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Lead Us Not into Temptation: Catholic Priests and the Sexual Abuse of Children [Paperback]

By Jason Berry (Author) & Andrew M. Greeley (Foreword by)
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An investigative look into cases of sexual abuse of boys by Catholic priests profiles the families and children who are struggling to regain faith and secure justice; the church officials struggling to cover up the scandal; and the abusive priests.

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Studio: University of Illinois Press
Pages   407
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   1.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 31, 2000
Publisher   University of Illinois Press
ISBN  0252068122  
ISBN13  9780252068126  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jason served seven years in the PA Army National Guard as an Infantry SGT with one deployment to Iraq. He currently is in his third year of teaching Health and Physical Education at a local High School and is also an ACE certified Personal Trainer.

Jason Berry currently resides in New Orleans, in the state of Louisiana.

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beware: virulently anti-Catholic  Oct 28, 2005
First half of the book is straightforward reportage of the Gilbert Gauthe case. The second half is a polemic in which Berry propagandizes for open homosexual activity among priests.
Many devout Catholics, unlike left-wing reporters like Berry, trace the roots of the abuse scandal to encouragement of homosexual activity in seminaries since the 1960's. If you consider yourself a friend rather than an enemy of the Church, then buy "Goodbye, Good Men" by Michael Rose instead of this.
A Must Read...  Oct 11, 2003
Jason Berry is to be commended for his courage, reporting and investigative skills in bringing this tale to the public. As a fellow Catholic I know it must have been a painful experience. It is truely a "must read" and I would just like to say "Thank you" to Mr. Berry.
Informative  Jul 17, 2003
Interesting, informative book about the pedophile scandal in the Catholic Church. The author points out that the true problem lies in the cover-up. Pediphiles occur in many areas of society, but other agencies, such as the Boy Scouts, do not try to protect and hide them. The Catholic Church does.
Remarkable Book  Oct 13, 2002
I have had first hand experience with priest sexual misconduct, so I have read much of the literature and have followed the present crisis closely. This is the best thing I have read. The best written and researched. Every Catholic should read this book about the present state of the priesthood. I know what he is saying is true, and I also know from my experience, but it still astounds me.
Remarkable Book by Remarkable Author  Aug 12, 2002
This is truly a can't-put-down book about the current crisis in the Catholic Church--priest abuse of children. Jason's book was written before the present crisis that erupted in 2002, but it gives solid background of other priest-pedophile cases dating back 30 years or so.

Jason is not content to just quote other sources--books, newspapers, magazines--as others have done concerning this scandal. He actually went and interviewed the priests, bishops, parents, and most importantly, the victims. He doesn't just state the facts, which could become boring, but he has the gift of writing that made me feel that I was actually there, seeing and hearing what he was seeing and hearing.

Nothing else got done in my house for over a week because I was so wrapped up in his true characters and his gritty, gutsy reporting style. This is not a book for the faint of heart, and Jason does not pull any punches in his investigative reporting. He proves himself vulnerable, however, as he revealed that he cried with victims and became angry with the system that let this abuse be a continual event. He remains a Catholic as I am because he feels that there is still hope that the Catholic Church can correct itself and become what Jesus meant it to be. I feel the same way.

The Catholic hierarchy is shown as more caring about the male buddy system than they are about our children who need our protection. The guilty priests, who should have been defrocked and turned over to the authorities, were nonchalantly transferred to other parishes with no warning to other parishes about the new priest in their midst and his dangerous, dark side.

Jason's writing is powerful and real. When I read the part about a man who became terrified because he felt that the devil was after him after he had talked to a pedophile priest, that terror transferred itself to me. It was 2 a.m. and I had been unable to stop reading Jason's book. I needed to go downstairs to get my medicine, but I was afraid to do so. My house alarm had been on so I knew that no BODY was in the house, but I felt the same evil that Jason's character had felt. It was as though an evil menace was there in the room with me. I knew that this menace did not want me to read Jason's book and thereby learn about all the evil that had been buried in the Catholic Church for so many years and that Jason's reporting was now bringing to the light.

Fortunately, the terror did not last long. A beautiful peace soon settled over me, and I knew that a protective Presence had entered my room, dispersing the evil menace. This loving Presence wanted me to continue reading Jason's book so that I would be knowledgeable and would be prepared for necessary changes that I believe the Holy Spirit will make in the Catholic Church.

Thank you, Jason, for a remarkable book and all your labor that went into it. I do not know you but I feel that I do. Keep up the good work.


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