Lead Us Not Into Temptation: Catholic Priests and the Sexual Abuse of Children

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University of Illinois Press, 1992 - Religion - 407 pages
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Winner of a Religious Public Relations Council Wilbur Award and a Catholic Press Association Book Award

Jason Berry's Lead Us Not into Temptation put a national spotlight on the issue of clergy sex abuse of children and has been used in newsrooms across the country. Berry takes us through the lives of traumatized victims and their parents, torn by loyalty to the church, into the machinations of bishops and church lawyers. At root, this is a story about politics, how sexual conflicts within clerical culture have compromised the power structure of the church. This new paperback edition of Berry's investigation includes an updated introduction that takes the scandal into the Vatican.


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It sure appears that Jason's outrage towards sex abuse is selective. When a psychologist for SNAP, Dr. Steve Taylor, was arrested on 107 counts of sick kiddie porn, Jason Berry actually wrote a letter on the pervy doc's behalf. In fact, Berry also admitted, "I'd do it again."
What if Dr. Taylor were a Catholic priest?
This book smells like anti-Catholicism.

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"Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever... now suck it!" ...yesyes...quite a sex racket. Otherwise, why go into the bend-over Biz ? Read full review


PART ONE Anatomy of a Cooerup i Pleadings
Ethics of an Expose
Mouton for the Defense
The Passion of J Minos Simon
Sexual Outcasts
Men in High Places
Rumblings in the Fourth Estate
Labyrinths of Secrecy
The Vatican Crackdown
The New Gay Clericalism
Wounded Seminaries
PART THREE Tragedy and Hope
The Bishops Tragic Flaw
Arenas of Justice
Chicago The Empowerment of Victims

Monarchy vs Democracy
Verdict and Counterattack
PART TWO The Political Dynamics of Celihacy xi Homosexuality Birth Control and
The New Confession
Prospects for Reform
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About the author (1992)

Jason Berry achieved prominence for his reporting on the Catholic Church crisis in Lead Us Not Into Temptation (1992), a book used in many newsrooms. He has been widely interviewed in the national media, with many appearances on Nightline, Oprah, ABC and CNN. USA Today called Berry "the rare investigative reporter whose scholarship, compassion and ability to write with the poetic power of Robert Penn Warren are in perfect balance." Vows of Silence: The Abuse of Power in the Papacy of John Paul II, written with Gerald Renner (2004) has Spanish, Australian and Italian editions. The film he produced based on the book won Best TV Documentary Award at 2008 Docs D.F. -- Mexico City International Festival of Documentary Film. His most recent book, Render Unto Rome, earned the 2011 Investigative Reporters and Editors Award. Jason Berry produces documentaries and writes on culture and politics for many publications. Up From the Cradle of Jazz, his history of New Orleans music, was reissued in fall 2009 with new sections on the cultural impact of Hurricane Katrina. His other books include Amazing Grace: With Charles Evers in Mississippi, The Spirit of Black Hawk and Louisiana Faces: Images from A Renaissance with photographs of Philip Gould. He received a 2001 Guggenheim Fellowship for research on jazz funerals and a 1992 Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship for reporting on Louisiana demagogues. His play, Earl Long in Purgatory, won a 2002 Big Easy award for Best Original Work in Theatre. He is also the author of Last of the Red Hot Poppas, a comic novel about Louisiana politics. Jason Berry lives in New Orleans. www.jasonberryauthor.com

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