Secretary-general of the US Bishops Conference Resigns over allegations of serial and illicit sexual activity

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Msgr. Jeffrey Burrill. Credit: USCCB/screenshot

The resignation is related to information provided by the online Catholic news site The Pillar.

Newsdesk (July 21, 2021 7:55 PM Gaudium Press) “It is with sadness that I inform you that Msgr. Jeffrey Burrill has resigned as General Secretary of the Conference,” wrote Archbishop José H. Gomez, president of the US Episcopal Conference, as reported by The Pillar. 

“On Monday, we became aware of impending media reports alleging possible improper behavior by Msgr. Burrill. What was shared with us did not include allegations of misconduct with minors. However, in order to avoid becoming a distraction to the operations and ongoing work of the Conference, Monsignor has resigned effective immediately,” Gomez added.

Msgr. Burrill was elected secretary-general of the US Conference of Bishops in November of last year. He is not a bishop and began working with that episcopate as assistant secretary-general since 2016. In that position, he was charged with helping to coordinate the US bishops’ response to ecclesiastical sexual abuse and coercion scandals that occurred in 2018.

The media reports are based on “commercially available records of app signal data obtained by The Pillar, a mobile device correlated” to Msgr. Burrill’s cell phone, suggesting he ” engaged in serial and illicit sexual activity.”

Compiled by Gustavo Kralj

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