Fr Zuhlsdorf put up an article from the Tablet by Fr Keith Pecklar SJ on the new style of Papal liturgies a couple of days ago, there was this very curious passage.
Critics of papal liturgies in the pontificate of Pope John Paul II lament the fact that the Pope was reduced to celebrating as if simply the bishop of any diocese – albeit on a grand scale – while the Bishop of Rome is really a monarch and thus, papal liturgical celebrations should better express this. By contrast, in his motu proprio of 21 June 1968, "Pontificalia Insignia", Pope Paul VI sought to simplify and clarify the use of pontifical insignia for all prelates linked to the Roman pontiff.
Fr Z's comment
[I think this may be unfair. I don’t recall seeing people in the blogosphere arguing that the Pope should have older things or specifically "papal" thing because he is also a monarch. I have certainly never argued that. As a matter of fact, I suggested that the Pope should celebrate a TLM as a regular pontifical Mass without trying to do all the old stuff requiring the papal court, etc.]
I think those of us who critical of previous Papal liturgical styles do not want a return to anything monarchical, on the contrary we want something that does not the reflect the Pope's personal style but the "style" of the Church itself, something which touches the wellspring of Catholicism. What I want is a model for every bishop in the world, a liturgy that points to God, which frankly many of John Paul II's celebrations really did not. I am sure it was not his intention but those I attended seemed to be a celebration of him. I welcome Pope Benedict's liturgies which allow the words and action of the Rites of the Church to speak clearly.
Has anyone actually read or heard a serious appeal for something which expresses "monarchy" or is this just part of the Tabletista's new "black legend", like the infamous Tablet's, "the pope is not a trained liturgist", or those dreadful Micken's slurs?