Bishop Müller Appointed New Prefect of CDF

by Edward Pentin, July 02, 2012:

Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller of Regensburg as the new prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican announced today.

Bishop Müller replaces Long Beach, Ca.-born Cardinal William J. Levada, 76, who is stepping down on grounds of age. Bishop Müller also takes over Cardinal Levada’s other responsibilities as president of the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei”, the Pontifical Biblical Commission, and the International Theological Commission.

The new CDF prefect has been elevated to archbishop and will probably be made a cardinal at the next consistory.

The appointment of the 64 year-old bishop has been speculated for some time, with the German press reporting it as almost certain over the past few days.

Originally from Mainz in central Germany, Bishop Müller is already a member of the CDF and highly regarded in Rome. A professor of dogmatic theology, he specializes in defending faith and morals, is a prolific author, and has had a dogmatic textbook translated into several languages. He has a reputation among many as a defender of Catholic orthodoxy, and is also an expert on ecumenism as well as an accomplished scholar of liberation theology. Some traditionalists have voiced concern about some of his views, however, arguing he has not shown strong enough Catholic stances.

A personal friend of the Pope, the bishop won accolades for his organisation of the Holy Father’s visit to Regensburg in 2006. He has also been compiling the collected works of Joseph Ratzinger through the “Pope Benedict XVI Institute”, an organisation he founded in Regensburg in 2008.

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6 Responses to Bishop Müller Appointed New Prefect of CDF

  1. Sixupman says:

    Catholic Church Conservation has an in-depth analysis upon this appointment and should be of concern to all.


  2. Toadspittle says:


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    Hmmm. And a very chum and close kinsman of Ben.
    Jobs for the boys, in fact.
    This will come back to bite a few people. Suspects Toad.


  3. If we accept that a being acts in accordance with its nature (as we must else be unable ever to be sure of anything, much) then perhaps we may now say beyond much doubt that the Pope has now knowingly appointed a full blown Modernist to guard and preserve Catholic Doctrine. So the lunatics not only take over the asylum but are officially appointed to do so.


  4. Toadspittle says:

    If the Cathcon story is true, the Church makes such a habit of shooting itself in the foot it’s a wonder it has any toes left.

    Maybe it doesn’t.

    (Toad’s off along the Camino for a bit.)


  5. Wall Eyed Mr Whippy says:

    Well JR, you hint darkly about the Pope’s decisions, but don’t/won’t say what you mean. Toad likewise.

    Speak up.

    You do suggest, like many, that ‘Modernists’ are somehow beyond the pale. As are liberals, to others.

    However, “modern” and “liberal” mean different things to different people. I would be happy, indeed honoured, in general, to be called by those terms, but probably we may not mean the same thing.

    Can you /will you say clearly what you mean? The lunacy you refer to may not be in the Vatican.

    Who’d be Pope with all this? Not I.


  6. Wall Eyed Mr Whippy says:

    What actually is a being which acts in accordance with its nature? What is ‘nature’ in this context? There’s much you haven’t explained so that your point is better understood.

    You speak of “a full blown modernist” like others speak of full blown AIDS.

    I don’t think the Pope deserves this view without explanation.


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