The emeritus pope, as Benedict is now known, is not the church’s only fashion plate. Cardinal Raymond Burke is perhaps best known for arguing, as archbishop of St. Louis, that Catholic politicians who supported abortion rights should be denied Communion. In Rome, where he is now prefect of the church’s tribunal, he has also earned a reputation for operatic regalia. He is one of the few cardinals who dons cappa magnas, the long trains of watered silk that can look like scarlet lava flowing down from his throne. His velvet gloves and extravagant brocades prompted Vatican officials to ask him to “tone it down a bit,” according to noted religion reporter David Gibson. [The report appears to be total hearsay on who said what to who and in fact could be entirely fabricated]whole article at WaPo
“The vestments, everything, are part of a tradition,” Burke told Gibson. “We need to understand that and not just discard it and say, ‘Well, it was all just an ugly accretion.’ ”
(“I’m sorry,” Burke said when reached by phone. “I won’t be able to respond.”) [Hmm...]
I've got a theory on why the pope doesn't like the liturgical externals, beyond being a Jesuit(that's what the article is about btw, WaPo calls him "simplistic" not simple, which almost seems like an insult). Will be posting as soon as I get caught up.