Levada: Changes to Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith Due at the End of June

By Marco Tosatti
Vatican Insider
June 20, 2012

Reliable sources inside the Vatican say it is very likely that there will be changes at the top of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith this month. The retirement of the current head of the Congregation, the American William Levada will be announced publicly some time around the feast of Ss. Peter and Paul. Levada has asked the Pope to be relieved from his office, since he wants to go back to the United States.

Gerhard Mueller is a man with a remarkable personality, who exerts a certain influence over Benedict XVI. Although not one of the Pope's closest friends, he is certainly a significant figure from an academic point of view and this establishes a tie between them. He also played, and still plays, an important role in the creation and work of the German born foundation which is in charge of preparing and publishing Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI's literary works.

Mueller is a great admirer and friend of one of the most debated and problematic characters of LT, Gustavo Gutiérrez. He had some very warm words of praise for him and for LT back in 2008 during a public event in Lima, South America, which celebrated the honorary degree awarded to Gutierrez by the Pontifical University of Peru. Gutierrez has been in the Holy See's sights in recent weeks. The bishop of Regensburg has never hidden his admiration for his 83 year old Peruvian friend and teacher.


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