UPDATE: More good news! A comment on John Allen's article says he is from Geremany and writes the following:
I am writing from Germany and
Submitted by Bernie Aurin (not verified) on Jul. 02, 2012.
I am writing from Germany and I am not happy about this appointment. Bishop Müller is very conservative and out of touch with the faithful. He is against the ordination of woman. His views often times are decidedly pre-Vatican II. He sees all bishops and priests as being surrogates for Christ (only them, not the lay people). In ecumenical matters has not sought common ground, but polarized instead.
His record as bishop of Regensburg is one of intolerance and authoritarianism. On his web site he states: "We should not allow any room for anti-Roman blabber and these stupidities ... Any activities directed against the truth of the Faith and the unity of the Church will not be tolerated" (http://www.bistum-regensburg.de/download/borMedia1612905.PDF)
The German grass roots organization "We Are Church" points out in its press release today, that he has created a climate of servility and fear, reviling and disciplining those holding divergent opinions and that his handling of sexual misconduct in his diocese has been fatally misguided. (http://www.wir-sind-kirche.de/index.php?id=128&id_entry=4116)
The Holy Father has appointed Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller of Germany as the new Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
He likes liberation theology and is a friend of the Peruvian Father of liberation theology, the theologian Father Gustavo Guttierez.
He also did his dissertation on my favorite Lutheran theologian, famed German Protestant theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
In 2008, he accepted an honorary doctorate from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, which is widely seen as a bastion of the progressive wing of the Peruvian church. On the occasion, he praised Guttierez and defended his theology.
“The theology of Gustavo Gutiérrez, independently of how you look at it, is orthodox because it is orthopractic,” he said. “It teaches us the correct way of acting in a Christian fashion since it comes from true faith.”
But it is also rumored that Archbishop Mueller has written that becasue of the unity of the sacrament of orders that the church's inability to ordain women priests extends to women deacons as well. He was also one of the first theologians to characterize Pope John Paul's decree on women priests as infallible....More recently he has called liberal dissident movements in the church such as We Are Church (which is close to Call to Action and LCWR in the USA) as parasites on the Body of Christ.
So I would recommend truly understanding this theologian and trusting that the Holy Father understands German theologians of his ilk and in fact the Holy Father was formed in the very theology this theologian holds. It might do well to really try to understand liberation theology and how it impacts what the bishops of the USA are trying to do in confronting secular power and seeking the rights of the Church when it comes to religious liberty and freedom of conscience in this country.
READ NCR'S JOHN ALLEN'S TAKE ON THIS REFLECTED IN MY COMMENTS ABOVE BY PRESSING HERE!