Sunday, May 14, 2017

Brian O'Neill: Justice for Sister Cathy is long overdue



Brian O'Neill: Justice for Sister Cathy is long overdue

MARYLAND
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
BRIAN O'NEILL
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
boneill@post-gazette.com
MAY 14, 2017
Catherine Cesnik was the valedictorian of her Catholic high school class in Lawrenceville in 1960, where she’d also been the May Queen and the president of the senior class and student council.
Nine years later, Sister Cathy was brutally murdered in Baltimore. Nearly 48 years have passed and the killer has yet to be named, but Baltimore County Police haven’t given up.
The body of a priest was exhumed in February in hopes of finding DNA evidence that could be linked to an item found near the body.
The murder and possibility of a decades-long coverup are the subject of a Netflix documentary, “The Keepers,” set to begin streaming May 19 in seven one-hour episodes. It’s filled with the testimony of the students of Sister Cathy, who taught English at Archbishop Keough High, an all-girls Catholic school in Baltimore.
Many of them believe that Father John Maskell, the priest whose body was exhumed, was either the killer or an accomplice. He was the school chaplain and guidance counselor, and several of these women say he sexually molested them. At least three women say uniformed police officers also participated in the abuse; Maskell was also the Baltimore County police chaplain and the brother of a police officer.