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For immediate release: Thursday, June 9

Noted author Jason Berry to speak in St. Louis

His new book is on Catholic Church finances

Three local organizations are sponsoring a reading and discussion in St. Louis on Tuesday of a nationally recognized writer who has a new book out about the largely secret finances of the Catholic Church.

Jason Berry has written “Render unto Rome: The Secret Life of Money in the Catholic Church;” the first real in-depth examination of the institution’s financial underpinnings and practices.

The Faithful of Southern Illinois (FOSIL), Voice of the Faithful (VOTF) and the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) are sponsoring Berry’s appearance.

Berry is the nation's most experienced reporter on clergy sexual abuse, having uncovered the first nationally publicized pedophile priest scandal in Louisiana in 1985.

His first book on the crisis, Lead Us Not Into Temptation, was published in 1992. He has written on the church scandal for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Washington Post and worked as a consultant to ABC News. His 2004 book Vows of Silence (co-written with Gerald Renner), tracked the career of Marcial Maciel, one of the most powerful priests in Rome who was long shadowed by pedophilia accusations, and Pope John Paul II’s failure to remove him. With grant support from the Fund for Investigative Journalism, Berry later did a film about the Maciel scandal and the Vatican justice system.

Berry has been widely interviewed by the national media, appearing many times on Nightline, Oprah, Good Morning America, National Public Radio, and national network news. His commentaries have been published in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and many newspapers. For years, he has done extensive reporting for the National Catholic Reporter, an independent newspaper that has followed the abuse crisis since Berry’s first reports in 1985.

Berry was an off-air reporter on Frontline’s 1992 episode Who Is David Duke? His other works include the novel Last of the Red Hot Poppas and the theatrical work Earl Long in Purgatory, which won a 2002 Big Easy Award for best original work of theater.

The event will be on June 14 at Schlafly’s Tap Room at 2100 Locust from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Books will be available for purchase and signing through Left Bank Books.

For more information: Mary Ellen Kruger 314-807-2372 [email protected], Jason Berry 504-865-1793

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests