This parallel lives approach makes for compelling storytelling, but it also creates a disjointed approach with much skipping around in time. What sets this apart from yet-another-expose about the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal is the in-depth reporting on the militaristic Legionaries of Christ, an extremely powerful and conservative order of priests and laymen that are affiliated with a worldwide web of prep schools and universities. Berry and Renner offer a fascinating conspiracy theory about how this international legion managed to protect its abusers and contribute to the long-term secrecy and cover-up. The bold accusations eventually land in the lap of Pope John Paul II, who seemed more invested in protecting the legion and the vow of silence than addressing the abuse. --Gail Hudson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Like countless other books, ‘Render unto Rome’ gave me lots of instances of Vatican bank corruption. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Todd Hamilton, playwright
This book should be required reading for anybody bound to tradition, as it exposes the dangers and real harm done by ignorant obedience to an enormous and ancient establishment,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mary Bellis Williams
I'd seen this story on Frontline (CNN) and was appalled. Knowing what's happening in the church (I've been raised Catholic) has been upsetting; I wasn't aware of how deep things... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rose N.
I liked the history the author put in his story. I also learned a lot I didn't know, about the faith,as well ad the cover up.Published 5 months ago by Shane Music
Jason Berry is an investigative reporter in New Orleans; he has also written Lead Us Not Into Temptation: Catholic Priests and the Sexual Abuse of Children, and directed the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Steven H. Propp
This book is especially helpful if you wish to *understand* the motives and mechanisms governing the cover-ups of child abuse in the Catholic Church in the US and the crisis that... Read morePublished 7 months ago by DarkEl
Absolutely the best insider information I have read. The church, the papacy, and the "reverend" atmosphere all should be ashamed and start acknowledging these atrocities.Published 14 months ago by M. Nelson
I am a die hard Catholic, but not a prude and realistic when it comes to human weakness. However, I was shocked to discover how many people in the Church hierarchy lie. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Joan Horvath
This is an incredible read. While it isn't surprising at the power and stubbornness of an bureaucratic institution as old as the Catholic Church, it is incredibly saddening and... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Rhode Island Reader