Baltimore archdiocese won't release records on priest from 'The Keepers'

Posted at 6:55 AM, Sep 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-18 07:01:45-04

The archdiocese of Baltimore will not release its records on a priest featured in the Netflix documentary, "The Keepers". 

There have been calls for the archdiocese to release files on Father Joseph Maskell, who served as a counselor at Archbishop Keough High School in the late 1960's.

During that time, several women say they were sexually abused by Maskell, who was also moved by the archdiocese to several other roles at schools and parishes around this area.

After the release of "The Keepers" on Netflix earlier this year, more than 54,000 people signed an on-line petition on the web site, calling on the archdiocese of Baltimore to release its records.

The show documents abuse by Maskell, who died in 2001. People also believe there are connections between that abuse, and the murder of a nun, Sister Cathy Cesnik, who was a teacher at Keough while Maskell worked there.

In its response to that petition, archdiocese spokesman, Sean Caine, wrote,

"While some feel the release of Maskell's personnel records would provide clarity and possibly even closure, the reality is that it would provide neither.  The release of files, especially redacted ones would likely create frustration and/or even cause some to believe information they were expecting to find but didn't was removed, or never included."

Father Maskell denied allegations of abuse before he died in 2001.