Julie at Happy Catholic has Benedict all poped-out in traditional papal habidashery.
Dappled Things has more and links to a slide show.
It’s nice, the special clothes and festooning…but I don’t get hung up on it, and doubt that Benedict will, either. I loved JPII – he was so outsized, so larger than life, that he didn’t need all the trappings, and kept his wardrobe simple and rather modern, and I liked that, too.
Balance. St. Benedict’s whole Rule was about finding balance. This Benedict will too, I hope, be balanced about these externals.
Perhaps Benedict is trying to signal something?
Btw – John, disinterred when his cause for sainthood was opened, was discovered to be incorruptible. He’s in the crystal reliquary, now, and John Paul the Great has his old burial spot.
Or, more correctly, his remains are in the reliquary, etc…
Gerald has more thoughts.