This just proves how hard it is to change old habits. The Roman Catholic church opened up to the .. ahem .. masses when it dropped the obligatory Latin Mass in 1965. Of course Latin has been dying out since, well, since the fall of Rome and has been sustained by academics and the Roman Catholic Church among others.
Well now according to Father Reginald Foster, one of the world's foremost Latin scholars, the ancient Roman language is becoming defunct. Even Catholic priests no longer have to study Latin. Father Foster. who has translated speeches and letters for four Popes, says he can see no future for the language he is teaching and has been forced to acknowledge that Latin is dying out. He is making a last-ditch stand with a new Latin academy in Rome where he hopes to attract 130 students a year. [BBC]
I have a twinge of regret of this loss but then again I was never forced to conjugate Latin verbs at school.