Knowledge of Latin Enables Reporter to Scoop the Whole World

Those of us who advocate the study of Latin have an uphill battle. Too many people have no appreciation for what study of a “dead language” can do for them.

This week one reporter’s knowledge of Latin enabled her to break a story. And this wasn’t just any story. It was the sort of story that most journalists dream their whole lives of breaking, an event the likes of which had not happened in 600 years. I’m referring, of course, to the announcement of Pope Benedict XVI’s abdication.

Read about it here.

If you’d like to know about the last time a pope voluntarily stepped down from office, read this.

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About Dr. J

I am Professor of Humanities at Faulkner University, where I chair the Department of Humanities and direct online M.A. and Ph.D. programs based on the Great Books of Western Civilization. I am also Associate Editor of the Journal of Faith and the Academy and a member of the faculty at Liberty Classroom.
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One Response to Knowledge of Latin Enables Reporter to Scoop the Whole World

  1. John says:

    I have been learning, slowly, some of the latin roots of our words. Not the same as learning Latin, but it helps. I’m using a program called Anki that is great for memorizing anything really, and the have a few pre-made latin decks. http://ankisrs.net/

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