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Baltimore's own 'silence breakers'

While the nation applauds the courage of "The Silence Breakers," in Time Magazine's Person of the Year issue, I think it behooves us in Baltimore to remember that we have our own “silence breakers.” These are the brave souls that came forth in the Netflix doc-series, “The Keepers.” Unlike the rapid response of the media and entertainment industries, the Archdiocese of Baltimore has taken no such action, in fact quite the opposite. After the airing of “The Keepers,” a spokesperson for the Archdiocese retweeted, "If a documentary has NO basis in fact or evidence...Is it actually a documentary? Or just fiction?" Subsequently, the tweet was deleted.

“The Keepers” is not just about one broken individual and his reign of terror, but about an institution that remains entrenched in secret processes that continue the status quo of sexual inequality and misogyny. As the other silence breakers shake the very foundations of their respected, secular institutions, Catholic Church leadership seems incapable of even the most basic acceptance of its own broken culture, and thus allows sexual abuse to persist.

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Barbara Brunk, Finksburg

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