Secretary of the US bishops’ conference resigned over allegations of sexual misconduct

15 minutes. The secretary of the US bishops’ conference (Usccb), Jeffrey Burrill, resigned after reports of possible “sexual misconduct,” said José Gómez, the president of the institution.

“The Conference became aware on Monday of impending press releases alleging possible inappropriate behavior on the part of the secretary general,” Archbishop José Gómez, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, said in a statement.

“What we have been informed does not include allegations of inappropriate conduct with minors,” added the text of the US bishops’ conference. “However, and to prevent this from becoming a distraction in the operations and work of the Conference, Burrill has resigned“he added.

Investigation of The Pillar

The medium specialized in information of interest to Catholics The Pillar indicated that it found evidence “that the priest engaged in serious sexual misconduct while also playing a critical oversight role in the Catholic Church’s response to sexual abuse cases. “

The Pillar mentions a signal analysis of app data correlated to Burrill’s mobile device. According to this “the priest visited gay bars and private residences using a location app in numerous cities from 2018 to 2020.” He adds that this occurred “while traveling on tasks of the bishops’ conference.”

“Based on commercially available records of in-app data signals obtained by The Pilar, a cell phone correlated to Burrill broadcast data signals from the Grindr app almost daily for part of 2018, 2019 and 2020, “The Pillar continued.

Grindr is a very popular mobile dating app among the gay community.

In addition, the newspaper indicates that “Burrill played a central role in coordinating the responses of the conference and the dioceses to the scandals and coordinating between them and the Vatican.”

In addition, The Pillar publishes that according to data signals from the app Burrill engaged in “repeated and illegal sexual activity.”

National Catholic Reporter, a secular and independent publication of the Conference of Bishops, called The Pillar’s investigation “unethical and homophobic”.

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