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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.”

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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Unbelievable Footage Captures Moment Labrador Retriever Kisses Gigantic Whale Shark

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Plenty of dog owners like to take their pups out on adventures, but few pups are as adventurous as Sailor, an 8-year-old Labrador retriever who hails from Australia.

Labs are active dogs, known for their general friendliness and high energy, and Sailor ended up with a sweet deal in her owner, who loves adventure just as much as Sailor does.



“Life gets a little heavy sometimes and sailor definitely makes mine better, you know what they say pet owners live longer,” owner Jade Pursell posted on Facebook back in 2016.

Sailor gets to go hiking, swimming, boating — and now she’s going viral for an adorable moment that took place on a recent outing.



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Pursell works as a tour guide for Kings Ningaloo Reef Tours in Exmouth, Western Australia. She gets up close and personal with all kinds of sea creatures as part of her job, but on a recent trip out she watched a bond form between an unlikely pair.

While Sailor was perched on the back of the boat, Pursell watched as a 22-foot whale shark came up and investigated. They touch, briefly, appearing to kiss or “boop” one another in friendly curiosity.

The video, which Pursell took and shared on social media, went viral. Viewers found the odd couple absolutely heartwarming, and Pursell was happy the share the once-in-a-lifetime moment.



“Sailor had never met a whale shark before,” she said, according to Mirror. “I always hoped she would, but that was by far better than I had ever imagined.

“I was telling her not to touch it, but neither of them listened to me. Sailor sniffed and kissed the shark. I was so happy. To see Sailor meet a whale shark, I honestly just felt overjoyed. Animals are incredible, and it couldn’t have gone any better. I wondered if she knew or could smell that this was the animal I swim with everyday.”

At first, Pursell thought it was the movement caused by her diving partner that intrigued the friendly fish, but it kept inching closer and closer to the boat until she became convinced it had spotted Sailor and wanted to investigate.

“Jorja made a big leap into the water and the whale shark became intrigued by her bubbles,” she explained. “At first I thought the whale shark liked the bubbles coming from the movement of the boat in the swell, but then it raised its head out of the water to look into the boat.

“I don’t know whether it was the squeaking noise Sailor was making in excitement or whether it could sense her, but they were face to face and then came the kiss.”



Some were concerned about the size and temperament of the whale shark, but the creatures are mild-mannered and feed on plankton, so Sailor wasn’t in danger of becoming a meal.

“My initial worry was that she might take a leap of faith onto the shark or that she would touch it,” Pursell said. “Once the shark was so close to her I knew I had nothing to worry about.

“It was such an innocent interaction, I felt so lucky to see it. To think Sailor is probably the only dog in the world to have kissed a whale shark is pretty special.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Plenty of dog owners like to take their pups out on adventures, but few pups are as adventurous as Sailor, an 8-year-old Labrador retriever who hails from Australia. Labs are active dogs, known for their general friendliness and high energy, and Sailor ended up with a sweet deal in her owner, who loves adventure just as much as Sailor does. “Life gets a little heavy sometimes and sailor definitely makes mine better, you know what they say pet owners live longer,” owner Jade Pursell posted on Facebook back in 2016. Sailor gets to go hiking, swimming, boating — and now she’s going viral for an adorable moment that took place on a recent outing. Pursell works as a tour guide for Kings Ningaloo Reef Tours in Exmouth, Western Australia. She gets up close and personal with all kinds of sea creatures as part of her job, but on a recent trip out she watched a bond form between an unlikely pair. While Sailor was perched on the back of the boat, Pursell watched as a 22-foot whale shark came up and investigated. They touch, briefly, appearing to kiss or “boop” one another in friendly curiosity. The video, which Pursell took and shared on social media, went viral. Viewers found the odd couple absolutely heartwarming, and Pursell was happy the share the once-in-a-lifetime moment. “Sailor had never met a whale shark before,” she said, according to Mirror. “I always hoped she would, but that was by far better than I had ever imagined. “I was telling her not to touch it, but neither of them listened to me. Sailor sniffed and kissed the shark. I was so happy. To see Sailor meet a whale shark, I honestly just felt overjoyed. Animals are incredible, and it…

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Woman Discovers Amazon’s ‘Alexa’ Recorded Her Without Her Knowledge Over 3,000 Times

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Privacy is becoming a trickier thing to maintain these days, especially when you willingly carry one of the most advanced tracking devices in existence wherever you go.

