‘The Keepers’ isn’t easy to watch. Here’s why you should anyway

Photo: Netflix

What is it about habits and cassocks that capture the imagination of even secular audiences? Mix those priests and nuns with a murder mystery and you’ve got a ready-made hit in this era of “The Young Pope” and “Making a Murderer.”

Enter Netflix’s Emmy-nominated documentary series “The Keepers.” It begins with the story of Sister Cathy Cesnik, a beloved Catholic high school teacher, who was murdered in 1969 and whose case remains unsolved. But it quickly evolves into something much larger: an excruciating investigation into clerical sex abuse at the school.

Advertisement

This week, we talk to Nick Ripatrazone about the series—and ask why it is important for Catholics to watch shows and films that expose the church’s sins.

And in Signs of the Times, a message from the Holy Father: Stop complaining! At least to the pope. Save it for the Lord; he’s much more patient. Next, a Catholic priest in Texas wins the national home beer brewing award and nuns copyright Mother Teresa’s famous white and blue habit. Finally, Germany’s Cardinal Reinhard Marx says Catholics should be less worried about how the state defines marriage and more concerned about the church’s own record of discrimination toward the L.G.B.T. community.

Enjoy the show? You can subscribe to Jesuitical on iTunes or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Leave us a review while you’re at it. We will be eternally grateful and will give you a shout out on the show!

We want to hear from you. Leave us a comment here, write us at [email protected] or find us on Twitter @jesuiticalshow.

Links from the show:

In Netflix's "The Keepers," a nun’s unsolved murder tears apart a Catholic community

Pope Francis puts a sign on his office door: "No whining!"

Catholic Priest Wins National Home Beer Home Brewing Award

Top Vatican cardinal upset over copyrighting of Mother Teresa sari by nuns

Cardinal Marx says anti-gay discrimination, not same-sex marriage, is defeat for Church - La Croix International

What’s on tap?

Limoncello! Good to clean the soul.

— Nick Ripatrazone (@nickripatrazone) July 18, 2017
Comments are automatically closed two weeks after an article's initial publication. See our comments policy for more.

Advertisement
More: TV / US Church

Don't miss the best from America

Sign up for our Newsletter to get the Jesuit perspective on news, faith and culture.

The latest from america

Have you ever gotten to know a priest only to discover that your conception of who he was was misguided?
Zac DavisDecember 08, 2017
This week’s guest is Eve Tushnet, a contributing writer for America. Her latest article is “What it’s like going to church when you’re homeless.”
The EditorsDecember 08, 2017
A Rohingya woman holds her infant as she scuffles to receive relief aid Nov. 28 in the Kutupalong refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. (CNS photo/Susana Vera, Reuters)
Caroline Brennan, the emergency communications director for C.R.S., describes conditions among impromptu refugee camps of Rohingya Muslim families in Bangladesh.
Kevin ClarkeDecember 06, 2017
The story of the church, in the United States—past, present and future—is the story of black Catholics.
Ashley McKinlessDecember 01, 2017