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

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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.


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.

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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
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