Priest resigns from top post amid Catholic newsletter linking his cellphone data to Grindr


“Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill, Secretary General of the American Conference of Catholic Bishops, has resigned, effective immediately,” the officials said.

A Catholic newspaper reported on Tuesday that it allegedly obtained cellphone data showing a top american catholic pastor Grindr and repeatedly used gay bars, and he resigned from a national position amid the release of the report.

pillar said it was reviewed Material obtained from the mobile device of Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill, secretary general of the American Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the newspaper concluded that he used a gay dating app and went to gay bars between 2018 and 2020.

The column said it obtained the data from a vendor and claimed it matched the numerical identifier of Burrill’s mobile device, which the newsletter alleges was used continuously from his office and home.

While App Signal data does not identify usernames, it is related to the unique numerical identifiers of the mobile device, then that data is collected and sold according to Pillar.

Representatives for Grindr did not return multiple telephone and email messages for comment on the company Wednesday. in a statement to Washington Post On Tuesday, a spokesperson for Grindr described the report in the column as “homophobic” and disputed the newspaper’s description of how it obtained the data.

“The alleged activities listed in that irresponsible blog post are not possible from a technical standpoint and are incredibly unlikely to occur,” the statement said. “There is no evidence to support the allegations of improper data collection or usage allegedly related to the Grindr app.”

Ashkan Soltani, a former chief technologist at the Federal Trade Commission, said he hopes Burrill’s case — even though there’s no evidence his data was obtained from Grindr — will help consumers understand how this vast tech “ecosystem”. How is their personal data so easily accessible? which has virtually no regulation.

“It’s a shadow industry that has existed for a long time,” Soltani told Granthshala News on Wednesday. “It’s a multi-billion dollar industry that feeds on this data and profits from its sales.”

Catholic priests take the oath of celibacy and the teachings of the Church oppose any sexual activity outside of heterosexual marriage.

Burrill has “resigned, effective immediately”, after officials “became aware of impending media reports alleging potentially inappropriate behavior”. The conference said in a statement on Tuesday.

The allegations against Burrill involved only adults, but he wanted to “avoid a distraction to the operation and ongoing work” of the convention, leading to his resignation, the statement continued.

The group said it “takes all allegations of misconduct seriously and will take all appropriate steps to address them.”

Baril, Joe makes his home in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, could not be immediately reached for comment. His publicly listed cellphone number, landline and email address were not working on Wednesday.

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