Catholic stuff on cable, network television, and radio

There have been a few noteworthy (and un-noteworthy), Catholic-themed programs in the media lately that I’d like to deal with all in one fell swoop:

Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History on CNN
Episode 1: The Rise of the Pope

This CNN series debuted this past Sunday night and I caught the first episode, “The Rise of the Pope,” via on-demand. This docudrama plays fast and loose with historical accuracy. There are no credible sources proving that the apostle Peter was the first bishop of Rome, although this episode presents Catholicism’s claims as fact. Roman Emperor Constantine’s sponsorship of the church is discussed, but as I’ve questioned before (see here), where was the bishop of Rome when Constantine was calling ALL the shots regarding the church? The presentation of the increasing institutionalization of the early church, patterned after the Roman imperial model, is well done. This episode ends with an examination of Roman Catholicism’s schism with Eastern Orthodoxy in 1054 and the genesis of the Crusades to recover the “Holy Land” from the Muslims as well as to suppress Jews and heretics.

While this first episode propagates the Catholic church’s un-Biblical and historically unsupported claims about the primacy of Peter, it does a pretty good job of showing how the leadership of the early Catholic church was increasingly motivated by the lust for temporal political power and wealth. I’m disappointed that no evangelical scholars were asked to participate as commentators. Future episodes are listed as follows:

  • 3/18 – The Resignation of Benedict XVI.
  • 3/25 – The Price of Progress.
  • 4/1 – A Church Divided. (This is definitely an episode I don’t want to miss – Tom)
  • 4/8 – The Wartime Popes.
  • 4/15 – Courage, Change, & the Modern Papacy.

Living Biblically, CBS, Monday Nights
Episode Three: Love Thy Neighbor

After watching the first two installments of this regrettable new CBS comedy series, I finally got around to seeing episode number three via on-demand. The main character, Chip, a Roman Catholic, continues as a self-described “good person trying to be better” by following Biblical law. In this episode, he’s tormented by his inconsiderate upstairs apartment neighbors who blast their stereo late into the night while engaging in noisy sex. Sorry, folks, but that’s the premise. Chip consults with his “god squad,” a priest and a rabbi, and ends up being on better terms with his annoying co-worker, Cheryl, as well as kindly convincing his upstairs neighbors to show some consideration for their fellow tenants. Not a lot of substance here, and nothing about the need for salvation by God’s grace though faith in Jesus Christ alone. The best way to love our unsaved neighbors is to share the Gospel with them, but in Chip’s world, it’s all about being a “good” person.

The Catholic Current
The Station of the Cross, WLOF (Our Lady of Fatima), 101.7 FM, Buffalo, New York

For almost four years, I listened to daily podcasts of a Catholic talk radio show,  “Calling All Catholics,” broadcast out of Buffalo, New York. It was a pretty standard format with Catholic listeners calling in to ask the priest hosts questions about the Catholic religion. The reason I listened was to stay abreast of what was going on within the Catholic church and to use some of the information as fodder for this blog.

But beginning on January 3rd, the show changed dramatically. The name was changed to “The Catholic Current” with a new format addressing the errors and confusion creeping into the church from the likes of pope Francis and his progressive allies. Previous priest hosts were jettisoned and traditionalist priests were brought aboard including David Nix, Ronan Murphy, Shannon Collins, and Robert McTeigue. For twenty-four broadcasts, from January 3rd until February 6th, the traditionalist priests strongly criticized the pope and church progressives in regards to a variety of topics. It was quite amazing to behold! But suddenly it all stopped. Without any explanation, “The Catholic Current” was temporarily replaced by broadcasts of Al Kresta’s national Catholic talk show. WLOF’s website said “The Catholic Current” was “on hiatus.” The show began broadcasting again on March 12th, but notably missing were Nix, Murphy, Collins, and McTeigue and any open criticisms of the pope. All of the previous shows had been deleted from the podcast archive. The replacement priests are currently discussing the hum-drum basics of Catholic doctrine.

