Pope Benedict XVI on Monday appointed Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, previously the bishop of Regensburg, as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, raising him to the dignity of Archbishop. By virtue of his office, he will also be the president of the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei”, the Pontifical Biblical Commission, and the International Theological Commission. The previous prefect, Cardinal William Joseph Levada, resigned from the position, having reached the age limit.Link to original.
Commentary: Unlike various strident voices populating the internet, and denouncing Bishop Muller as a "heretic", and Pope Benedict as a "modernist"; I believe that it is not too much to suggest that trusting in the Holy Father's decisions is incumbent on a Catholic. There was much similar clamor from the usual websites on the evils of the appointment of Cardinal Levada. Such is the state of the Church in this age of alleged individualism. "Traditional" or "conservative" Catholics have taken up with the "liberal" and the "modernist" to judge the Pope and the Magisterium. All of this reeks of pure protestantism. I say alleged individualism because this individualism has resulted in various sets of "group think"; many groups delving into classic "smear" campaigns that were so popular in the 30s, 40s and 50s on the hard left and right.