The Catholic News website reports that Pope Benedict XVI today (July 9, 2010) named Italian Archbishop Velasio DePaolis -- an expert in church law who specializes in religious institutes -- to be his personal delegate with authority over the Legionaries of Christ.
The 74-year-old cannon lawyer will act as the interim leader while the Vatican investigation of the Legionaries proceeds.
The papal appointment was one of a number of steps Pope Benedict has taken in the reform of the Legionaries of Christ after revelations that their founder -- the late Mexican Father Marciel Degollado -- had fathered children and sexually abused seminarians.
Archbishop DePaolis is president of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See and is a member of the Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signature. Born in Sonnino, Italy in 1935, he holds a doctorate in cannon law, a master's degree in theology, and a bachelor of laws degree.