A top US priest has resigned from his administrative job after being accused of being a frequent user of the gay hookup app, Grindr…
Jeffrey Burrill, who was elected as the general secretary of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops last November, resigned from his job due to this situation.
His resignation came after the Pillar, a Christian journal that describes itself as a “media initiative” run by “passionate and informed Catholics who love the Church,” published an investigative story on July 20.
The article highlighted an “analysis of app data signals associated with Burrill’s mobile device”, obtained from commercial sources. The discovered data signals indicated that the priest frequented gay pubs and houses while using the Grindr app.
According to the Pillar, Burrill used Grindr from 2018 to 2020. It also emitted data signals from the site of Entourage Spa, a gay bathhouse in Las Vegas.
“Data app signals suggest he was at the same time engaged in serial and illicit sexual activity,” wrote the Pillar.
And in case you’re wondering, yes, priests like Burrill are required to vow on celibacy.
“The Conference takes all allegations of misconduct seriously and will pursue all appropriate steps to address them.”
Grindr spokesman called the Pillar’s story “homophobic” and denied that Grindr data could be obtained in the manner described.
“There is absolutely no evidence supporting the allegations of improper data collection or usage related to the Grindr app as purported.”
Do you think it was justified that the priest was forced to resign?