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VATICAN CITY (ChurchMilitant.com) - Pope Francis is choosing a fellow Jesuit to lead the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF). After Friday's bombshell news that he would not be renewing Cdl. Gerhard Müller's term, which ends July 2, a Saturday communiqué announced the appointment of Abp. Luis Ladaria to take his place.
Ladaria, 73, has served as secretary of the CDF since 2008, when he was also named titular archbishop of Thibica, Spain. He has served as vice rector at the Pontifical Gregorian University, as well as Secretary General of the International Theological Commission. In 2006, he headed the Commission's re-examination of the question of limbo, which concluded that hope exists for children who die unbaptized to receive salvation. It remains lay opinion and not official Church dogma.
Pope Francis appointed Ladaria in August to lead the commission looking into the possibility of women deacons.
The communiqué thanked Müller for his service and did not say whether he'd be continuing in another role at the CDF.