When did the Catholic church stop saying their services in Latin?

Well, the question really is:

When was the last time when the Catholic Church made major changes to make itself relevant to the world?


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14 Comments to “When did the Catholic church stop saying their services in Latin?”

  • El Odio 3.0 Atheist ≥ Gnostic

    during the protestant reformation

    martin luther called them out on their crap

    and they were forced to change in order to survive

  • Shinigami (FAC) weeaboo

    Vatican II.
    Science still uses Latin.
    Nobody complains too much about that.

  • Jesus Rotted in a Roman Ditch

    Vatican II, which happened in 1962. They are still waiting for a new update from God.

  • Redrum

    The universal language is english, latin is a dead language. Why would anyone continue to speak it?

  • Be Blessed

    Believe me it’s better to listen to them in Latin that you cannot understand. They are really speaking lies. You don’t need to hear those.

  • Bootylicious

    They had to make it more condusive to people WANTING to attend and understand a service I say most probably!!!

  • advocate, diplomat & soldier

    after Vatican ii and with the rise of pope John Paul the second.
    the laity or more involve in church activities there’s a rise in people taking rites in certain orders such as Franciscan and Dominican as lay people and a rise in the interest of the position and importance of the deacon

  • David N

    The last time was Vatican 2.
    The time before that was the Reformation in the 16th century.
    The time before that was the Great Schism in 1054.

  • Maria S.

    It was a slow process. They changed some parts of the Mass before others, but the full change happen on the First Sunday of Advent in 1969. That was when the Mass was to be said entirely in the vernacular.

  • Messenger of God

    The Roman Catholic Church still preforms Latin Services in Vatican City. And the national language in Vatican City is Latin. Roman Catholic Services like Weddings and Burials can have the mass held in Latin upon request.

    This link will explain some things.


    God Bless

  • robert C

    the latin mass is still viable, just ask at any parish

  • imacatholic2

    Never. You can still celebrate a Mass in Latin.

    However following Vatican II, in the 1960s, most Masses started to be celebrated in the language of the people.

    With love in Christ.

  • Danielle B

    As for the first question, never. The older form of the mass, the ‘Tridentine’ mass, which could only be said in Latin, was supplanted with the newer, ‘Novus ordo’ mass, in the mid-1960s. The newer, ‘Novus ordo’ mass could be said in any language, including but not limited to Latin. So the mid-1960s was the last time mass was offered exclusively in Latin. But Latin continues to be used for some masses, although less frequently.

    The second question seems a bit cynical, but it depends on what you mean by a ‘major change’. The Catholic Church, by its own profession, does not believe it is authorized to change her own doctrine, creeds or structure, which it believes come from God. So no ‘major changes’ can be expected on that front. But changes in discipline, form or practice – like the language of the mass – can change, and are changed quite frequently. The exact language of the prayers of the ‘Novus ordo’ mass, for example, is being updated as we speak, with new changes being implemented in the coming year. But, to outsiders, these will seem relatively minor. The last ‘major changes’ in form and discipline came in the 1960s in the wake of the second Vatican Council.

  • Daver


    The Novus Ordo, or vernacular Mass, was re-introduced via Vatican II.


    I think you’ve missed the point. . .

    The Church is not supposed to change to make itself more “relevant” to the world. The world is supposed to change to make it more “relevant” to the Church.


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