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[Photo: Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill (USCCB)]

By Janet Smith, Crisis Magazine, July 21, 2021

Janet E. Smith, Ph.D., is a retired professor of moral theology.

Yesterday Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill resigned from his position at the USCCB as a general secretary with responsibility for overseeing sex abuse cases. What caused the resignation of the highest-ranking non-bishop Church official in the country? He was caught regularly using apps that connect men who want to have sex with other men.

An article by The Pillar, the news  journal that uncovered the data, reports:

An analysis of app data signals correlated to Burrill’s mobile device shows the priest…visited gay bars and private residences while using a location-based hookup app in numerous cities from 2018 to 2020, even while traveling on assignment for the U.S. bishops’ conference. 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. …

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