VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Citing “improper conduct,” the US Convention of Catholic Bishops introduced the resignation of its common secretary, Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill, in an announcement launched on Tuesday (July 20).
“On Monday, we grew to become conscious of impending media studies alleging potential improper conduct by Msgr. Burrill,” learn the assertion, signed by the president of the bishops’ convention, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles.
The USCCB’s assertion mentioned the knowledge the convention acquired “didn’t embody allegations of misconduct with minors.”
Based on the assertion, Burrill resigned from his submit “efficient instantly” to not disrupt the continuing work of the USCCB. The bishops’ convention mentioned it will “pursue applicable steps” to handle the allegations of misconduct.
The USCCB is at the moment finding out the creation of a doc addressing the Eucharist, which stirred controversy in gentle of a number of bishops’ view that U.S. President Joe Biden, who’s Catholic, ought to desist or be denied from taking the sacrament in gentle of his insurance policies on abortion and LGBTQ points.
Burrill was elected common secretary of the USCCB in November 2020. The place oversees administrative and workers issues within the convention. He held quite a few positions on the North American School in Rome and later served as a pastor in a Wisconsin diocese.
The Rev. Michael Fuller, at the moment affiliate common secretary of the USCCB, will function interim common secretary till the bishops elect a brand new one, in accordance with the assertion.
“I ask to your prayers for Monsignor, and for the Convention workers throughout this tough time. We additionally pray that every one these affected would possibly discover power and luxury in our merciful Lord,” the assertion concluded.
In an article revealed Monday, the EWTN-owned Catholic Information Company mentioned it had acquired a proposal in 2018 from people who claimed to have entry to expertise able to monitoring monks who obtain courting apps. Whereas the information group mentioned it declined the proposal on the time, it warned in Monday’s article that “there are studies this week that info focusing on allegedly energetic gay monks might turn out to be public.” The article didn’t point out Burrill.
The USCCB assertion didn’t make reference to the CNA article nor elaborate on what alleged improper conduct Burrill was accused of.