Actually, the effort to rein in Archbishop Hunthausen began with the appointment of then-Archbishop Hickey of Washington as an apostolic visitor to Seattle, in 1983. The fruit of his efforts - a letter by then-Cardinal Ratzinger to Archbishop Hunthausen - was then to be used by newly-appointed auxiliary Bishop Wuerl to fix Seattle. Some of Archbishop Hunthausen’s authority was actually taken from him and given to Bishop Wuerl, to implement the required changes.
However, Bishop Wuerl, I've read, proved ineffective in his mission, and within two years, all of Archbishop Hunthausen’s episcopal prerogatives were restored to him. Bishop Wuerl resigned as auxiliary bishop in May, 1987, and was then left hanging for the better part of a year, eventually winding up in February, 1988, in Pittsburgh as its ordinary.
So, he folded while in Seattle.
My impression of Archbishop Wuerl is that when he's being a Catholic, he's a rather devout and orthodox Catholic. The problem is that he's only a part-time Catholic, and a full-time Democrat.
LOLOLOL! I'm afraid that there are a lot of them like that. We moved from the Seattle area in 1986-7, so I wasn't around when he folded. I did know that Hunthausen never really took any punishment.