When I went to school many years ago we had to learn Latin. The old Jesuits loved to torture us with various things. Me being a D grade student, I would usually end up down in the Form Masters office with 3 of the best, due to the fact that I got too many mistakes in my spelling test.
I suppose it must have done some good, even though my spelling and grammar is still atrocious. Thank the Good God for spell check! I once had a French teacher who would stand over me and hold a stick till I spoke the French correctly, that did not seem to work either. I guess I am of the stock where threats do not seem to suddenly infuse knowledge!
All these things came flooding back to me when I noticed the new motto translation of Archbishop Lefebvre that is proudly displayed on the NEW sspx.org website under 'about us'. Now like I admit, I ain’t the best speller and languages are not my forte as I have confessed to you so let me explain my difficulty.
If you go to Our Website under say Sermons or Letters of the Archbishop you will find his crest. This crest is from creative commons wikipedia. You will see his motto in Latin, which goes thus "Et nos credimus in caritate". Punch that into Google translate and Voilà you get "And we have believed in Charity"
1 John 4:16
Ok, great so what. Well the new updated translation (Aka 'Orwell's1984' version) is now 'I have believed in love...' Mr Google tells me that equals "Credidi in amore"
What's the big deal. A great explanation of the use of language is given by Bishop Fulton Sheen on the discourse of Our Lord to St. Peter, when Our Lord asks Peter do you love me. Without going into all the details, there are more than one kind of word in Latin for love. St Thomas talks of a sensual love, a love of friendship and a spiritual love. Caritas is the highest love, and amore is the friendly love.
So I pose the question, does the SSPX believe in that sacrificial love of Caritas or only the convenient one of Amore, let us all be friends now? Our Lord to the new SSPX, Lovest (Caritas) thou me? or Luvest thou me?