Those who are wary of smartphones, smart devices and virtual assistants generally cite concerns over their information being recorded and shared without their knowledge.

Only fueling those concerns, one woman recently shared that she had found over 3,000 recordings of herself taken by her various Amazon devices.

@my.data.not.yours #greenscreen we made it to the @New York Post 😱 #fyp #foryoupage #dataprivacy #rownd #datarevolution #data #tech #takebackyourdata #privacy ♬ Spongebob – Dante9k

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The woman, who goes by the username “my.data.not.yours” on TikTok, posts lots of videos on the topics of privacy, reviews privacy policies and gives people tips on how to limit (or at least be aware of) their digital footprint.

She started by informing viewers that she owns two Amazon Dots and an Echo device, and her house uses some smart bulbs.

“I requested all the data Amazon has on me and here’s what I found,” she said. “So when I downloaded the ZIP file these are all the folders it came with.”

In the video, she clicks on the “audio” file and says that it contains 3,534 short clips that her devices recorded, which she tells viewers is “so scary.”

She explained that one recording was of her asking Alexa to turn the lights on — nothing too surprising there. What she was more concerned about was that there was a file on her contacts, too.

“It turns out they have a full list of my contacts from my phone and I never remember syncing that,” she said.

That wasn’t the end of it.

“The very last thing that I didn’t know that they had — I could have assumed that they have but I don’t love that they have — is my location,” she continued, admitting that she’s “not totally comfortable with everything they have.”

@my.data.not.yours Reply to @ladyisabellemae #privacy #fyp #foryoupage #amazon #alexa #dataprivacy #bigtech #bigbrother #trending #bigdata #privacyrevolution #update ♬ Spongebob – Dante9k

While this may surprise some people, many have known about this feature on their devices for some time.

In February, an article by CNBC stated that the Amazon Echo “saves a copy of everything you ask Alexa,” which makes sense. You can also delete these recordings — ironically — by asking Alexa to delete them.

You can also change the settings so that recordings are automatically deleted after a set amount of time.

According to the New York Post, an Amazon spokesperson acknowledged the voice recording feature and said that the recordings can be deleted at any time or you can change the settings so they aren’t saved in the first place.

“We give customers transparency and control over their Alexa experience,” the spokesperson said. “Customers can easily review and delete their voice recordings, or choose not to have them saved at all, at any time.

“Customers can import their mobile phone contacts to the Alexa app so they can use features like hands-free calling and messaging; this optional feature, which customers need to set up, can be disabled at any time.

“Finally, you can grant permissions for the Alexa app to use certain data, such as your mobile device’s geolocation, to provide relevant results (e.g., weather, traffic, restaurant recommendations), and you can manage these permissions in the app.”

Did you know about these features?

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Privacy is becoming a trickier thing to maintain these days, especially when you willingly carry one of the most advanced tracking devices in existence wherever you go. Those who are wary of smartphones, smart devices and virtual assistants generally cite concerns over their information being recorded and shared without their knowledge. Only fueling those concerns, one woman recently shared that she had found over 3,000 recordings of herself taken by her various Amazon devices. @my.data.not.yours #greenscreen we made it to the @New York Post 😱 #fyp #foryoupage #dataprivacy #rownd #datarevolution #data #tech #takebackyourdata #privacy ♬ Spongebob – Dante9k The woman, who goes by the username “my.data.not.yours” on TikTok, posts lots of videos on the topics of privacy, reviews privacy policies and gives people tips on how to limit (or at least be aware of) their digital footprint. She started by informing viewers that she owns two Amazon Dots and an Echo device, and her house uses some smart bulbs. “I requested all the data Amazon has on me and here’s what I found,” she said. “So when I downloaded the ZIP file these are all the folders it came with.” In the video, she clicks on the “audio” file and says that it contains 3,534 short clips that her devices recorded, which she tells viewers is “so scary.” She explained that one recording was of her asking Alexa to turn the lights on — nothing too surprising there. What she was more concerned about was that there was a file on her contacts, too. “It turns out they have a full list of my contacts from my phone and I never remember syncing that,” she said. That wasn’t the end of it. “The very last thing that I didn’t know that they had — I could have assumed that they have…

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