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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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.


Francis inherits decades of abuse cover-up

Commentary, Part 1 of 3: Pope Francis is trying to chart a way out of the long, aching scandal by forging standards where few exist. How did the crisis reach this stage? What feasible reforms can the pope engineer?

Fr. Jerome LeDoux, revered New Orleans pastor, dies at 88

One of New Orleans' most popular priests, Fr. Jerome LeDoux, died Jan 7. He served as pastor of St. Augustine Catholic Church for 16 years, establishing it as a welcoming space for people of different faiths.

Book Review

Memoir moves from harrowing to hopeful