Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Professor is accounting expert for new book investigating financials of the Catholic Church

Dr. Jack Ruhl, associate dean and professor of accountancy in the Haworth College of Business, served as the accounting expert for a newly released book, “Render Unto Rome: The Secret Life of Money in the Catholic Church.”

Written by novelist and documentary filmmaker Jason Berry, who also wrote “Lead Us Not Into Temptation: Catholic Priests and the Sexual Abuse of Children,” the book provides insight into “the secrecy and deceit that run counter to the values of the Catholic Church,” says Berry.

The author examines the church’s financial practices and lack of accountability for billions of dollars channeled through the Catholic Church annually.

“I think the book is going to receive a lot of attention,” says Ruhl. “New York Times’ columnist Maureen Dowd mentioned it in her column a few weeks ago. When ‘Lead us Not Into Temptation’ was released, Berry appeared on television talk shows such as “Oprah”, “Phil Donahue” and “Geraldo Rivera”.

Ruhl was mentioned in the acknowledgements and identified several times in the book. He is scheduled to appear with the author at the American Catholic Conference in Detroit on June 10-11.