Archbishop John R. Quinn

Archbishop John R. Quinn began writing for America in 1968.  Over the years his articles have covered issues as diverse as the priesthood, the legalization of abortion and ministry to gay and lesbian Catholics. The retired archbishop of San Francisco, Quinn served as the president of the U.S. bishops conference from 1977-80. In 1999 he published the book The Reform of the Papacyin response to Pope John Paul II's encyclical Ut Unum Sint calling for Christian unity. A selection of his writings for America appears below.

"A Critical Moment: Barack Obama, Notre Dame and the Future of the U.S. Church," Web-only, March 30, 2009

"Considerations for a Church in Crisis," May 27, 2002

"Synod 2001 and the Role of the Bishop," July 20, 2001

"The Strength of Priests Today," July 1, 2002

"It's the Best of Times...To Be a Priest," September 18, 1993

"The Aids Crisis: A Pastoral Response," June 28, 1986

"The Right to Live," August 8, 1970

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