Vatican Unnerved; Fears More Priests Will be Outed with Grindr Data P-admin Atheist Republic

Read More Atheist Republic A month ago, the bombshell news about Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill’s resignation over strong allegations of sexual activities caused a sudden restructuring of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ top ranks. Msgr. Burrill’s activities related to his use of a gay dating app were documented using commercially available location-based signals from Grindr. This news was first released by The Pillar, a publication available as a newsletter subscription.
This month, the Vatican has become increasingly apprehensive over these easily accessible location-based signals from Grindr. The conservative Catholic newsletter publication, The Pillar has once again released an analysis of mobile data signals. However, they have been releasing limited information about their investigation, avoiding the possibility of implicating anyone, especially priests or clergy holding high-ranking office.
This time, on their third coverage, The Pillar claims that their new data contains evidence of individuals. This data includes logs of mobile signals from 2018 up to 2020. What’s more shocking is that these data are being transmitted inside the Vatican. The Pillar reported more than 30 mobile devices transmitting location-based signals for Grindr from inside the Vatican. These mobile devices regularly transmitted signals “from secured areas… ordinarily inaccessible to tourists and pilgrims.”
The Pillar’s reports came in successively after Msgr. Burril resigned last July. The first report caused the resignation. The second report published less than a week after claims the same mobile data being transmitted from rectories belonging to the Archdiocese of Newark in New Jersey. With each report coming closer to implying that homosexuality is rampant inside the walls of the Vatican.
The Catholic church in the US has been shaken and unnerved. The New York Times calls this trend of reports a “new weapon… in the culture war” within the Catholic church.

Joseph Tobin, a cardinal from Newark, cries foul and calls the data collection and analysis by The Pillar “very questionable.” The Pillar has repeatedly announced that their method of data collection can be reproduced by anyone claiming that the mobile data collected from Grindr is publicly accessible. Aside from Grindr, other gay dating apps also provided publicly available location-based data.
This series of events command strong attention from the Catholic church because of the potential implications it can reveal. With Christianity hounding mercilessly those who identify beyond a man and a woman, the capability of this information to cause havoc on the Catholic church’s credibility is unlimited.