He Preyed on Men Who Wanted to Be Priests. Then He Became a Cardinal

By Laurie Goodstein and Sharon Otterman, July 16, 2018, NY Times

As a young man studying to be a priest in the 1980s, Robert Ciolek was flattered when his brilliant, charismatic bishop in Metuchen, N.J., Theodore E. McCarrick, told him he was a shining star, cut out to study in Rome and rise high in the church.

Bishop McCarrick began inviting him on overnight trips, sometimes alone and sometimes with other young men training to be priests. There, the bishop would often assign Mr. Ciolek to share his room, which had only one bed. The two men would sometimes say night prayers together, before Bishop McCarrick would make a request — “come over here and rub my shoulders a little”— that extended into unwanted touching in bed.


SNAP Annual Conference in Chicago

30 Years Strong

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Friday, July 6th, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm  Welcome Remarks, Ashley Easter, Gustavo Arellano Miranda, International Panel (Marek Lisinski, Steven Spaner, Pamela Spees, Juan Carlos Cruz Video) 

Saturday, July 7th, 8:40 am - 10:15 am   Victor Vieth 

Saturday, July 7th, 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm   Tom Doyle, Mitchell Garabedian

Saturday, July 7th, 3:30 pm -4:30 pm (NEW LINK)  Torah Bontrager, Bishop Accountability

Saturday, July 7th, 7:30 pm   Chrissie Foster Opening Remarks (The ABC documentary Undeniable will be available to watch on our website, look out for our email!)

Sunday, July 8th, 9:00 am - 12 Noon  Jodi Hobbs, Rachel Grant, Guila Benchimol, Barbara Blaine Founders award, Looking Ahead

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Barbara Blaine, founder of SNAP, passed away on Sunday, September 24th, 2017. Her dying was sudden and completely unexpected. Words cannot express our sorrow nor are there words to express our gratitude for her relentless advocacy. She truly was a hero. There is an old saying, “well behaved women seldom make history”. Barbara made history and the world is a better place.

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