Jason Berry achieved prominence for his reporting on the Catholic church crisis in Lead Us Not Into Temptation (1992). He began writing for NCR in 1984. He has been widely interviewed in the national media, with many appearances on Nightline, Oprah, ABC and CNN. USA Today called Berry “the rare investigative reporter whose scholarship, compassion and ability to write with the poetic power of Robert Penn Warren are in perfect balance.”

Vows of Silence: The Abuse of Power in the Papacy of John Paul II, written with Gerald Renner (2004) has Spanish, Australian and Italian editions. The film won Best TV Documentary Award at 2008 Docs D.F. -- Mexico City International Festival of Documentary Film.

Most recently Berry Berry was a co-producer of the Frontline documentary "Secrets of the Vatican" on PBS.

He produces documentaries and writes on culture and politics for many publications. Learn more.

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The last bull: Cardinal Sodano goes out

On December 21, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Cardinal Angelo Sodano as dean of the College of Cardinals. Like a bull stampeding moral values, the 92-year-old prelate practiced Machiavellian politics on a breathtaking scale and was the great protector of Marcial Maciel and other notorious predators.

Book Review

Shaping the early Christian church, Paul came before the Gospel writers

Book review: Christianity's growth in the decades after the crucifixion is a narrative seeded with mysteries. Some two millennia later, questions still beget questions over the way Christianity branched out from small home-church enclaves.


Francis must fix cover-up culture that John Paul II enabled

Commentary, Part 3 of 3: The church's cover-up debacle owes greatly to John Paul II. In 1989, U.S. bishops sought the authority to defrock child predators. John Paul refused. For years, I wondered why.


Institutional lying at heart of the crisis

Commentary, Part 2 of 3: For years, bishops proclaimed the sanctity of life in the womb while playing musical chairs with child molesters. They kept the closed system operating, until insiders leaked information.

Book Review

Memoir moves from harrowing to hopeful