Wednesday, September 21, 2011

"Writing About the Catholic Church's Darkest Scandals, He Still See the Light: Jason Berry" by Manuel Roig-Franzia/Washington Post/ Sept. 21, 2011

Jason Berry hs written worsk on clerical sexual abuse. His most recent book is "Render Unto Rome: The Secret Life of Money in the Catholic Church".
"As Berry has traveled the country for book readins this month, the church has been pressed to relive its anguish anew; barely a week ago victims of clergy sex abuse asked the International Criminal Court a the Hague to prosecute Pope Benedict XVI for crimes against humanity for allegedly shielding abusive priests.... He accuses the Vatican of siphoning charitable donations from its special "peer's Pence" collection to plug its budget deficit and a high-ranking cardinal of collecting bribes in return for access to Pope John Paul II. He puts forth that another high-ranking cardinal facilitated a profiteering scheme to make his nephew rich by selling American churches, and he asserts that dioceses throughout the United States have been shuttering financilly successful churches to seize control of their assets and then refusing to properly disclose their finances to the same parishoners responsible for making donations that keep the church afloat... Catholics," he writes, "historically function in a culture of passivity, a mentality of pay, pray, obey that assumes that donations and decisions entrusted to ecclesial officials are executed for 'the good of the church.'"

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