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Top US priest busted looking for gay hook-ups. He ran an anti-LGBTQ group.

Msgr. Jeffrey Burrill Photo: USCCB website Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill has resigned from his position as general secretary of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) after a conservative Catholic website obtained data from Grindr and found out that he was likely having sex with men for years.

Burrill, a priest from Wisconsin, worked for the USCCB since 2016 and was elected general secretary last year. USCCB is a Catholic organization made up of members of the Church’s hierarchy and opposes LGBTQ equality. It has worked against the development of an LGBTQ suicide hotline , tried to stop same-sex couples from adopting children , repeatedly criticized President Joe Biden for supporting LGBTQ rights, and supported anti-trans legislation this year.

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Burrill was “the highest-ranking American cleric who is not a bishop,” according to the Catholic website The Pillar , until that website obtained data from Grindr that showed Burrill using the app.

The Pillar says that it obtained the data legally from a vendor who was selling anonymized data that Grindr sold in accordance with its terms of service.

The data doesn’t include names or pictures of users, […]

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