Priest probed over indecent images

Published Monday, 02 April 2012
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The head of the Catholic Church in Ireland has said a priest who revealed pornographic images during a Holy Communion presentation is being investigated.

Priest probed over indecent images
The inappropriate images were shown to parents and a child on 26 March. (© Getty)

Father Martin McVeigh was to host a Powerpoint presentation to parents at St Mary's School in Pomeroy, Co Tyrone last week.

Instead, around 16 pictures of gay porn which had been stored on a memory stick were shown to the 26 parents and an eight-year-old child who was also at the meeting.

Speaking to the Ulster Herald Fr McVeigh said: "I don't know how it happened.

"There are people making innuendoes who weren't even there, but in this day and age these stories grow."

It is understood that although the priest celebrated daily mass as normal during the week, Fr McVeigh was not present for Palm Sunday liturgies on Saturday evening.

Dungannon parish priest Dean Colum Curry read a statement from Cardinal Sean Brady at the service.

"The priest has stated that he had no knowledge of the offending imagery. The Archdiocese immediately sought the advice of the PSNI who indicated that, on the basis of the evidence available, no crime had been committed," said Cardinal Brady.

"The priest is co-operating with an investigation of the matter on the part of the Archdiocese."

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10 Comments
Seán in Newcastle wrote (845 days ago):
Yet again, a controversial occurance in the Catholic Church is left on the news for days and will probably be so for weeks! Yet if there's an abuse in the Presbyterian church it's quickly swept under the carpet!!!
OldSod in Fermanagh wrote (846 days ago):
norman.d,... you say the police should have charged the priest,.... with what exactly? It is not a crime to be gay or have gay pornography. This is embarrassing for this priest and serves to highlight the hypocrisy (and untenability) of the Catholic Church's stance on celibacy and gayness,... but as far as the law of the land stands,... he has committed no crime.
david in belfast wrote (846 days ago):
Hahaha yeah right, someone else used my memory stick, sure thing chief
John D in USA wrote (846 days ago):
The biggest laugh is that, apparently, it took 16 pictures for them to realize something was amiss.
Vee in Belfast wrote (847 days ago):
Lets not condemn this priest without hearing what really happened. The memory stick concerned was used by others in the parish. Who knows which of the local 'jokers' would put on images like that to embarrass the priest?
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