So, what happened? Not one word of explanation was given on the March 12th broadcast regarding the hiatus, the dramatic change in subject material, or the dismissal of the four priest hosts. My guess? Someone had called the Buffalo diocesan office and complained that WLOF was openly encouraging opposition to pope Francis. A diocesan representative then presumably contacted the offices of WLOF and “strongly encouraged” the station to cease and desist immediately.

The above is sheer speculation on my part, but I believe it’s a very good guess. It’s absolutely amazing to watch Catholicism attempt to grapple with pope Francis’ lifting of the ban on communion for remarried divorcees in the “Amoris Laetitia” encyclical and his other “reforms.” You couldn’t find any better theater on Broadway, but following this three-ring circus are hundreds of millions of loyal Catholics who are attempting to earn their salvation according to their church’s false gospel of sacramental grace and merit.


Sunday Potpourri

The topics below may not necessarily be uplifting, but they’re important for discerning followers of Christ:

“Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History” premiers on CNN tonight

Tonight at 10 p.m. EST is the premier of “Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History,” a six-part docudrama on CNN. I’ve learned over the past not to trust CNN to accurately present Biblical Christianity and I’m confident they won’t begin tonight. Catholic pundits have already weighed in on the series and seem to like it quite a bit except for some qualifications regarding the nastier historical details. See here. The papal office, with all of its worldly pomp and regalia and all of its ignominious history, is actually one of the most convincing arguments against Catholicism being a Christian entity. I’ll be watching the series via on-demand, but I’m not sure at this point if I’ll be reviewing each episode or writing one comprehensive review. Yes, the bishop of Rome morphed into the powerful leader of the increasingly imperialistic church beginning around 500 AD and I believe the pope will play an extremely important role in endtime events, but not in a good way. For a view of the dark side of the papacy, see here.

Vatican releases “Easter” postage stamp of “buff Jesus.”


Conservative Catholics are wagging their tongues over this very strange new stamp released by the Vatican just in time for “Easter” depicting the risen Jesus as a buff gym dude who “causes women’s hearts to beat faster.” See the article here. This is offensive to Bible Christians on multiple levels and I report it here strictly for information sake. There are many strange things going on behind closed doors at the Vatican, and I would suggest this disturbing stamp is another indication. See a previous post on this topic here.

Living Biblically, Episode 2, “False Idols”


A couple of weeks ago, I posted about CBS’s new comedy show, “Living Biblically,” in which the main character, Chip, attempts to live his life strictly according to Biblical Law. There was absolutely no mention of the Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. See here.

I recently watched the second episode via on-demand. In this installment, Chip is disgusted by his wife’s idolization of pop singer, Beyonce, but his “god squad” advisors, a priest and a rabbi, suggest that he practices idolatry as well with his preoccupation with his smart phone. Chip immediately destroys the device, replacing it with “old school” technology (calculator, wristwatch, camera, beeper, paper maps, etc.) leading to all kinds mayhem. But all ends well as Chip is able to procure tickets to a Beyonce concert for his wife using his new “old fashioned” methods. As in the first episode, Chip sees himself as a “good” person trying to be a better person by living according to Biblical laws. His viewpoint aligns nicely with the Catholic system of merited salvation. For committed Catholics, their institutional church is their idol, which comes between them and the free gift of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. Tomorrow night, Chip struggles to love his neighbor.

Florida shooter asks for a Bible


News sources report that 19-year-old mass murderer, Nikolas Cruz, has requested a Bible to read. Praise God! My prayer is that Cruz someday repents of his sins and accepts Jesus Christ as his Savior by faith alone. Yes, the Lord can save even troubled mass murderers. There is none righteous, no not one.

Nikolas Cruz, Florida School Shooter, Asks to Read the Bible in Jail

“Living Biblically” misses the main point of the Bible – the Good News of salvation in Jesus Christ!

