Why is a Benedictine cardinal wearing the choir dress of a secular cardinal - religious cardinals only wear the secular dress when they are acting as Papal Legates, so is this a particular Milanese privilege?
I don't really know how this works. I have seen other religious cardinals wearing crimson watered silk. Might be a privilege. Might be that something else takes "precedence" (Cardinal Piffl - being the prince-archbishop of Vienna - wore watered silk despite being an Augustinian).
Cardinals, due to their cardinalatial dignity, had the option of keeping the colors of their orders or of using the Roman colors. Some of them used both for different occasions. Cardinals were not bound to the colors of their order.
My understanding is that if they are functioning in a 'non-Regular capacity (as, eg as Archbishop of Milan), then they may wear the usua; 'Roman' outfit; and the 'Regular' one at other times.However, I'm not entirely certain that it befits any of us to question the judgement of a saint !
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