‘Behind Closed Doors’ Calls for Serious Study of Catholic Church Practices

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Bishop Francis A. Quinn’s new book paints snapshot of crises in Catholicism through four fascinating characters.

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Many debates have roiled the Catholic Church in the 21st century, including lay leadership roles, celibacy, sexual molestation, justice issues, etc. In a creative memoir of his nearly seven decades since ordination,Francis Anthony Quinn explores these issues through the vantage point of three seminarians and one woman.

In these memoirs, “Behind Closed Doors,” (published by Xlibris) Bishop Quinn’s narrative follows the triumphs and failures of the young seminarians into the diverse paths and challenges of ministry in the San Francisco Bay Area and global church.

The stories include Ladd Franklin, whose friendship with a sister’s classmate causes alarm among parishioners. Ladd Joins International Relief Service; David Carmichael, an ambitious priest who struggles continually with the Guardians of Doctrine, GOD; and Tyler Stone, sensitive and caring, who strives to balance the ideals of celibacy with his darker desires.

Quinn, Bishop Emeritus of the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento has never shied from controversy and has been an outspoken advocate for social justice and peace.

“Behind Closed Doors”
By Francis Anthony Quinn
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 464 pages | ISBN 9781503523272
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 464 pages | ISBN 9781503523289
E-Book | 464 pages | ISBN 9781503523296
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Bishop Emeritus Francis A. Quinn has dedicated his life to education and ministry in diocese throughout northern California and Arizona. Throughout his career, he has focused on educating young people, social justice issues, and encouraging the involvement of women and all laity. 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, Washington D.C. 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 Native Americans on a reservation outside of Tucson, Ariz. Throughout his retirement he has stayed involved with baptisms, weddings, anointing of the sick and other sacraments in the Diocese of Sacramento.

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