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Results of inquiry into priest’s accidental gay porn display expected today

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  1. I wait with bated breath.

    I wonder why I suspect there will be a claim that they could not establish the facts because the laptop was stolen.

    Why was it not seized earlier!

  2. Christine Beckett 20 Apr 2012, 12:56pm

    He gives great mass….

  3. As I said before he was “visibly shaken and flustered” because he was caught and the fact that the laptop was stolen is highly suspicious.

  4. I’m curious;
    1. why was the laptop not taken by the PSNI for inspection?
    2. The images were on a memory stick…was it not taken for inspection.
    3. if not then was the memory stick stolen as well as the laptop??

  5. judging by these comments its clear that they have made their decision based on who they think he is and not investigated the incident.

    1. The decision I have reached is that there is a case to answer, not what the answers that should be reached.

      Porn (of any kind) should not be shown to 8 year olds. Nor would it be acceptable in a public meeting in a school (even if the entire audience was adult).

      It is concerning that neither the RC church nor PSNI seized the laptop when this incident occurred and both organisations believed was worthy of further investigation.

      It appears concerning that the laptop was allowed to be taken home by the priest and then there was a burglary (where we are led to believe nothing else was stolen).

      No one has commented on what happened to the memory stick.

      There are lots of potential explanations, but there is enough (particularly given prior cover ups involving the RC church and Irish police connected to childrens matters) to have concerns that need clear and honest answers.

      1. i meant the comments in the article Stu, judging by the comments they were giving it looks like the result will not be an investigation into the event, but into who they believe he is. I never defended his position.

      2. Stu I argued with you in your approach to this issue in comments on a previous article about this. But I have to admit this is very dodgy. I’m not impressed by the PSNI, it looks like they’ve left the RC to swoop in to conduct their own investigation before they looked at the laptop themselves and by then it was ‘stolen’.

        I’m completely uninterested by the results of whatever investigation has been made by the Archdiocese, they are far from a neutral party.

        I think that it’s more likely that these pics belonged to the Priest and he got them mixed up with his work files. If so, hypocrisy aside, I don’t think it’s that a big deal. But the point is it hasn’t been dealt with properly. It looks like a classic RC Church cover up which will mean no-one will ever know the facts. In light of the RC’s history with covering up child abuse within it’s own ranks, this really isn’t good enough. And it actually paints this incident in the same light as actual abuse cases.

        1. @Paul

          Thanks.

          It was quite some argument, I remember lol

          I think to be fair – I saw potential for there to be an issue of concern and wanted it checked out to be sure. You felt the concern was less clear or less likely and that it was excessive to go down that route (if my recollection is right).

          We both agreed an investigation would be useful to establish facts. I think we both thought it would be a low key PSNI investigation that would either close very early without concerns or explore leads as they arose.

          When PSNI agreed to it – I presumed they would seize the laptop and memory stick. It seems odd that the PSNI would not seize the laptop and even if there is a feasible explanation for this (which I can not think of) then it looks dodgy.

  6. “We hope they decide to start all presentations this way, but aren’t holding our breath”

    Sorry but I don’t understand the need for this unless it’s because of priests wanting to have their cake and eat it with all their scandals.

    I don’t intend any offence to anyone though.

  7. There are, obviously, many, man gay priests. But not all are closet cases, reactionaries, pedophiles, or anti-gay hypocrites. Anyone who has a porn collection, which is everyone on this forum including me, could have a similar mishap. This is only a “scandal” because of misguided official Church policies on celibacy and homosexuality. No need to fry this one priest.

  8. GingerlyColors 20 Apr 2012, 3:20pm

    How ‘accidental’ was that? It doesn’t take much to check that the video on your memory stick is the right one and it is a good idea not to mixed adult videos with ones that you intend to show to children – let’s use a bit of common sense here.

  9. The Catholics seem to be able to hide the truth by having the evidence go away as well as countless children who were raped and the Catholic priest who raped them, such is their influence to hide the truth. That takes money and evil people who are more interested in hiding the truth about their religion than being honest and correcting their problems like a real religion should do. We all will remember what you did
    no matter how hard you try to hide your sins.

  10. Won’t someone please return that laptop to poor Fr. McVeigh, hasn’t he gone through enough?
    I’m sure there’ll be a reward for its safe return… ;)

  11. Wait for it, next time it’ll be “ooh i don’t know what happened, he bent over for a second and it just slipped into his bottom.”

    1. You really think that is where he has hidden the memory stick? hmmm, you might be right.

  12. Interesting comment in Mid Ulster Mail:
    There were also fears the investigation into the incident would be hampered after the laptop was stolen in a break-in on the church grounds last week. The break-in was reported shortly after 9.15am on Monday, April 9th. CCTV cameras around the area were not working at the time of the burglary and the police have appealed for information.
    But the priest has since claimed that investigators from the Church had already examined the contents of his computer prior to it being stolen.
    Since the incident Father McVeigh has remained in his position in the parish, but has not celebrated Sunday mass.
    He says that he does not know how the images came to be on the USB device, which is used by “several” members of the parish.
    Around 26 parents, a number of teachers, plus an eight year-old child were present in the room when the images appeared during a PowerPoint presentation on the evening of March 27th.
    According to a statement given to the MAIL on behalf

    1. of the parents, the memory stick was inserted by the priest, before being removed. He was then said to have left the room “visibly shaken and flustered” according to an earlier statement from parents

      How convenient CCTV not working!

  13. This is the funiest thing I’ve heard in ages.

  14. From BBC News:
    Parents met representatives from the Archdiocese of Armagh on Friday.
    Fr McVeigh remains parish priest but is taking a temporary leave of absence.
    It is understood that parents and parishioners were read a prepared statement from the Catholic Church which said that Fr McVeigh had been exonerated.
    They also heard that the PSNI had found no crime had been committed and that Social Services had informed them there were no child protection issues.
    Those present were told Fr McVeigh would continue as parish priest.
    However, many parishioners present were unhappy with the statement.
    Shortly afterwards an official statement released to journalists said the meeting had been “inconclusive”, that another would be arranged and that the investigation into the affair was not yet complete.
    In a statement, the Archdiocese of Armagh said Fr McVeigh, at his own request, has asked for temporary leave and Cardinal Sean Brady had agreed to his request without prejudice to any of the

    1. parties involved.
      An investigation was launched after the indecent pictures were “inadvertently” shown during the meeting for parents in preparation for First Holy Communion.
      The parents claimed the images were projected onto the screen from a memory stick the parish priest had inserted into a computer before the presentation.
      The parents said Fr McVeigh quickly removed the memory stick.
      The priest said he had no knowledge of the offending imagery.
      Parishioners had wanted Fr McVeigh to attend Friday’s meeting.

  15. He showed gay porn instead of his presentation. In a real world job situation, he would have been fired. And the added extra of the laptop vanishing…gone, Dude. Guilty…

    1. More likely the congregation would have breathed a sigh of relief that the porn featured adults, this being the church and all… Wouldn’t you?

  16. Yes another example of gay porn being “accidentally” aired to shock parents.

    The church is so desperate to turn public opinion against us, it would ‘nt surprise me that they would stoop so low.

    I may be wrong but does anyone else remember so much gay porn being aired by mistake before equal marriage became a hot topic.

    Shock tactics to spread fear and nothing more in my opinion.

  17. The church is so desperate to turn public opinion against us, it wouldn’t surprise me that they would stoop so low.

    I may be wrong but does anyone else remember so much gay porn being aired by mistake before equal marriage became a hot topic.

    Shock tactics to spread fear and nothing more in my opinion.

  18. The strange actions of innocent men

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