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Top U.S. Catholic church official resigns after cellphone data used to track him on Grindr and to gay bars

Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill Resigns

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: Top U.S. Catholic church official resigns after cellphone data used to track him on Grindr and to gay bars
Authors: Michelle Boorstein and Marisa Iati, Washington Post
Publisher: The Inquirer
Date: 20JUL2021

The top administrator of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops resigned after a Catholic media site told the conference it had access to cellphone data that appeared to show he was a regular user of Grindr, the queer dating app, and frequented gay bars.

Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill has since last fall been the general secretary of the USCCB, a position that coordinates all administrative work and planning for the conference, which is the country’s network for Catholic bishops. As a priest, he takes a vow of celibacy.

Burrill and the USCCB were not immediately available for comment Tuesday.

The National Catholic Reporter was the first to report Tuesday morning that Burrill had resigned, citing a memo from Archbishop Jose Gomez, the USCCB president, to other bishops. The Tuesday memo said it was “with sadness” that Gomez announced Burrill’s resignation, saying the day before, the USCCB staff learned of “impending media reports alleging possible improper behavior.”

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