In a move that will probably hasten the fading of the investigation of American women religious, Cardinal Rodé is out and Archbishop João Bráz de Aviz of Brasilia is in as prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. John Allen has an analysis here.
Of course, there’s a possible upside to coming in “without agenda,” but you might get that if you appointed a lay woman in charge of the Congregation for Clergy. Or a parish priest in charge of the Congregation for Bishops. Or non-liturgists to the CDWDS. Oh, wait: they did that last bit already.
In the world of conservative Catholic cheerleading, I’m sure this isn’t going down well. No doubt, some would have preferred a guy with some high-profile excommunications notched in his crozier.