“Behind Closed Doors”: A Call for Review of Catholic Church Policies

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New book by Bishop Francis A. Quinn paints a snapshot of 21st-century Catholicism through three unique perspectives.

Behind Closed Doors by Bishop Francis A. Quinn, Xlibris Publishing
Bishop Quinn’s narrative follows the triumphs and failures of the young seminarians into the diverse paths and challenges of ministry as priests in the San Francisco Bay Area and global church.

Many debates have surfaced in the Catholic church in the 21st century, including social justice issues, church authority, homosexuality, sexual abuse and contraception. In partly fictionalized memoirs of bishops, priests, lay men and lay women, Bishop Francis A. Quinn explores these issues through the vantage point of three young men beginning in their early seminary days.

In the new novel, “Behind Closed Doors,” Bishop Quinn’s narrative follows the triumphs and failures of the young seminarians into the diverse paths and challenges of ministry as priests in the San Francisco Bay Area and global church.

The stories include Ladd Franklin, whose friendship with a classmate’s sister causes controversy at seminary and who later enters the world of international development; David Carmichael, an ambitious priest who struggles continually with the Guardians of Doctrine; and Tyler Stone, sensitive and caring, who strives to balance the ideals of celibacy with his sensual desires.

Quinn, Bishop Emeritus of the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento, Calif., even in the midst of controversy has been an outspoken advocate for the neglected in society and for a continuous, serious study of the policies and practices of the Church.

For more information, visit http://bookstore.xlibris.com/Products/SKU-000969353/Behind-Closed-Doors.aspx.

Behind Closed Doors
By Francis A. Quinn
ISBN: 978-1-49174-391-1
Available in hardbound, paperback and e-book
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Xlibris

About the author
Bishop Emeritus Francis A. Quinn has dedicated his life to education and ministry in dioceses throughout northern California. Throughout his career, he has focused on parish duties, social justice issues, and encouraging the involvement of laity in leadership. Born in 1921 in Los Angeles and ordained in 1946, Bishop Quinn earned his B.A. from St. Patrick’s Seminary and University, M.A. from Catholic University of America, and EdD from the University of California, Berkeley. He began his episcopate in 1978 as an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of San Francisco and served as bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento, Calif. from 1980 to 1994. From 1994 to 2007, Bishop Quinn ministered to two Native American tribes in Tucson, Ariz. Throughout his retirement, he says private daily Mass in his room, administers baptisms, hears confessions, anoints the sick and on occasions witnesses marriage in a private chapel.

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