Published on: Jul 1, 2017 @ 06:10 CDT (1119 UTC)
It seems that Arcbp. Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, SJ, will be the new Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He has been the Secretary of the same Congregation.
The Bolletino in Italian: HERE
Conclusione del mandato quinquennale del Prefetto della Congregazione per la Dottrina della Fede e nomina del successore
Il Santo Padre Francesco ha ringraziato l’Eminentissimo Signor Cardinale Gerhard Ludwig Müller alla conclusione del suo mandato quinquennale di Prefetto della Congregazione per la Dottrina della Fede e di Presidente della Pontificia Commissione “Ecclesia Dei”, della Pontificia Commissione Biblica e della Commissione Teologica Internazionale, ed ha chiamato a succedergli nei medesimi incarichi Sua Eccellenza Reverendissima Monsignor Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, S.I., Arcivescovo titolare di Tibica, finora Segretario della Congregazione per la Dottrina della Fede.
Friends, this could have gone in an unthinkable direction, but it did not. Frankly, I’m pleased with the appointment. When I consider the other names that have been tossed about for this post… we have dodged a big one.
UPDATE: I am told that Card. Müller will not have another appointment in the Curia. After all, once he has been the Prefect of the CDF, which has always been known as “La Suprema”, there is only demotion. It is hard to imagine that he will go to Germany as a diocesan bishop. There is a possibility that he’ll wind up, at only 69, as Patron of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher (which position is still at present filled).
However, if Card. Müller doesn’t have an appointment, and is effectively “retired”, then he is off the leash.
What is interesting is the timing of the announcement of the new Prefect. Rather than make the announcement on Monday (which would make sense), it is made in advance, a virtual preemptive strike. It could be that the powers-that-are rushed to get the news out because that feared that Card. Müller would go to the press (perhaps because that’s what they did/would have done).
Again, Card. Müller, without an appointment, is off the leash.