The Holy father wearing the Roman Chasuble for Ash Wednesday's Mass
Three of the many things these progressives hate about Pope Benedict are how he is liberated from their critiques of what is consider pre-Vatican II and thus bad, evil, outdated, and post-Vatican II, as well as liberated from their understanding of the meaning new and trendy and seriously banal.
The first is his lace alb. It drives them apoplectic. Their homophobia comes through, though they would protest that is not their disease but the one wearing it!
The second is his choosing to wear a Roman chasuble as pictured above--the worst insult a progressive Catholic can hurl against anyone in the Church is "you're so pre-Vatican II!" But the Holy Father doesn't care what names he is called; truly liberated!
The third is that he has allowed for the Tridentine Mass to be celebrated liberally and he has lifted the excommunication of the SSXP bishops in a bid to keep them in the fold maybe even with "personal ordinariate" similar to the new Anglican one.
What I have detected in Pope Benedict, consistent with who he was as a priest at Vatican II, as a bishop and now as pope is that we have a very liberal and liberated pope. He knows that Vatican II opened the door to great diversity in the faith and even in the Liturgy. How else could he approve a Anglican Use Mass and allow for the return of the Tridentine Mass as well as celebrate Masses in Roman parishes where folk groups sing the Mass standing next to the altar? All he demands is orthodoxy both in belief and practice and fidelity to the Magisterium of the Church--not really too much to ask of Catholics, I don't think!
But the Holy Father has the temerity to model what the post-Vatican II revised Mass should look like but suggesting we look to the Tridentine Mass. This is what He has done, although he is not flamboyant in his gestures and "says the black and does the red":
1. Roman and gothic Chasubles!
2. The Benedictine altar arrangement facing the people and celebrating the Mass ad orientem at times too!
3. Vernacular Masses but always with the Preface and Eucharistic Prayer (and he uses them all) prayed in Latin!
4. Kneeling for Holy Communion
I don't see the Ordinary Form of the Mass changing too much, except for what I highlight above, but I'm not clairvoyant although I think I am.