Cardinal Ouellet, 66, will head the office that helps the pope choose bishops for Latin-rite dioceses around the world. It's the first time a North American cardinal has been placed in charge of the powerful congregation.Cardinal Ouellet has been involved with the theological journal, Communio: International Catholic Review (which was co-founded by Joseph Ratzinger, Hans Urs von Balthasar, etc.), for many years as both an editorial board member and author. The editors of Communio have put together a page of links to various articles by Cardinal Ouellet, including essays on the uniqueness of Christ, Mary and ecumenism, the significance of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, preaching and evangelization, and marriage.
The pope also named Italian Archbishop Rino Fisichella as president of a newly created agency, the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization. He named Spanish Msgr. Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, a member of Opus Dei, to replace Archbishop Fisichella as president of the Pontifical Academy for Life. The appointments were announced June 30.
Vatican officials said that on July 1, the pope would formally name Swiss Bishop Kurt Koch as president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, replacing German Cardinal Walter Kasper, who had headed the council since 2001.
Cardinal Ouellet, who succeeds 76-year-old Italian Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, is not a stranger to Rome or to the Roman Curia. He studied in Rome and returned to the city to teach in 1996. A year later, he was appointed chair of dogmatic theology at the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family.