Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland social worker censured

WGME-TV, CBS affiliate [Portland ME]

May 11, 2023

By Ariana St Pierre

A licensed social worker who works for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland has been punished by the state for ethics violations.

Attorneys say Carolyn Bloom reached out via text to a woman who says she was forced into a sexual relationship with a priest.

However, because the woman was not a child, she was not eligible for services.

According to court paperwork, the two women exchanged texts for months, leading the woman to think Bloom was her therapist, which she apparently was not.

Bloom was censured by the state and agreed to pay for and participate in a year-long supervision program as part of her punishment.