Pope Benedict XVI Oct. 17 appointed Archbishop Raymond Burke, prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, and Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, members of the Congregation for Bishops.

The appointments are significant: Both will now be able to share their views and, to some extent, exert their influence on future appointments of bishops.

Archbishop Burke, the archbishop emeritus of St. Louis and a distinguished canon lawyer, is also a member of two other departments: the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts and the Congregation for the Clergy.