News by email Donate


Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

Rosary beads bible Catholic.jpg header2.jpg
Rosary beads bible Catholic.jpg
USA News

Senior Catholic priest resigns following revelation of gay dating app use

by Premier Journalist

At the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the general secretary has announced his resignation after reporters found evidence of serial misconduct in the man's past.

Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill, announced that he was stepping down from his role in the USCCB after reporters discovered evidence of the priest engaging in sexual misconduct while also overseeing the Catholic Church's attempts to respond to the ongoing sex abuse and misconduct cases.

The Church says that while what was shared with them did not include allegations of misconduct with minors, in order to avoid becoming a distraction to the operations and ongoing work of the Conference, Burrill resigned immediately.

The Catholic news outlet The Pillar had acquired app signal data correlated with Burrill's mobile device. After a long-term scan of both its location data and app activity, The Pillar found that the priest had consistently used the gay dating app Grindr daily between 2018 and 2020. They were also able to find evidence of him visiting several gay bars, including a trip to Las Vegas in 2018.

Burrill had served for several years on the bishop's conference. Initially hired as associate general secretary in 2016, The USCCB appointed Burrill as the coordinating authority over the US bishops' response to the Catholic Church's 2018 sexual abuse and coercion cases. The USCCB later promoted Burrill to general secretary in 2020.Being a general secretary is often considered one of the highest offices an individual can hold without being appointed as a bishop.

It remains unclear whether Burrill will face internal discipline for his conduct. However, Father Michael Fuller will fill Burrill's role until the USCCB can elect a permanent replacement. 


Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

A Monthly Gift Of $11 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the USA is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of $11 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Support Us

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

News by email