Priest who came to Ireland in 1990s linked to nun's murder in new Netflix documentary The Keepers
A priest who moved to Ireland from the US in the mid 1990s has been linked to the murder of a nun in Netflix's new documentary The Keepers.
The seven part series, which debuts on the streaming site on Friday, examines the unsolved murder of Catholic nun Sister Cathy Cesnik, in Baltimore in 1969.
Nobody has ever been charged despite a lead emerging in the 1990s when one of her former students at Keough High School came forward to claim she was sexually abused by the high school's chaplain Father Joseph Maskell.
She also revealed that she was taken to see Sister Cathy's undiscovered body and was told, 'See what happens when you say bad things about people.'
Police believe she was murdered to prevent her revealing abuse at the school.
In The Keepers director Ryan White goes beyond the murder and uncovers clergy abuse, repressed memories and government and religious institutions that he says “at best, dropped the ball over the last 45 years – and, at worst, covered it up.”
The Sunday Times reports that the late Fr Maskell fled to Ireland in 1994 after police arrived to arrest him but that in correspondence between Fr Maskell and the Bishop he claimed he had been given temporary leave in America.
He was employed by the health service as a psychologist. When the diocese contacted Baltimore they were told about the allegations against him and this information was given to the health service.
However, the priest continued to work as a psychologist in private practice in Wexford until 1998. He later returned to America and died in 2001.
Police investigating the murder in Baltimore exhumed his body earlier this year and DNA results are expected this summer.
Over the past two evenings I have watched THE KEEPERS on Netflix on my TV.
I thought that I had heard it all about the evil in the Roman Catholic Church and that I could not be shocked.
THE KEEPERS shocked me to the very core of my being.
It is the story of 100+ girls being abused in a Baltimore Catholic school by the school chaplain Father Joseph Maskell.
One of the nun teachers at the school found out what happened and she was murdered!
Father Maskell brought a girl student he was abusing to see the dead body in a ditch to show her what would happen to her if she talked.
Father Maskell was also a police chaplain and the police covered up for him.
In fact he was providing school girls to police officers and others to rape.
The Archdiocese of Baltimore covered up for Father Maskell and moved him from parish to parish!
When the going got tough for Maskell he WAS MOVED TO WEXFORD IN IRELAND where he died without having to answer for his horrific crimes!
DID ANYONE IN THE IRISH CATHOLIC CHURCH HELP HIDE HIM ???
We thought we had heard it all with the child abuse and the Tuam babies.
THERE IS MUCH MORE HIDDEN!
THERE IS MUCH MORE TO COME OUT!
Not just abuse and rape - but murder!
How anyone can support the Catholic Church after all this is totally beyond my comprehension ???