Living Biblically
Created by Patrick Walsh and featuring Jay R. Ferguson, Ian Gomez, Lindsey Kraft, and David Krumholtz
CBS, Monday nights, 9:30 p.m. EST

In the last Weekend Roundup, I mentioned CBS’s new television show, “Living Biblically,” and last night I caught up with Monday night’s pilot episode via on-demand.

The show begins with “lapsed” (non-practicing) Roman Catholic, Chip Curry (Ferguson), who is very troubled by the recent death of his best friend. In the midst of his depression, he decides to start reading the Bible in an attempt to lift himself out of his doldrums and “make sense of it all.” His new “spirituality” consists of endeavoring to live his life in strict accordance with all of the Bible’s precepts. Chip’s local parish priest, “father” Gene (Gomez), tries to humor the zealot into mitigating his rigorous chosen path, while his atheist wife, Leslie (Kraft), is worried her formerly religiously indifferent husband has turned into a fanatical “Bible banger.” Chip takes things too far when he literally “stones” (i.e., small pebble to the forehead) a notorious womanizer who he works with, but his “obedience” seems to be divinely rewarded by a job upgrade at a higher salary. More “comical” clashes between Biblical literalism and secular culture are sure to follow as the series continues.

A couple of moments in the the show really captured its overall spirit:

  • In one of the initial scenes, Chip visits priest Gene in a confessional (photo above) and declares that he’s already a “good” person who desires to be “even better” by following the Bible literally.
  • In the final scene, Chip, Leslie, priest Gene, and Jewish rabbi, Gil (Krumholtz), gather together at a local watering hole and philosophize about Chip’s new “spirituality.” Leslie has just found out she is pregnant and is worried about how Chip’s newfound “faith” will affect their child. The rabbi and priest agree the important thing is that both parents just focus on raising the child as a “loving human being” and everything will be fine.

So what we see in “Living Biblically” is the prevailing gospel of works righteousness with the essential requirement of being a “good” person in order to merit a reward. Jesus Christ was not mentioned once during the entire thirty minutes, which was certainly not a surprise. The Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone is the red thread that runs through the entire Bible, but Chip doesn’t get it and neither do the show’s writers and creators. The letter of the Law is emphasized rather than the Gospel that the Law points to. In future episodes, viewers will no doubt witness many other examples of Biblical precepts pulled out of their context and made to look comically ridiculous just like the faux “stoning” of the adulterer in this pilot episode.

Few Catholics will have an axe to grind with Living Biblically’s view of religion because it’s largely in sync with the notions of popular Catholicism, but Biblical Christians will certainly have a problem with what this show communicates about the Bible. We can only hope that some souls might be inspired by “Living Biblically” to actually start reading the Bible and that the Holy Spirit will enlighten them to the Good News! of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone.

“Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” – Round 2

I had watched the first season of “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” last Winter and Spring, which I found to be a fascinating examination of that religious cult, so I also followed the second season this Fall. I’ll soon be catching the final two episodes, which were televised this past Sunday and yesterday, via on-demand.

Actress, Leah Remini, was a member of Scientology for 35 years. In this documentary series, she and co-host, Mike Rinder, a former top executive of the “church,” examine some of the teachings of Scientology and interview several former members who were abused.

This series is “must see” television. Scientology’s manipulation and abuse of its membership is sad and terrifying. Remini is on an uncompromising mission to lead people out of the church and to warn others who may be considering it.

Remini’s passion resonates with me on a certain level because I also warn people of the dangers of another cultish religious organization; the Roman Catholic church. Some of you are dismayed. You protest, “Roman Catholicism, a cult?” Yes, Catholicism with its one-billion members might differ from the general understanding of cults being small groups started by a single individual who claims divine guidance and extra-biblical revelation…

Cult: a relatively small group of people having religious beliefs or practices regarded by others as strange or sinister.

…but a cult can also be defined as “an unorthodox sect whose members distort the original doctrines of the religion” and Roman Catholicism certainly qualifies.

