1899: Disappointing news came out of Rome when the Sacred Congregation convened and turned down the American Brothers’ appeal which would have allowed them to teach Latin and Greek in Lasallian institutions in the U.S. and Canada. Effective 1900, Brothers were forbidden by their Superiors to teach the Classics, which hurt many a school’s enrollment until the ban was finally lifted in 1923. This quarter-century dilemma is known in Lasallian history as “The Latin Question.”

Brother Angelus Gabriel (FSC), The Christian Brothers in the United States 1848-1948: A Century of Catholic Education (NY: Declan McMullen, 1948), p. 487.