February 15, 2006

Writer on priest abuse to speak in N. Naples

Naples Daily News

By Janine Zeitlin

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

When Jason Berry started digging into the case of a Catholic priest accused of sexual abuse in Cajun country two decades ago, he found a thread common in scandals he has written about in the years since.

Cover-ups, secrecy and a divide between the people and church governing powers were discovered, said Berry, a 56-year-old journalist, in an interview from his New Orleans home.

“What these many abuse cases are about are two intertwined stories. One is about a pathologically driven priest and the other is about a bishop whose idea of power is based on complete fidelity to the system,” he said. “Each one of these stories is about a conflict between monarchy and democracy.”

Berry co-wrote “Vows of Silence” and was the author of “Lead Us Not into Temptation” — two lauded books probing sexual abuse by priests and how the Catholic Church responded.

Voice of the Faithful, a national group formed to respond to the scandals, is hosting Berry at a 7 p.m. public talk Thursday at St. John the Evangelist Church, 625 111th Ave. N., in North Naples.

Posted by kshaw at February 15, 2006 07:40 AM