Pinning down Seattle

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?



10 thoughts on “Pinning down Seattle

  1. Steve D. says:

    The new archbishop will be announced at a 0930 press conference this morning (Thursday Sept 16)

  2. Shawn says:

    Well, according to the archdiocese website the news conference announcing the new Archbishop at 9:30 this morning Pacific time. Whispers has written on who the new gentleman … or at least thier understanding of who it is/will be.

  3. David says:

    New Seattle archbishop to be named on Thursday
    Seattle Archbishop Alex Brunett will introduce his successor at a 9:30 a.m. news conference on Thursday.

    By Seattle Times staff


    Seattle Archbishop Alex Brunett will introduce his successor at a 9:30 a.m. news conference on Thursday.

    The Archdiocese of Seattle announced Wednesday that Brunett’s resignation has been accepted by Pope Benedict XVI. Brunett announced his retirement earlier this year.

    Check http://www.seattletimes.comThursday morning for updates.

  4. Giovanni A. Cattaneo says:

    Bishop Aquila would be an extraordinarily good pick by his Holiness. Definitely a counter balancing effect against what I think was poor choice with the Bishop of Spokane which would almost make up for it.

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