Lead Us Not Into Temptation: Catholic Priests and the Sexual Abuse of Children
In the autumn of 1984, Jason Berry first heard reports of the sexual abuse of boys by a priest in rural Louisiana. He didn't want to believe it. As a Catholic, he loved the church. As an expectant father, he was horrified for the abused children. But as a reporter, he wanted to find out what had happened. And what he found was that the case in Louisiana was by no means unusual. In fact, between 1984 and 1992, four hundred Catholic priests in North America have been reported for molesting children. To date, Berry estimates, $400 million has been paid by the church to resolve these cases. One source projects that $1 billion may be paid by century's end. Lead us not into temptation is a masterful behind-the-scenes account of this unprecedented crisis in the Catholic Church. The story begins with an in-depth look at the case in Louisiana - a case representative of many across North America. A devout community is rocked by once-unspeakable things.
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LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION: Catholic Priests and the Sexual Abuse of ChildrenUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Berry, a New Orleans journalist, tips over a religious rock and finds a nest of corruption, deceit, and despair. Despite a hyperventilating foreword by Andrew Greeley (``perhaps the most serious ... Read full review
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.
PART ONE Anatomy of a Cooerup i Pleadings
Ethics of an Expose
Mouton for the Defense
The Passion of J Minos Simon
Men in High Places
Rumblings in the Fourth Estate
Labyrinths of Secrecy
The Vatican Crackdown
The New Gay Clericalism
PART THREE Tragedy and Hope
The Bishops Tragic Flaw
Arenas of Justice
Chicago The Empowerment of Victims