Top Catholic Priest Resigns After Alleged Grindr Account is Exposed

The top administrator for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops resigned from his position Tuesday after he was accused of using LGBTQ+ app Grindr and attending gay bars. Catholic news site The Pillar claimed to have accessed Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill’s cellphone data, which showed evidence of the priest’s activity.

“According to commercially available records of app signal data obtained by The Pillar, a mobile device correlated to Burrill emitted app data signals from the location-based hookup app Grindr on a near-daily basis during parts of 2018, 2019, and 2020 — at both his USCCB office and his USCCB-owned residence, as well as during USCCB meetings and events in other cities,” The Pillar reported. “Data app signals suggest he was at the same time engaged in serial and illicit sexual activity.”

Los Angeles Archibishop José Gomez responded to the media reports and noted that Burrill’s alleged activity did not involve minors. However, Burrill resigned to avoid becoming a distraction to USCCB operations.

“On Monday, we became aware of impending media reports alleging possible improper behavior by Msgr. Burrill,” Gomez wrote in a memo. “What was shared with us did not include allegations of misconduct with minors. However, in order to avoid becoming a distraction to the operations and ongoing work of the Conference, Monsignor has resigned effective immediately.”

Burrill was also accused of attending a “gay bathhouse” in Las Vegas. The Pillar claimed it obtained Burrill’s cellular data by using Grindr-based data streams and hired an independent firm to authenticate its findings. Meanwhile, Grindr has denied that its users’ data is publicly accessible.

“The alleged activities listed in that unattributed blog post are infeasible from a technical standpoint and incredibly unlikely to occur,” said a Grindr spokeswoman. “There is absolutely no evidence supporting the allegations of improper data collection or usage related to the Grindr app as purported.”

Source: The Pillar / NY Post

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