By Jason Berry
Within the autumn of 1984, Jason Berry heard studies of the sexual abuse of boys by means of a clergyman in rural Louisiana. As an expectant father, he used to be horrified for the kids. As a Catholic he reasoned that even a clergyman can devote crimes. As a reporter, he desired to discover what had occurred. during this ground-breaking ebook, first released in 1992 and nonetheless utilized in many newsrooms, Berry uncovered a tradition of corrosive secrecy during which bishops hid a legal sexual underground. one in all Berry’s resources effectively projected $1 billion in church losses by way of century's finish. Lead Us now not Into Temptation is the masterful narrative of an epic main issue because it unfolds. the tale starts in a single Cajun neighborhood numbed through the conclusion unmarried priest abused dozens of youngsters. A courageous weekly newspaper reviews that the bishop reassigned extra predator clergymen, and for its attempt unearths itself counter-attacked via the day-by-day press. As church officers take a seat in silence, legal professionals conflict over the cost of sufferers’ agony. because the prosecutor bears down, Berry reveals an eerie church insider who courses him right into a labyrinth. the tale strikes to the Vatican Embassy in Washington, D.C., the place a mystery pedophilia document warns American bishops of the miraculous implications if a forthright coverage isn't really quickly followed. but circumstances hold surfacing. big apple urban, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Chicago, Cleveland, Honolulu, Seattle, New Orleans and in Canada as Berry unpeels an online of pain and struggles for justice. whereas abusive monks are reshuffled, Berry follows a Vatican crackdown on liberal theologians. As Vatican officers assault gays, Berry profiles homosexual monks and seminarians. Lead Us now not Into Temptation is as a lot approximately journalism because the cover-up tradition the writer uncovered a decade sooner than The Boston Globe’s significant sequence. during this up to date variation, Lead Us now not Into Temptation stands as a good and fearless portrayal of the Catholic Church’s worst obstacle in centuries. Jason Berry’s publication stands too as a haunting confirmation of religion. "The maximum scandal within the background of faith in America." -- From the foreword by means of Andrew M. Greeley "[Has] a similar narrative pleasure as Woodward and Bernstein's all of the President's males. there's even a secret whistle-blower, comparable to Deep Throat, whom Berry dubs "Chalice" and who meets a sorry destiny within the denouement." -- The country "Berry is the infrequent investigative reporter whose scholarship, compassion, and skill to jot down with the poetic strength of Robert Penn Warren are in excellent balance... [T]he church itself couldn't have requested for a extra fair-minded software of its personal indictment." -- united states at the present time "Lead Us now not into Temptation is often as compelling as a singular, however it can be a considerate, confined exam of an explosive topic that during much less expert arms may possibly simply were exploited and sensationalized." -- Cleveland undeniable broker
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