The top administrator of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Monsignor Jeffrey Burill resigned after cellphone data revealed that he was a frequent user of Grindr, the queer dating app, and regularly visited gay bars.
“According to commercially available records of app signal data obtained by The Pillar, a mobile device correlated to Burill emitted app data signals from the location-based hookup app Grindr on a near-daily basis during parts of 2018, 2019, and 2020,” the Pillar reported. “Data app signals suggest he was at the same time engaged in serial and illicit sexual activity,” it added.
In addition, data obtained by the Pillar revealed that in June 2018, “the mobile device correlated to Burill emitted signals from Entourage, which bills itself as Las Vegas’s ‘gay bathhouse’”.
The resignation stemmed from reporting in the Pillar, an online newsletter that reports on the Catholic Church. Tuesday afternoon, after Burrill’s resignation became public, the Pillar reported that it had obtained information basedon the data Grindr collects from its users, and hired an independent firm to authenticate it.
“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,” the Pillar reported.
The Pillar story says app data “correlated” to Burrill’s phone shows the priest visited gay bars, including while traveling for the USCCB.