One of the highest ranking priests in the USA, Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill has resigned as general secretary to the US Catholic Bishops Conference after admitting using the gay hook up app GRINDR to find men for sex.
Burrill used the app in cities all over the US to meet men for sex while on bishop’s conference business.
In a brief statement released later in the day by its Office of Public Affairs, the USCCB, like Archbishop Gomez in his memo, said it had received “impending media reports alleging possible improper behavior” by Msgr. Burrill and that the priest had resigned, effective immediately, “to avoid becoming a distraction” to the conference’s operations and ongoing work.
“The conference takes all allegations of misconduct seriously and will pursue all appropriate steps to address them,” the statement said.
“I ask for your prayers for Monsignor, and for the conference staff during this difficult time,” Archbishop Gomez said. “We also pray that all those affected might find strength and comfort in our merciful Lord.”
A priest of the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin, Msgr. Burrill was named general secretary after the result of voting by the bishops that was announced the first day of the USCCB’s annual fall general assembly. He had been the conference’s associate general secretary since March 1, 2016.
The Diocese of La Crosse issued a statement saying Bishop William P. Callahan and diocesan representatives “are saddened to hear the media reports related to Msgr. Burrill. The Diocese of La Crosse pledges its full cooperation with the conference of Catholic bishops to pursue all appropriate steps in investigating and addressing the situation.”
“Please remember Msgr. Burrill and all affected in your prayers so they may find refuge and strength in God’s unfailing love,” it added.
Im truly amazed that after all the exposure of priests looking gay sex on Grindr, many priests, all over the world, are still using Grindr on a daily or nightly basis.
This guy, Burrill is a “big fish”.
Very many of the secretaries of the bishop’s conferences go on to be bishops and archbishops.
Im sure this would have been the career path for Burrill.
He has now being shot down in flames as a result of these allegations.
Very often these chaps are brought down by men they have met who have been left with some resentment or hurt.
“Hell hath no fury by a gay scorned”.
There is also the question of massive hypocrisy. People like Burrill represent and uphold the RCCs anti gay teachings and yet think they can dabble on the side themselves.
BURRILL WANTED TO BAN JOE BIDEN FROM RECEIVING HOLY COMMUNION.
But was meeting multiple guys for gay sex at the same time.
I WONDER IF THERE IS A MC CARRICK CONBECTION TO ALL THIS?
Ruthie from Wexford the small town gossip and self-appointed monitor of church morals, was always one to stick her nose into other people’s business. Most members of the congregation did not approve of her intrusions, but she was feared, so all maintained their silence.
She took that fatal step too far one day, when she accused Paddy, a new member, of being an alcoholic after she saw his old pickup parked in front of the small town’s only bar all afternoon. She emphatically told Paddy (in front of several others) that EVERYONE SEEING THAT PICKUP THERE WOULD KNOW WHAT HE WAS DOING!
Paddy, a man of few words, stared at her for a moment then just turned and walked away. He didn’t explain, defend, or deny. He said nothing.
Later that evening, Paddy quietly parked his pickup in front of Ruthie’s house from Wexford , walked home ….and left it there all night!!