An investigative journalist and author will give a lecture raising questions about the financial underpinnings of the Catholic Church on Thursday, Sept. 15, at Fairfield University.

Jason Berry, author of "Render Unto Rome: The Secret Life of Money in the Catholic Church" will speak at 8 p.m. in the university's Dolan School of Business. The program is free and open to the public.

Berry allows that the Catholic Church has been a major source of charity, the university said in a news release. But he calls into question the trail of money in the church, from parish collection baskets to funds from sales of real estate by dioceses on to the Vatican.

Berry achieved prominence for his reporting on the Catholic Church crisis in his 1992 book, "Lead Us Not Into Temptation," and has been widely interviewed in the national media.