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The Rev. Joseph P. Amar is a professor emeritus of Syriac and Arabic languages and the Program in Early Christian studies at the University of Notre Dame, near South Bend, Ind.

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Joseph P. Amar
Latin is fine for academic work, writes the Rev. Joseph P. Amar, but not for worship. No ancient language can hope to speak with the clarity or immediacy of a modern, native language.