John R. Quinn, archbishop of San Francisco 1977-1995 and president of the U.S. national bishops’ conference 1977-1980, passed away today.
Quinn was the author of the 1999 book The Reform of the Papacy: The Costly Call to Christian Unity, which was inspired by the encyclical Ut Unum Sint on church unity by Pope John Paul II. Cardinal Bergoglio (later Pope Francis) told Quinn, “I’ve read your book and am hoping it will be implemented.” In May 2013, shortly after the election of Pope Francis, Quinn’s book Ever Ancient, Ever New: Structures of Communion in the Church appeared.
When Archbishop Quinn was in Collegeville two years ago, Pray Tell’s Anthony Ruff, OSB was privileged to interview him.
May he rest in peace.