations do them justice.] He says he would be thrilled to see the pontiff go to New York and address the United Nations in Latin. "The pope could stand there before the nations of the world and say, 'Vobiscum loquar lingua Latina! Haec mihi videntur facienda esse!' ('I am speaking with you in the Latin language! It seems to me that these things need to be done!')," Foster suggests."