According to Kath.net it's Bishop Velasio De Paolis [thank you to the alert readers].
The Wall Street Journal headline is: "Pope Names Official to Run Scandal Plagued Order." Not exactly the spin the Legion's been using to assure members/donors that papal attention is a caress and an honour, though the spokesman steps up to assure everyone that he will find complete cooperation.
Italian Archbishop Velasio De Paolis, a top official in charge of managing Vatican finances, will take the reins of the Legion at one of the most delicate points in its history. Under the Father Maciel, who died in 2008, the order cultivated strong ties with the Vatican and Mexico's business elite, becoming one of the church's biggest fund-raisers and a prolific recruiter of new priests.
"We most cordially and gratefully welcome the delegate the Holy Father has assigned to us. We are looking forward to working with him and we assure him our full support. We expect to meet with him and in the near future," said Jim Fair, a U.S.-based spokesman for the Legion.
Archbishop De Paolis will lead a sweeping overhaul of the Legion that will redefine much of the order's spiritual mission and restructure its leadership. Archbishop De Paolis, a canon lawyer who currently heads of the Vatican's Prefecture for Economic Affairs, is also expected to carefully scrutinize the order's finances.
The Vatican statement announcing the archbishop's appointment didn't specify what would happen to the current head of the Legion, Rev. Alvaro Corcuera, and his second-in-command, Father Garza, both members of prominent Mexican families who were placed in leadership positions by Father Maciel.
His financial expertise is key, since the Legion has been shuffling assets. Their assurances of cooperation may be on one superficial level; it will be for him to find out how sincere [i.e. sin cerae] those words are.
UPDATE: for those who worry that the financial emphasis indicates that the Vatican is unduly concerned about money (rather than souls) I would say not to worry. This was a financial scam from the start, and th only way to gauge the health of the organisation is for it to be transparent about its money. They have very winning smiles, earnest demeanors and zeal for souls. If all of that is masking financial shenanigans then nothing has changed. Note todays perfect reading, chosen just for this man:
‘Remember, I am sending you out like sheep among wolves; so be cunning as serpents and yet as harmless as doves.
He will need your prayers for tenacity, wisdom and courage. I know you will not let him down.
UPDATE II: from the New York Times --
MILAN — Pope Benedict XVI appointed a senior Vatican official on Friday to take control of the Legionaries of Christ, the powerful worldwide religious order rocked by scandal after it emerged that its charismatic founder had molested underage seminarians and secretly fathered at least one child.
Pope Benedict’s measures aim to assist “in the demanding path of purification and renewal that awaits the congregation,” the Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said Friday on Vatican radio.
The decision to take over the order has been the most direct response on the part of the pope to the growing sexual abuse scandal that has embroiled the Roman Catholic Church in recent months.
Changes to the rules that administer ecclesiastical discipline against priests who sexually abuse minors are also expected to be made public in the next few days.
Archbishop De Paolis, 74, is an expert in canon law, and Vatican observers said it was no accident that the pope chose someone with both a strong legal background as well as financial expertise.
“Clearly, both issues are very important to the changes that have to be made within the Legionaries,” said Marco Tosatti, a veteran journalist with the newspaper La Stampa. Archbishop De Paolis is also a member of the Congregation of the Missionaries of St. Charles Borromeo, “so he has a particular understanding of the organization of religious orders,” Mr. Tosatti added.
In March, the Legionaries acknowledged that the order’s founder, the Rev. Marcial Maciel Degollado, a close ally of Pope John Paul II, was responsible for many “grave acts.” Father Maciel, who died in 2008, was found to have molested seminarians for decades and fathered at least one child. But Father Maciel was also a prodigious and popular fund-raiser and an important source of new priests.
The Vatican announced its decision to overhaul the order in May. Father Lombardi said Friday in an interview that Archbishop De Paolis was expected to meet soon with the Legionaries to “explain to them his mandate, and set out the methods and timing that that mandate will take.”
Father Lombardi said the pope had given Archbishop De Paolis a “broad mandate.”
Likening the Legionaries to a company that has gone bankrupt, Mr. Tosatti said that a great deal of restructuring would go on. “I think it’s safe to say that the current leadership will soon be out,” he said.
Note how John Paul II is dragged into it. And sadly, it's appropriate.