Thanks to data streams, the Lord is no longer the only omniscient one.
Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill, the top administrator for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, resigned from the position this week following claims he regularly used the queer dating app Grindr and went to gay bars. The allegations were put forward by Catholic news site The Pillar, which alleges to have accessed the priest’s cellphone data, where it claims to have found evidence of his activity in both virtual and physical gay forums.
“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.”
The Wisconsin-based priest’s alleged “activity” included attending a “gay bathhouse” in Las Vegas.
“On Monday, we became aware of impending media reports alleging possible improper behavior by Msgr. Burrill,” Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles wrote in a Tuesday memo obtained by the National Catholic Reporter. “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.”
(Homosexuality, along with all sexual activity outside of heterosexual marriage, is considered a sin in Catholic doctrine.)
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