USCCB General Secretary Burrill resigns after sexual misconduct allegations
As a Father a husband a Catechist and a Catholic with a Pontifical degree in Catholic Theology I find great joy in my faith, living it, sharing it, learning about it. I find when you explain the gospel to people they are overjoyed, engaged and grateful. It is frustrating that Catholics are leaving the Church in extraordinary numbers. When I talk about this with fellow lay Catechists we always end up talking about the division and confusion among the bishops and clergy that leads to the promotion of often conflicting messages and petty in-fighting in terms of getting useful catechetical messages out there.
It's like they don't want to teach the faith!
For some time now, Michael Voris has been saying that the reason for this is that the men in charge have a different agenda to Christ and His Church. Voris has his detractors but it's really getting hard to argue that he is wrong. The evidence just keeps mounting!
Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill, former general secretary of the U.S. bishops’ conference who held a critical oversight role in the Catholic Church’s response to the recent spate of sexual abuse and misconduct scandals announced his resignation Tuesday, after The Pillar found evidence the priest engaged in serial sexual misconduct.
Burrill was elected general secretary of the U.S. bishops’ conference in November 2020. In that role, Burrill was effectively the highest-ranking American cleric who is not a bishop.
Analysis of app data signals correlated to Burrill’s mobile device shows the priest also 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.
Catholic journalism, 2021: Spying on a priest (more accurately, using data from an unnamed source who spied on him) for breaking his promise of celibacy, then conflating homosexuality with pedophilia, under the guise of a journalistic "investigation..." https://t.co/oD54Z8X1uK— James Martin, SJ (@JamesMartinSJ) July 20, 2021
A 3,000-word story that on closer inspection turns out to be a 1,000-word story with a 2,000-word attempt at ethically justifying it. The relative proportions reveal the unease. https://t.co/wPDaTV37bm— Austen Ivereigh (@austeni) July 20, 2021
So all the usual suspects as you would imagine! It's amazing how polarised the Church has become through the Francis Pontificate. You can easily predict what side any of these jokers will be on in any debate long before the actual event.
The article was sordid. It was immoral. It was detraction.— Mike Lewis (@mfjlewis) July 21, 2021
The same journalists never apologized for their now-proven calumny against @JamesMartinSJ last year. They also apparently don't have any shame about not just exposing another man's sin, but utterly destroying his life.
So @PillarCatholic bought user data from Grindr (perfectly legitimately) and have found that a senior Catholic priest was a user.— Caroline Farrow (@CF_Farrow) July 21, 2021
Interesting to see exactly who is having a meltdown over this...
The disturbing thing is not, however, any issue regarding scrutiny of Msgr. Burrill’s private life. Msgr. Burrill is a public figure, a man with offices of power and trust in the Church, and in the principal organ of Church leadership in the United States. The disturbing thing is that he carried on so much for so long. Was no one really the wiser?
As I post regularly, here for example, it seems overwhelmingly obvious that the serious nature of the consistent clear teaching from the Church on matters of human sexuality makes it incumbent on the Church to be clear, reasoned and consistent. If it can't be that, it should damn well shut up!
A reminder of who the use by priests of location based hook-up apps like Grindr isn't private from - Your queer parishioners who might be equally struggling with their temptations.— Scott Smith (@hf_222222) July 22, 2021
Especially when, as a gay family member of my once noticed, you leave it on when celebrating Mass. https://t.co/sJncQvd57b
It is very difficult not to conclude that this is why Catholics aren't being taught the faith. Let's face it, these men are sick. They shouldn’t be responsible for a flock, they can’t even take care of themselves.