True, but as mentioned on my blog, on that occation the Pope “had” to use a decent Mitre because the Eastren Bishops would be wearing their crown-looking Mitres. Also, it was used with a vestment that really obscured the Mitre… that might be a reason why it did not seem to be a big thing when he wore it.
Latin mass1983, The vestment which “obscured” is also the one used by the Holy Father at the Mass today at St Peter’s. Thanks for posting the photo, otherwise we mightn’t have known that the changes in vesture are not as dramatic as we first imagined.
What a shame!, how come Benedict XVI allowed himself to be dressed like a clown? What a scandal! How uncharitable, and then the Church’s media tries to makes us believe that this man can be taken seriously.
Yes this is a remarkable change, this Papal Throne has not been used since Paul VI in the late 1960’s. The precious mitre has not been seen since 1978 and the Installation Mass of JP I. The gold Cope is rare sight indeed. This is a vast improvement on the ugly modern vestments..of the past 20 years.
I cant work out why Benedict broke centuries of tradition and placed a mitre on his coat of arms rather than a Tiara. Altough I doubt a Tiara will ever be worn again.