As the early church became increasingly institutionalized, simple faith in Jesus Christ as Savior devolved into an increasingly complicated system of legalities, rituals, and ceremonies. The church patterned itself after the authoritarian Roman imperial model. The acquisition of wealth and political power became the driving force within church leadership. Doctrines not found in Scripture, and even opposed to Scripture, were regularly introduced. Nonconformity was not tolerated. Violence was routinely brought to bear upon dissenters.

Today, Catholicism has lost much of its temporal might and can no longer persecute and abuse people at it did in much of its past. The extreme disciplines once imposed on its clergy, especially nuns and monastic monks, would rival and surpass any mistreatment currently dished out by Scientology leader, David Miscavige. But these days, the Catholic clergy can’t persuade the majority of members to attend obligatory mass on Sunday let alone become a priest or nun. Catholicism is a cult that has lost many of its claws and fangs. Despite that, it’s still a toxic belief system that teaches a false gospel of salvation by sacramental grace and merit.

Leah Remini states that she has returned to the Roman Catholicism of her infant baptism. I admire her for leading people out of Scientology, but she offers them no good alternative. Ultimately, one false gospel is the same as the next. None lead to salvation. There is only one genuine Gospel and that is salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone.

It’s quite ironic that my cultural Catholic family thought I had joined a cult after I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior. They assumed no one but a cultist would mention Jesus outside of church.

Below is an interesting article written by Dave Hunt on the cultish church of Rome.

A cult is a cult
By evangelical apologist, Dave Hunt

Things are not always as they appear to be

After lollygagging away most of the summer, the last few months have been very busy for me, between painting one-quarter of the house and attending to all the red tape associated with finalizing the repairs to our house from the damage caused by the March windstorm. But I have made time to follow a couple of television shows. No, I’m not much of a television watcher. Most of the offerings are pure garbage and I’d much rather read a good book, but there are a couple of shows I’ve squeezed into my schedule:

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath: Season Two – After having watched the entire first season of this reality TV exposé, I have seen the first six episodes of the second season. Scientology is about as cultish as it gets; abusing its members emotionally (and church employees physically) and fleecing them of their life savings. Leah is relentless in her attempt to expose her former “church” for what it truly is. As I pointed out last season, after leaving Scientology, Leah returned to the Roman Catholic church where she had been baptized as an infant. So, she has traded one false religion for another. The abuses of Scientology are shocking, but Roman Catholicism has its own sordid history of abuse and corruption. While the Roman church has softened much of its militancy, it wasn’t all that long ago that Protestants viewed Catholicism in much the same way Remini’s viewers are witnessing the “excesses” of Scientology. Is there anything more cultish than the Catholic convents of yesteryear, that were full of virginal “brides of Christ” replete with wedding rings, who were strictly isolated from their families? The bottom line is the Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone cannot be found in either Scientology or Catholicism.

The Exorcist: Season Two – My wife and I have somewhat unusual testimonies in that horror films were a part of our journey to accepting Jesus Christ as Savior, particularly “The Exorcist” (1973) and “The Omen” (1976). We were both raised in the Catholic church with its impersonal rituals and ceremonies, but these films presented evil as a very real entity, not as just some vague notion as we were used to. And if evil was real and personified, it followed that goodness was also real and personified. Our intellectual “belief” in a God would eventually lead to reading God’s Word and trusting in THE God. My wife is still a fan of horror films, although I have little interest outside of watching this show with her. We watched the entire first season of “The Exorcist” and have seen the first episode of the second season. The same two Catholic priests are hunting for demons to exorcise and a troubled foster family appears to be next on their list. As I watch the show, the thought that’s always in the back of my head is that the truly dangerous characters in “The Exorcist” are not the demonic ogres but the pious priests who propagate a false gospel. I think it’s quite ironic.

