The highest administrator of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops quit after cell phone data revealed he frequently uses Grindr, the queer dating app, and regularly visits gay bars.
In a data statement released on Tuesday, the organization announced that Monsignor Jeffrey Burill had resigned as secretary general after the group learned of imminent media reports alleging possible inappropriate behavior ”.
Since last November, Burill is the first administrator of the organization As Secretary General, he was responsible for coordinating all the work admiadministration and planning for the conference, which is the country's network for Catholic bishops.
Catholic media outlet The Pillar first detected Burill's activities in obtaining device location data from a data provider before hiring a consulting firm to analyze the recordings.
"According to the commercially available recordings of app signal data obtained by The Pillar, a mobile device correlated to Burill transmitted app data signals from the location-based connection app Grindr almost daily during parts of 2018, 2019 and 2020 ”, the pillar reported . "Data app signals suggest he was engaged in serial sex at the same timeand illicit ", he added.
In addition, the data obtained by the pillar revealed that in June 2018," the mobile device in correlation with Burill has signaled to Entourage, which bills itself as the "gay bath" of Las Vegas ".
As a priest, Burill is required to take a vow of celibacy. In addition, many Catholic teachings consider sexual activity outside of heterosexual marriage to be a sin.
It does not currently exist No federal law prohibiting the purchase of "anonymized" data. Nonetheless, privacy experts have repeatedly expressed concerns about this data collected by apps and then shared with companies.
Even though obvious information such as name and numberPhone bones can be omitted, anonymized data can still include other crucial information such as gender, age and device ID. As a result, some researchers hold that anonymization of data is practically impossible.
Grindr a describes the pillar's flag as " homophobic "and denies that its data is accessible to the public. "The alleged activities listed in this unattributed blog post are technically infeasible and incredibly unlikely to occur," a Grindr spokesperson said.
The Reverend James Martin, a Jesuit priest and prominent advocate for LGBTQ inclusion in the Catholic Church, alsocriticized the pillar investigation.
In a Facebook statement , Martin wrote: "The article ... has repeatedly confused homosexuality and pedophilia ... These hunts witches, usually aimed at vulnerable people working for the church, or targeting people with whom the perpetrators disagree or just don't like, must stop. "