Our friends at Rorate are still on top of interesting things.
We are now informed that Pope Benedict, … well… read on:
In the Mass he will celebrate in Paris, the Holy Father will don vestments which belong to the Abbey of Sainte-Madeleine du Barroux, the most famous Traditional Catholic abbey in France.
Keep in mind that the Abbey at Le Barroux famously returned to unity Rome at the time of the 1988 act of "separation" by Archbp. Lefebvre. They live a Benedictine life, and with rigor. As a result, the monastery is stuffed with vocations. Years back they published a fine Latin/French hand missal for the old Mass… with a preface by Joseph Card. Ratzinger.
The Holy Father has been chosing vestments to make a statement. His use of historical cuts of vestments, especially the marvelous taglio filipino, is a concrete lesson in continuity.
Some thought to brush the vestment lessons aside.
They are dead wrong.