Most believers would be aghast at a Christian watching such a show as “The Exorcist,” but I’ll defend my “square peg” viewpoint as I did last year. Satan is no dummy. No one is going to voluntarily sign up for an Anton LaVey-ish caricature of Satanism except for a few social misfits. No, Satan’s most effective work is creating religious institutions that present false gospels (and secular institutions that philosophically deny God). Souls end up following a counterfeit works religion rather than accepting Jesus Christ as Savior by faith alone. American believers wouldn’t come within ten feet of “The Exorcist” with it’s Hollywood stereotype demons, but gladly embrace Catholicism with it’s false gospel of sacramental grace and merit as a Christian entity (or eagerly soak up the “health and wealth” nonsense on TBN). Does not compute. “The Exorcist” may not be your cup of tea, and I get that, but I pray the Holy Spirit uses the caricaturish depictions of evil on this television show to bring souls to the Savior as He did with my wife and I.

“And what I am doing I will continue to do, in order to undermine the claim of those who would like to claim that in their boasted mission they work on the same terms as we do. For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.” – 2 Corinthians 11:12-15

Postscript 1: In the last episode of “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath: Season Two,” Leah is outraged over Scientology’s view of homosexuality as deviant behavior. Isn’t she aware that her current church officially teaches that homosexual practices are a sin? Relatively few Catholics actually know their church’s doctrines. But of course doctrine fluctuates in Catholicism depending upon how liberal the parish priest (or current pope 😁) happens to be.

Postscript 2: Scripture certainly teaches that demons may tempt believers, but they cannot possess those who are indwelt by the Holy Spirit. It’s interesting that most of the alleged cases of demon possession I’ve heard of or read about involved baptized Roman Catholics. Priests exorcise possessed Catholics, but who is going to exorcise the priests?

“Martin Luther: The Idea That Changed the World” premiers Tuesday, September 12th on PBS


There’s admittedly a lot of junk on television, but heres a show you may want to see. “Martin Luther: The Idea That Changed the World” premiers on PBS, Tuesday, September 12th. Check your local television listings for broadcast times in your area. Let’s hope the Gospel of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ ALONE is presented. I see from the trailer that Catholic cardinal, Timothy Dolan, is an interviewee so I have my doubts.

Batman ’66 Meets the Legion of Super-Heroes

It’s time to take a respite from theological discussions, so let’s review…

Atomic Batteries to Power, Flight Rings to Speed:
Batman ’66 Meets the Legion of Super-Heroes
Created by Lee, Michael, and Laura Allred
DC Comics, September 2017

This one-off, crossover features the Batman and Robin characters as they were presented on the hokey “Batman” ABC television series (1966-1968) featuring Adam West (d. June 9, 2017) and Burt Ward, and the DC Silver Age version of the Legion of Super-Heroes as they were written by Jim Shooter and drawn by Curt Swan.


Six members of the 30th century’s Legion of Super-Heroes track one of their arch-enemies, Universo, back in time to Gotham City in the year, 1966. The villainous super-hypnotist believes that by intervening in the past, he will be able to prevent the formation of the Legion in the future. The Legionnaires make a surprise visit to the top secret Bat Cave, hoping to enlist Robin into their club and to seek his help in apprehending Universo. When it’s discovered that one of the Legion’s time bubbles has been stolen, Batman deduces the culprit to be the criminal genius, Egghead. The team splits up with Batman traveling with three Legionnaires to 2966 to find Egghead, while the Boy Wonder teams with the three remaining LSH members to search for Universo in Gotham City.

Robin and his team find Universo but are no match for the combined police and military forces who are compelled to do the bidding of their mind-controlling master, and must retreat. Meanwhile, Egghead searches 30th-century science museums hoping to find some technology or information that will give him an advantage back in the 20th century, but comes up empty and returns to 1966. A meeting between Egghead and Universo reveals the former to be the ancestor of the latter.

Robin’s team engages Universo once again but is thwarted by the super-hypnotist’s powers. Just when all appears lost, Batman’s team shows up from the future and joins in the fracas. The battle appears to be a standoff until Batman suggests it’s time for the Legion to unleash its “secret weapon.” Universo is defeated and Saturn Girl once again invites Robin to join the Legion, but Batman insists the Boy Wonder is indispensable in the fight against crime in the 20th-century.


