More about Card. Cañizares Llovera, the new Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship
From Palazzo Apostolico of Paolo Rodari:
The nickname "little Ratzinger" was born in the Roman Curia. From 1985 to 1992 Canizares played the same role in the Spanish bishops conference that Ratzinger played in the Vatican: he took care of the "doctrine of the faith" sector for the bishops conference. It was this role, together with the special friendship he had with Ratzinger, that prompted the men of the former Holy Office good-naturely to start nicknaming him that way.
The friendship with the present Pope had not secondary role in his arrival in Rome. Benedict XVI trusts him. It is known that liturgy is a determining domain at the heart of his pontificate, and he wants to be certain that, in the face of the future farewell of Malcolm Ranjith, the present secretary of the same Congregation (who will become the Archbishop of Colombo and later cardinal), there will be in the dicastery a man who will guarantee the continuation of a very clear liturgical line: the liturgy is at the apex of the life of faith and, at the same time, it lives from continuity. And so: the Church, in the name of a illuminated progress, proceeds renews herself without losing sight of her own roots and her own living tradition.
And so the fact that there arrives at Liturgy a man who in the past has thoroughly digested theology is not irrelevant. Theological understand is useful and "Little Ratzinger" has it. A great scholar of Teresa of Avila, having been bishop of Avila from 1992-96 (it was his first, and for him unforgettable, bishop’s see), he demonstrated love for the study of theology founding, at Avila, the Catholic University "Saint Teresa of Jesus". In the balance, in his curriculum there is only one fault: he speaks only Spanish.
Immediately after the arrival of Canizares Benedict XVI will touch up other crucial sectors of the Roman Curia: Cardinal Walter Kasper, after the funeral of Alexis II (today) and the octve of prayer for unity of Christians (starting in 2009) will leave his dicastery which deals with ecumenism. Farther down the line the prefects of other dicasteries will also leave, all near to 75 years of age, Claudi Hummes, Giovanni Battista Re, Ivan Dias, Dario Castrillon Hoyos, Javier Lozano Barragan e Franc Rodé. The example could be given with Re: next January he turns 75 and he could do what in the past his predecessor Lucas Neves Moreira did. He could step down exactly on the day of 75th birthday: it was 16 September 2000.
There’s more, but that’s what I have the energy to do right now.