Uses of Latin

S. (over morning coffee and the newspaper): There seems to be a rule. When you want to cross moral boundaries, do it in Latin.

J. Huh?

S. A group called Dignitas says the state has an obligation to help a healthy woman commit suicide. Her husband’s seriously sick. He’s signed up for assisted suicide. I guess they’ve made the arrangements with the doctor. That’s one thing. Now she says she wants to go at the same time. Dignitas is supporting a suicide pact. It’s new ground for them.

J. Okay. Dignitas. Latin, sure. You’ve known about them for a long time.

S. Yes. But it reminds me of the abortion issue. The one side – us – talks about unborn babies. The other side uses Latin. Fetus. Which means “unborn child.”

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1 Response to “Uses of Latin”


  1. 1 Maureen September 27, 2009 at 12:57 am

    That is a very interesting observation. And Latin coming from the very people who oppose the natural law, which is upheld fully by the Catholic Church and whose universal language is Latin.


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