Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Muller of Regensburg, Germany as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and leader of three other important commissions, reports the Catholic News Agency.
Bishop Muller, whom the Pope elevated to archbishop, will also head the Pontifical Biblical Commission, the International Theological Commission and the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, which oversees Catholics who celebrate the traditional Latin Mass.
He will succeed the American Cardinal William Levada, who submitted his resignation upon reaching the age of 75.
Archbishop Muller was born in Mainz-Finthen in 1947. He was ordained a priest in 1978 and served as a chaplain and as a religion education teacher in secondary schools, according to the Diocese of Regensburg.
He earned his doctorate in 1977 under Fr Karl Lehmann, who would later become Bishop of Mainz and a cardinal. The future Archbishop Muller’s doctorate concerned the Church, the Sacraments and the thought of German Protestant theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
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