Another day another Catholic priest stormed into Grindr. And according to the sounds, there may be more to come in the very near future.
Mgr. Jeffrey Burrill abruptly resigned his post as general secretary of the US Bishops’ Conference this week over allegations of “possible inappropriate behavior”.
In a hasty statement released earlier today, Archbishop José Gomez, president of the American Bishops’ Conference, announced that Burrill, who is, uh, has been one of the most senior American clergymen who is not a bishop, resigned with immediate effect.
“On Monday, we became aware of imminent media reports alleging possible inappropriate behavior by Mgr. Burrill, ”he wrote. “What was shared with us did not include allegations of misconduct with minors. However, in order to avoid becoming a distraction from the ongoing operations and work of the Conference, Monsignor resigned with immediate effect.
Within hours, the “impending media reports” were published and they include allegations that Burrill spent an enormous amount of time chatting with guys on Grindr, visiting unfamiliar neighborhoods, hanging out at gay bars, and at least hanging out. a gay. public baths on a trip to Las Vegas.
Catholic press group / watch group The pillar reports:
[An] Analysis of the app data signals correlated to Burrill’s mobile device shows that the priest also visited gay bars and private residences while using a location-based login app in many cities from 2018 to 2020, even on a mission trip for the American Bishops’ Conference.
According to commercially available records of application signal data obtained by The pillar, a mobile device correlated to Burrill emitted app data signals from the location-based connection app Grindr almost daily during parts of 2018, 2019, and 2020 – both in his office at the USCCB and its USCCB-owned residence, as well as at USCCB meetings and events in other cities.
To add an extra layer of irony to the situation, one of Burrill’s responsibilities as general secretary of the American Bishops’ Conference was to help manage the church’s response to sex scandals and clergy cover-ups. , which he did while allegedly engaging in secret sex acts. his own shenanigans.
Now just in case you were wondering how The pillar got his hands on Burrill’s data and if it’s even legal, it is.
Signal data is collected by applications after users have given their consent. It is then aggregated and sold by the data providers. The pillar acquired the information about Burrill through a third party who had tracked his device.
Shady? Yes. Illegal? No.
Equally fishy, of course, is a Catholic priest who has taken a vow of celibacy and preaches that homosexuality is a sin allegedly dating men on the DL and hanging out in gay public baths in Sin City.
Burrill has not commented on the scandal and it is not yet clear whether he will face canonical discipline. But a report from Catholic News Agency hints that his story could be the start of a much bigger scandal to come.
The outlet said it received a tip from someone claiming to have access to monitoring information on several priests on dating apps, adding that “there are reports this week that information targeting allegedly active gay priests could become public “. However, he didn’t specifically mention Burrill.
The article adds:
The U.S. government’s widespread use of surveillance technology to monitor individuals has become widely known since the 2013 disclosures by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
And although there are reports of private companies using similar techniques to keep track of employees, it is believed to be the first proposal to apply such measures in the Church.
Drop, drop, drop …
Graham Gremore is editor and editor at Queerty. Follow him on twitter @grahamgremore.