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Archbishop JosÈ H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, looks on as Msgr. Jeffrey D. Burrill, USCCB general secretary, reads a message to Pope Francis June 16, 2021, at the USCCB headquarters in Washington during the opening of the bishops' three-day virtual spring meeting. Msgr. Burrill resigned his post July 20, 2021, amid "impending media reports alleging possible improper behavior." In announcing the resignation, Archbishop Gomez said the claim "did not include allegations of misconduct with minors." (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

Burrill, who resigned in July 2021 as General Secretary of the USCCB, clearly wanted a hidden life, and now he should have one. Instead, he has been restored to public ministry.

By Andrew Petiprin, Catholic World Report, June 15, 2022

Andrew Petiprin is the Venerable Fulton J. Sheen Fellow of Popular Culture at the Word on Fire Institute

The late Sir Roger Scruton once wrote about the “religious imposter” Tartuffe, an archetypal character from a play by the seventeenth-century French comedic playwright Molière. “Tartuffe is not simply a hypocrite,” Scruton said, “who pretends to ideals that he does not believe in. He is a fabricated person, who believes in his own ideals since he is just as illusory as they are.” The infinite avatars we can create behind the apps on our screens make our true selves easier to ignore; and among Christian leaders, these fakers prop up a culture of deceit that leads to systemic failure. …