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Top US Catholic Official Resigns After Reports He Attended Gay Bars and Used Gay Dating App

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A senior Catholic cleric in the United States resigned Tuesday after an investigative report made bombshell sexual allegations against the religious leader.

Jeffrey Burrill had served as the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ general secretary until The Pillar, a Catholic news outlet, shared what it described as “evidence of a pattern of sexual misconduct on Burrill’s part” with the USCCB. He also was a priest of the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin.

By using “commercially available records of app signal data” from Grindr — a location-based social network “for gay, bi, trans, and queer people,” according to its website — The Pillar said it learned Burrill “visited gay bars and private residences … in numerous cities from 2018 to 2020, even while traveling on assignment for the U.S. bishops’ conference.”

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Burrill’s phone “emitted [Grindr] app data signals” both at his USCCB office and his USCCB-owned living quarters, according to the report.

The data gathered also suggested that Burrill might have been involved himself in “serial and illicit sexual activity,” The Pillar said, adding that on the day the scandal involving then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick came to light in 2018, “the mobile device correlated to Burrill emitted hookup app signals at the USCCB staff residence, and from a street in a residential Washington neighborhood. He traveled to Las Vegas shortly thereafter.”

A few days later, the device registered with Grindr “emitted signals from Entourage, which bills itself as Las Vegas’ ‘gay bathhouse,'” The Pillar reported.

McCarrick was an influential clergyman in the United States who was stripped of his role in the Catholic Church by Pope Francis in 2019 after an investigation by the Vatican revealed that he was committing sexual abuse even against minors.

The scandal first received public attention on June 20, 2018, after the New York Archdiocese deemed “credible and substantiated” an accusation that McCarrick had sexually assaulted a minor.

The USCCB addressed the Burrill report in a Tuesday news release.

“On Monday, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops became aware of impending media reports alleging possible improper behavior by its general secretary, Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill,” it said

Burrill resigned “in order to avoid becoming a distraction to the operations and ongoing work of the Conference,” the USCCB said.

According to a copy of a memo to U.S. bishops from the USCCB president, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, obtained by National Catholic Reporter correspondent Christopher White, “What was shared with us did not include allegations of misconduct with minors.”

A body of bishops elected Burrill to his role as general secretary in 2020.

“The USCCB General Secretary coordinates all administrative matters of the Conference and is responsible for the coordination of the work of the Conference Committees and staff. He likewise directs and coordinates the planning and operational activities of the various secretariats and offices in support of the work of the Conference,” the USCCB’s website says.

As a Catholic priest, Burrill is expected to maintain celibacy. He also is expected to stay away from sexual immorality, which includes homosexuality. All Abrahamic faiths see homosexuality as an abomination.

“The Conference takes all allegations of misconduct seriously and will pursue all appropriate steps to address them,” the USCCB said in the news release.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Family Escapes Through 2nd-Story Window During Armed Standoff After Suspect Barricades Door: Report

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On July 25, in Auburn, Alabama, a man reportedly put his family, his neighborhood, first responders and himself in a very dangerous position. Calls came into the Auburn Police District around 7:00 p.m. reporting a domestic violence incident in the Camden Ridge Subdivision. When police arrived, the man reportedly began firing at them with a handgun. Police fired back, and the man retreated into the home, where he also had his family trapped in a room. Thanks to the police and fire department coming together and working smarter instead of harder, the situation was resolved without injury to the family members trapped upstairs. It was firefighter Andrew Kiser, Chief of Police Cedric Anderson and Shift Supervisor Lt. Cody Hill who were responsible for carrying out the daring rescue that helped bring the threat to an end. While the shooter refused to exit the house, the men carried a ladder to the house and set it up to reach one of the second-story windows, where they learned the man’s family had been trapped. While Anderson held the ladder steady, Hill climbed the ladder and Kiser assisted the family as they climbed out of the window. With the family out of the way, Lee County SWAT was able to enter the house and capture the suspect. He was taken to Baptist Medical Center South after he was found to have sustained what appeared to be a gunshot wound. “Auburn PD Alerts: Heavy Police Activity in the Camden Ridge Subdivision, in the area of Wedgewood Ct.,” a public safety alert for the area read, according to WRBL-TV. “The scene is secure at this time, NO ONGOING THREAT.” Auburn Assistant Police Chief Clarence Stewart praised the efforts of all involved, highlighting how each group present played an important role in…

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After Receiving Call About Blazing Attic Fire, Police Rescue Man Trapped Inside Smoke-Filled Bedroom

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A family in Marlboro Township, New Jersey, woke up just before midnight on Sunday and sensed something was wrong. They called 911 at around 11:38 p.m., reporting a “possible fire at the residence,” according to The Journal NJ. Officers Ryan Anzalone, Donna Gonzalez, Michael Morgante and Colin Murray with the Marlboro Township Police Department were first on the scene and quickly assessed the situation. They found smoke pouring out of the attic, but were relieved to see the family appeared to have exited the home. After a short time, though, the family realized one of their members was not with them, and was likely still trapped inside on the second floor. Gonzalez and Anzalone charged in and found the man, as described, in a bedroom on the second floor. By the time they got there, the room was “completely filled with smoke,” but they managed to rescue the resident. The fire department had a difficult time accessing the home due to the long, narrow driveway and a large landscaping rock. “While enroute Chief 2-66 was advised of heavy smoke from the attic,” the Robertsville Volunteer Fire Co. #1 posted on Facebook. “At the time the mutual aid response plan was put in place and the box alarm was requested to bring in initial assistance.” “Upon the arrival of 2-66 Chief advised the house was located down a 180 foot narrow driveway. Once engine 2-75 arrived there was trouble accessing the house due to a large ornamental boulder and trees. Members of the engine and police moved the 400lb boulder so the engine could get to the house and attack the fire. “As the incident progressed, the second alarm mutual aid plan was requested for this deep seated, hard to access attic fire.” The two officers who…

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