UPDATE: I got another confirmation from a separate source that Card. Müller is, indeed, out as of Monday.
It will be interesting to see where he lands.
What is scary are the names my spies and I are bandying about as the next Prefect, for there shall be a next Prefect. With this move, surely the Pope already had someone in mind.
Corrispondenza Romana is suggesting that Gerhard Ludwig Card. Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has been sacked (“licenziato”) by Pope Francis. Cardinals serve at the pleasure of the Supreme Pontiff, whose extension they are when serving in the Roman Curia.
Card. Müller’s quinquennium (five year mandate) ends on 2 July.
We won’t know for sure until we know for sure. [UPDATE: Now we know, but we’ll know for sure on Monday.]
Meanwhile, some of my Roman spies are telling me the same.
So, again, fama volat. Caveat lector.
That said, we recall that His Holiness decided to leave Card. Burke in place for a long time at the Apostolic Signatura without an official reconfirmation of his mandate. That effectively undercut Card. Burke in his role without moving him. It is possible that the Pope will leave Card. Müller in place without reconfirmation of his mandate. If the Roman Pontiff wants to decentralize what Rome has been doing, that could be a way to urge that action item along in regard to the CDF. Also, Card. Müller would need something to do. He’s only 69. I suspect that his brother bishops in Germany would not be especially pleased to see him amongst them as a diocesan bishop again. There are fewer and fewer slots available in the Roman Curia these days. There can only be so many patrons of orders of knights. So, where would Pope Francis ask the Cardinal to serve next?
It will be interesting to see what happens. We will know soon enough… maybe.