Irish Catholic Church probes porn slideshow

A priest offering a presentation to parents ended up showing them a slideshow of gay porn.

Written by Associated Press | Dublin | Published: April 4, 2012 1:01:54 am

The Roman Catholic Church in Ireland said Monday it’s investigating how a priest offering a presentation to parents on their children’s upcoming Confessions instead ended up showing them a computer slideshow of gay porn.

The leader of Ireland’s 4 million Catholics,Cardinal Sean Brady,said the priest involved insists he didn’t know how the explicit images got on the memory stick he intended to use for his Powerpoint presentation to families at St. Mary’s Primary School in the Northern Ireland village of Pomeroy.

Brady said the priest,the Rev. Martin McVeigh,“has stated that he had no knowledge of the offending imagery’’ and is helping an internal church investigation. McVeigh said other church officials used the memory stick and he wanted an investigation “so that what happened can be legitimately explained.’’ “I don’t know how it happened but I know what happened,’’ McVeigh said.

That’s not good enough for St. Mary’s parents,who are demanding the priest’s suspension from parish duties until the church determines who’s responsible. They withdrew their children,mostly aged 9,from a planned Sunday service focused on the children’s upcoming first Confessions and Communions,major sacraments of the church.

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.

Two other school and church officials continued the Communion discussion,they said,“however the parents who viewed the pictures were horrified and distracted.’’ They said an 8-year-old child also was present.

After about 20 minutes,they said,McVeigh rejoined the meeting ”and wrapped up by saying that the children get lots of money for their Holy Communion and should consider giving some of it to the church.’’

The parents said they were “enraged that Father McVeigh has been entrusted with the pastoral care of their children.’’ Church officials arranged for another priest to oversee the children’s Confessions this month but couldn’t say whether McVeigh would oversee their First Communions in May.

US trial: Priest joked about abusing 3 boys in week
Philadelphia:
Jurors in a landmark priest abuse trial on Monday heard about a priest-turned-camp prowler and another who was accused of bragging about having sex with three boys in a week.

Monsignor William Lynn is on trial on charges of child endangerment and conspiracy. Lynn,61,is the first Roman Catholic church official in the US charged for his handling of priest abuse complaints. Prosecutors say he helped the church bury them in secret files,far from the prying eyes of investigators,civil attorneys and concerned Catholics. In the day’s most startling testimony,a detective read internal church memos about a priest who is said to have “joked about how hard it was to have sex with three boys in one week.’’ The priest’s accuser also stated the priest had a “rotation process’’ of boys spending time sleeping with him. Defence lawyers argue that Lynn tried to address the problem as secretary for clergy from 1992 to 2004.

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