This is as absolutely hokey as it gets folks with no redeeming value other than lots of laughs for fans of the old Batman television show and the Silver Age Legion. There are plenty of “insider” jokes and miscues that will resonate with aging baby boomers like myself who were glued to the family television set on Wednesday and Thursday evenings back in 1966 watching the Dynamic Duo. Many of the villains and “good guys” featured in the TV series make cameo appearances in this story. If you can remember the campy, tongue-in-cheek dialogue of the show and some of the outrageously complicated deductions West’s Batman would extrapolate from some ridiculously minuscule and vague clues, then you’ll enjoy this book. The Allreds capture Adam West’s Batman to a tee.

Final thoughts

A believer contemplates the Lord God in even the most “secular” of circumstances. The “legendary star” of the Batman television show, Adam West, died a couple of months ago at the age of 88 of leukemia. Out of curiosity, I googled “Adam West” along with “God,” “Jesus,” “Christian,” “faith,” and “religion” and came up empty. We won’t know if West accepted Christ this side of eternity, but we do know that fame, fortune, and good health do not last.

“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” – Proverbs 27:1

What does it mean to be a born again Christian?

The Journey “Home” or the journey into spiritual bondage?

EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network) is a traditionalist Catholic communications conglomerate that was founded in 1981 by Catholic nun, “mother” Angelica (aka Rita Antoinette Rizzo).

One of the most popular programs on the EWTN cable television channel is “The Journey Home,” hosted by Marcus Grodi. During the hour-long presentation, Grodi interviews reverts and converts to Roman Catholicism. The guests express their profound appreciation for “coming home” to the “one true church,” with its alleged “apostolic authority” and spiritually “essential” sacraments.

Catholicism teaches a person must receive its sacraments and obey the Ten Commandments perfectly in order to merit their salvation. That is not something to be happy about, but is actually an impossible burden shared by all who believe they must earn their salvation. How much is enough? How good is good enough? It’s a religious treadmill that never ends in this lifetime and ultimately leads to eternal damnation. I was a Roman Catholic for twenty-seven years until I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior by faith alone. Praise the Lord that my salvation is secured in His perfect, imputed righteousness and not my own miserable efforts. I have no righteousness other than my Savior’s righteousness.

Conservative Roman Catholics tune into “The Journey Home” and find great encouragement and satisfaction in the stories of those who have returned or converted to Catholicism. I, however, feel tremendous sadness for all those who have voluntarily submitted to the spiritual chains of Rome. I will readily admit that the rituals, ceremonies, great pomp and circumstance, and worldly trappings of Catholicism hold great appeal to many, but beneath the whited sepulchre is a grave full of dead men’s bones. Former “evangelicals” who appear on the show never genuinely trusted in Christ or they wouldn’t be celebrating their spiritual shackles.

“The Journey Home” purposely leaves its audience with the false impression that many Americans are converting to Catholicism. In actuality, for every person baptized, the U.S. Catholic church loses six members. See here. All a Catholic needs to do is look around at the empty pews in church on Sunday morning to comprehend what’s really going on. I praise the Lord for the large number of those souls who left Catholicism and accepted Christ and now follow the Lord as members of evangelical Christian fellowships. Thank you, Lord, for opening the eyes of so many and freeing them from the chains of Catholicism! Thank you, Jesus!

Genuine evangelical believers can’t boast of any communications conglomerates* as part of a colossal religious institution, but there are many testimonies available from ex-Catholics who left the legalism and ritualism of Rome and and accepted the free gift of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. For just a few examples, see here, here, and here.

It’s quite interesting to me that Catholics eagerly crow about “evangelicals” who have converted to Roman Catholicism on such outlets as “The Journey Home,” yet many/most evangelicals are absolutely mortified when a fellow believer “uncharitably” asserts that Rome teaches a false gospel.

