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Irish Catholic Church investigating how gay porn showed up in priest’s presentation

Monday, April 2, 2012

DUBLIN — The Roman Catholic Church in Ireland said Monday it is investigating how a priest accidentally displayed a series of pornographic gay images during a presentation to parents of children preparing to receive First Holy Communion.

Rev. Martin McVeigh

The priest, Rev. Martin McVeigh, insisted he didn’t know how the explicit images got on the memory stick he intended to use for his presentation to families at St. Mary’s Primary School in the Northern Ireland village of Pomeroy, according to CNN.

The leader of Ireland’s Catholics, Cardinal Sean Brady, issued a statement Monday admitting that “inappropriate imagery was inadvertently shown by a priest at the beginning of a PowerPoint presentation.”

The statement went on the say the material “was immediately removed from the screen” and “the priest has stated that he had no knowledge of the offending imagery.”

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“The archdiocese immediately sought the advice of the PSNI (Police Service of Northern Ireland) who indicated that, on the basis of the evidence available, no crime had been committed.”

But angry parents are demanding that McVeigh be suspended from parish duties until the church determines who’s responsible.

The parents described how, at a March 26 meeting at the school, McVeigh inserted the memory stick, clicked open a folder — and unleashed a cavalcade of sexually explicit pictures of naked men.

“He was visibly shaken and flustered. He gave no explanation or apology to the group and bolted out of the room,” the parents said.

Irish media outlets are also reporting that at least one child, said to be an eight-year-old, was at the meeting.

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43 more reader comments:

  1. you know the bastid downloaded it himself!

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:11pm
  2. Bwhahhaahaa.

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:11pm
  3. Thats terrible…

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:12pm
  4. Oops. Wrong file!

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:12pm
  5. We all know …

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:12pm
  6. How typical!

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:12pm
  7. LMAO

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:13pm
  8. thats hilarious.

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:13pm
  9. ohh I see how it is Priesty :P

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:14pm
  10. @[618]

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:15pm
  11. 3 things: 1) Nothing wrong or illegal about gay porn; 2) what’s wrong was this priest’s lack of porn organizing/double-checking skills regarding his digital files; and 3) isn’t it sad when it’s a relief a Catholic priest wasn’t looking at child porn instead, which is kind of what we come to expect these days.

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:16pm
  12. Katherine Wai

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:16pm
  13. Just doing a little research hahahaha

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:16pm
  14. Sorry, but we all know it was there cuz Father happy pants downloaded it…investigation closed!

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:16pm
  15. I can do naught but LOL.

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:18pm
  16. I’m gay and have nothing against him watching gay porn…. but how did it happen? He was wathing it. lol Nothing more, nothing less. Move on with life.

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:19pm
  17. so the homophobe is actually a repressing homosexual, not surprise there!

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:20pm
  18. no*

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:20pm
  19. I couldn’t care if a priest wishes to indulge himself to some pictures of gay porn, he just should have been more careful about where he put the files, very silly mistake!

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:21pm
  20. He can always invoke his defense with the doctrine of immaculate conception. It’s about as convoluted as his explanation.

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:24pm
  21. Ha

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:26pm
  22. How it happened, simple, he was looking at it and forgot to remove it before he did the presentation.. case closed

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:28pm
  23. They were not images of boys, so I say give the priest a break. I bet he finds the body of Christ sexy as hell…

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:29pm
  24. Sloppy file organization, plain and simple.

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:30pm
  25. I lol’d

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:35pm
  26. “accidentally” huh? Riiiiiiiight

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:40pm
  27. Investigate this as a crime of passion.

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:43pm
  28. They’ve been “investigating” gay priest for years and still covering it up. Why should anyone believe this will be any different?

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:44pm
  29. Riiight they all say it’s an ‘accident’ yeah yeah sure sure

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:44pm
  30. Ohhhhhhh this is too good to be true!!!! xD!!!!!.this is like a sitcom

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:48pm
  31. How do you get a nun preggers?? Dress her up like an altar boy!!

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:53pm
  32. Lot pop ups in that article.

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:53pm
  33. 1st of all, it is a big problem… A priest is supposed to be an edification of “holiness”. To see him indulging in a “blasphemous” act is basically illegal in the eyes of the church. But I mean this just goes to show we are all human and sinners saved by salvation so the church needs to stop spreading homophobic hate. A priest is no different. You can be as holy as you wanna be, but the fact is we are all human.

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:59pm
  34. I say this is NOT a crime if the porn is from a long time ago, now dull of any current value. IF RECENT, then it’s red hot and should be investigated before it cools.

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 11:13pm
  35. There IS A REASON WHY people hate us in the world, America. It is because we are hypocrites. At it’s best.

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 11:18pm
  36. Well… you need a dick to apply for the priest job. But once you get the job, you can’t use your dick any more….

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 11:28pm
  37. must have gotten it mixed up with the parent trap dvd case or something.

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 11:59pm
  38. It’s really not that hard people! Catholic priest? Gay Porn? Children? Now watch them make it all go away!

    Posted on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 12:14am
  39. Didn’t this happen in an old episode of Father Ted?

    Posted on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 3:13am
  40. What an asshole!

    Posted on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 4:10am
  41. He did not even ask for apologies after the act

    Posted on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 4:12am
  42. Its unnatural for a person to be celibate….but now was this rgular porn or child porn…regular porn ….no biggie…hes human …..child porn …..id say fry him..but. they will just move him to another church where no one knows him ….

    Posted on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 4:41am
  43. This story is a classic, love it. What will they do about it NOTHING.

    Posted on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 2:28pm