(T)he pope would begin wearing a shorter pallium — a circular woolen band worn over the shoulders with a shorter strip hanging down the front and back — similar to the kind worn by Pope John Paul II.
Pope Benedict had been wearing a pallium similar to ones worn by popes in the first millennium, when the woolen band was wrapped around the pope’s shoulders and hung down his left side to just below his knees.
The longer pallium the pope had been using created “different and troublesome problems,” he said.
Not impressive, I have to say. Catholics are looking for a number of things in the liturgy. Good preaching. Good music. A sense of welcome. The surveys say it over and over again. What kind of fashion statement the presider makes by wearing wool down to his knees or not–that’s not really essential to the Eucharist, especially the noble simplicity of the Roman Rite.
Can’t say I think much more of the kneeling and tongue routine either. It is described as “the pope’s preference for the traditional practice.” Heh. I’d think the Holy Father would be above this sort of narcissism.
What the Church needs is enthusiastic and visionary leadership to inspire millions of Catholics worldwide to live and share their faith and transform the world. As a liturgist I believe it starts with real liturgy. Not fashion statements.