“But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it – the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” – Romans 3:21-24

* Some might point to the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) as an evangelical media enterprise but that outfit is operated by the purveyors of the false “health and wealth”/”name it and claim it” prosperity gospel and regularly features Catholic guests and spokespersons.

“The Keepers” on Netflix: Recommended with sadness

I finally finished watching Netflix’s seven-part-series, “The Keepers,” about the unsolved murder of a young nun in 1969. Sister Cathy Cesnik taught at an all-girls’ Catholic high school in Baltimore, Maryland. She disappeared in November, 1969 and her decomposed body was found the following January. The murder was never solved but two retired alumni of the high school and former students of the nun have relentlessly attempted to identify the killer/s.

The facts show that Father Joseph Maskell, a chaplain at the high school, had sexually abused a large number of the students. One of the victims had confided in Sister Cesnik who took initial steps to expose Maskell but then disappeared. There’s little doubt that priest Maskell orchestrated Cesnik’s death even if he was not the murderer himself.

This is gut-wrenching stuff. The sexual abuse of multiple girls at Archbishop Keough High School by Maskell and another priest sickens the soul. Then there was the murder. And finally there was the cover-up of Maskell’s abuse by the Baltimore Archdiocese and its subsequent legal battles with the victims.

My heart breaks for the victims of Father Maskell and for all the other victims of abuse within the Catholic church. The church definitely perpetuated the abuse through its clerical celibacy rule and by moving known predators from one parish to the next. I’m also very saddened that the Catholic church deceives its members with a false gospel of sacramental grace and merit rather than teaching them the Good News! of salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone.

I highly recommend this series although it’s difficult to watch. But the truths it reveals are so important.


A new Netflix docu-series, “The Keepers,” premiers tomorrow, Friday, May 19th and it looks like something Christians may want to watch. I certainly will be.

The seven-part series focuses on the unsolved murder of a Catholic nun, Sister Catherine Cesnik, inKeep Baltimore, Maryland in 1969. One of the suspects was a priest, Father Joseph Maskell, a known sexual predator, who was shuffled from parish to parish by the church hierarchy. The documentary alleges that Maskell was abusing girls at the high school where Cesnik taught and she was attempting to expose him prior to her death.

It’s one thing to hear general information about the scandal of pedophilic and abusive priests and the subsequent cover-up by the church hierarchy. That’s bad enough. But it’s another thing to examine the personal aftermath of the abuse and cover-up in the lives of actual human beings with names and faces and in the lives of their families.


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The death of one nun was just the tip of the iceberg


A new Netflix docu-series, “The Keepers,” premiers tomorrow, Friday, May 19th and it looks like something Christians may want to watch. I certainly will be.

The seven-part series focuses on the unsolved murder of a Catholic nun, Sister Catherine Cesnik, inKeep Baltimore, Maryland in 1969. One of the suspects was a priest, Father Joseph Maskell, a known sexual predator, who was shuffled from parish to parish by the church hierarchy. The documentary alleges that Maskell was abusing girls at the high school where Cesnik taught and she was attempting to expose him prior to her death.

It’s one thing to hear general information about the scandal of pedophilic and abusive priests and the subsequent cover-up by the church hierarchy. That’s bad enough. But it’s another thing to examine the personal aftermath of the abuse and cover-up in the lives of actual human beings with names and faces and in the lives of their families.

Catholicism has much to answer for, in regards to this scandal as well as for misleading its members with its false gospel. Not only were children, nuns, and young seminarians victimized by “celibate” sexual predators, but Catholics in general were and are being misled into believing they must merit their way into Heaven.

One-hundred-years ago, church spokespersons offhandedly dismissed accusations of abuse in Catholic schools, seminaries, convents, and rectories as “Protestant porn.” Now they’re keeping their mouths shut and wishing it would all just go away.

In Netflix’s “The Keepers,” a nun’s unsolved murder, a sexual abuse coverup and crumbling Vatican II hope