How can I argue that it was better that Latin was declared as the prescribed language of the Church at the Council of Trent?

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You can argue that Latin was important for a few reasons.

First, you can say that its use provided a link between the Catholic Church of the mid-1500s and the earliest days of Christianity.  You can say that Latin was the language of Rome when St. Peter was the first...

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You can argue that Latin was important for a few reasons.

First, you can say that its use provided a link between the Catholic Church of the mid-1500s and the earliest days of Christianity.  You can say that Latin was the language of Rome when St. Peter was the first bishop of Rome/pope and that it is important to maintain that link.

Second, you can say that it is important for a universal church to have a universal language.  This emphasizes the unity of the church.  If the liturgy is conducted in all sorts of languages, this unity is lost.  This would allow Catholics to feel at home at any Mass in any country and it would allow Catholic priests and scholars to always have a common language in which to communicate.

Finally, you could argue that it was important to have strong distinctions between Catholicism and Protestantism so that people could have a clear choice and could be very clear on what it was to be Catholic.  This would be better than blurring the lines between the two faiths.

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