Good grief. Are we now going to emphasize outward appearances?
What is the dramatic difference between the two popes? Either one serves the same Triune God in the manner he sees most appropriate.
More or less lace on a chasuble not a solemnity make.
NO! There are several web blogs where members are bemoaning the loss of the traditionalist papal robes, et al. FWIU, Msgr. Marini assisted Pope Benedict in his shift towards adopting and restoring certain papal garments that had fallen into disuse, such as the Saternalia hat.
Posters at these blogs are cringing at the sight of our new Holy Father minus the red mozzetta and shoes. It was simply an observation, not an obsession.
I don't see a "dramatic difference" either. They're dressed 95% alike in the two photos.
Odd how often how some "conservative Christians" are on the same page as the democrat media machine.
This article is interesting, but not because of the differences in the ceremonies. It's interesting because people who migrate in massive herds to whatever "church" best reflects the current secular society and trendy "style of worship" whether that's a gymnasium with pews or a coffee shop clone, claim they're authorities on what surroundings and ceremonies are appropriate when we come together to worship God Almighty, Alpha and Omega, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
Obviously the convenient spirits hanging from trees like Spanish Moss have been informing the Self Alone crowd that the Bible is in error on yet another topic and that God never really dictated that the Jewish Temple be beautiful and impressive inside and out.
So, showing God all glory and honor possible is out, and lounging on sofas and in recliners with the cross dressing crowd is now the "in" form of worship. At least that's what the democrat media who critique the Pope and the Church say, so naturally that's what the "conservative Christian" folks who just happen to echo whatever the democrat media machine is pumping out at the moment say as well.
Either that or a who lot of people who each worship their own, "Most High and Holy Self" have no idea what glory, honor, and reverence mean, much less worship.