Catholic Church’s Latest Scandal: Reports of Priests Using Grindr In US And In Vatican

by | Aug 25, 2021 | Headline News | 6 comments

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    This article was originally published by Tyler Durden at ZeroHedge. 

    A series of reports from the conservative Catholic blog “The Pillar” show priests at various levels of the Catholic hierarchy in the US and the Vatican are using the gay dating app Grindr.

    The Pillar released three reports over a three-day timeframe, one on July 20, the next on July 23, and the 27th.

    The first report detailed Reverend Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill of the general secretary of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops resigned after “it found evidence the priest engaged in serial sexual misconduct, while he held a critical oversight role in the Catholic Church’s response to the recent spate of sexual abuse and misconduct scandals.”

    The second report made claims “about the use of location-based hookup apps” by people in unspecified rectories in the Archdiocese of Newark. The third report said, “16 mobile devices emitted signals from the hookup app Grindr on at least four days between March to October 2018 within the non-public areas of the Vatican City State, while 16 other devices showed the use of other location-based hookup or dating apps, both heterosexual and homosexual, on four or more days in the same time period.”


    All of the data analyzed by The Pillar was commercially available and contained location and usage information that users agree in the terms of service to be collected and commercialized as a condition of using the app.

    Extensive location-based hookup or dating app usage is evident within the walls of Vatican City, in restricted areas of St. Peter’s Basilica, inside Vatican City government and Holy See’s administration buildings including those used by the Vatican’s diplomatic staff, in residential buildings, and in the Vatican Gardens, both during daytime hours and overnight.  

    Signals emitted from most of the Vatican’s extraterritorial buildings, which house the offices of several key Curial departments were excluded from analysis because of the proximity of tourists, pilgrims, and the general public to those buildings on a daily basis. -The Pillar 

    The Pillar’s reporting put church officials in an embarrassing position because priests have an obligation to be celibate as a way to remain closer to Christ with an undivided heart.

    “If someone who has made a promise of celibacy or a vow of chastity has a dating app on his or her phone, that is asking for trouble,” Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin of Newark said during a Zoom conference organized by Georgetown University, quoted by NYTimes.

    “I would also say that I think there are very questionable ethics around the collection of this data of people who allegedly may have broken their promises,” Tobin said.

    The only app mentioned in the reports has been Grindr, suggesting the Catholic Church still has a homosexuality problem.

    Grindr told NYTimes it was still trying to figure out how the small blog obtained large amounts of data from its userbase.

    “What is clear is that this work involved much more than just a small blog,” Grindr said. 

    Ashkan Soltani, a former technology adviser to the White House and the Federal Trade Commission, said the complexity of the reports means that The Pillar had external help and advanced analytical skills to uncover Grindr usage within the Catholic Church.


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      1. Men of the cloth such B.S.

      2. they have to leave the kids alone after the last scandal.

      3. Celibacy of the Catholic Clergy, an unnatural sexual condition and one that goes against the Biblically proscribed sexual behavior of the Bible which says for men to take a wives and women to take a husbands.

        It should be no wonder that large numbers of the Catholic clergy become Catholic clergy because it gives a sanctuary for sexual perverts and deviants, a respected place for them to be sexually unnatural.

        If man, and the Church, would return to following the rules for our lives set out for us in the Bible our troubles would go away.

        The Church should consider this.

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      5. I’m not Catholic but my wife is, and she is super hyper ultra devoted to her faith. These scandals and revelations of priestly sexual perversion including homosexuality hurt her but do not even in the slightest degree shake her faith. I have met the priests she knows, they are men of the highest quality, and are utterly disgusted by those in the Church who commit these perversions. Many in the Church say the celibacy requirement is not the cause for these priests to be sexually immoral. Rather, and unfortunately, the Church is a haven where men who are already homo perverts likely never to marry anyway, can find others like them. I read it is probably about 5% of priests, and maybe higher, that practice sexual immorality, but a reason why this is a difficult issue for the church is because some of them are in the church hierarchy. Another reason is other priests though not perverts, do not expose it.
        The Roman Catholic Church (western) seems to have this problem that the Orthodox Churches (eastern) do not. In the Orthodox faiths a married man can become a priest, and many are and have children. But if the wife of the priest dies he is not allowed to remarry. A man who becomes a priest first while not married in is never allowed to marry. All unmarried priests in the Orthodox faiths are basically monks. There has also been instances of misbehavior among nuns, but is extremely rare.

      6. These different cliques of party people have all integrated —

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        There are background check kinds-of tools available to the general public, but I just googled to find the names of murderers and rapists in the local papers. Basically, noone in online dating is reproductively fit, capable of following instructions, or common courtesies. Alot of these people wanted to have sex in stores, during the holiday rush, or in parkinglots and driveways.

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        Preppers read about End Times in a gloomy and fearful kind of way, but are on the verge of legalizing every drug, in CA, as well as outright theft, every form of degeneracy, and criminalizing the prudes.

        They’re going to party, when you observant and contrite readers are gone.

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