Another upcoming lesson from Pope Benedict through vestments

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.


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  1. Gregg the obscure says:

    A little note on the hermeneutic of continuity found in Abp. Chaput’s new little book “Render Unto Caesar”. A great quote from then Fr. Ratzinger in 1966: “I think it is important to note that with all our satisfaction over the work of the council’s renewal, we not overlook certain ingredients of injustice, those little touches of Pharasaism which all too readily accompany this joy. Very much indeed did the Church need renewal from within in the situation of today. Yet it must not be forgotten that the Church has always remained the Church and that at any time in history, the way of the Gospel could be found and was found in it. . . . The faith of those who are simple of heart is the most precious treasure of the Church. To serve and to live this faith is the noblest vocation in the renewal of the Church.”

    A few pages later (in Abp. Chaput’s book), another quote from a few years later: “today an illusion is dangled before us: that a man can find himself without first conquering himself, without the patience of self denial and the labor of self control; that there is no need to endure the discomfort of upholding tradition . . . “

  2. It’s in French, but some might be interested:
    Le Barroux Website

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