The Archdiocese of Seattle is proving to be a difficult seat to fill. 109 days ago I first put Seattle on the AmP radar as being overdue for a new appointment. Abp. Alex Brunett has been serving past his date of mandatory retirement since January of 2009 (when he turned 75), waiting for a replacement to be appointed by the Holy See. According to my father’s handy chart, Seattle is the most “overdue” diocese in the United States currently.
There had been some rumors that a new appointment would be announced in the early weeks of September, but now it appears those plans have been delayed indefinitely. In the meantime, chatter has increased that Bishop Samuel Aquila of the Diocese of Fargo is (or was) being considered for the seat.
So I am left wondering, what is taking Seattle so long?