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Church investigates after parishioners notice gay porn during communion rites

By Andrew Jones
Monday, April 2, 2012 14:55 EDT
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Priests celebrating Catholic mass via AFP
 
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A priest in Northern Ireland is being investigated Monday for accidently showing gay pornographic images to a group of parents, according to the BBC.

Father Martin McVeigh was prepared to show a normal Powerpoint slideshow from a memory stick at a holy communion presentation last week in front of 26 parents and an eight-year-old child. Suddenly, 16 images of gay porn popped up on screen unexpectedly, resulting in McVeigh removing the stick quickly.

“He was visibly shaken and flustered,” one parent at the meeting told the BBC. “He gave no explanation or apology to the group and bolted out of the room. The coordinator and the teachers then continued with the presentation. The meeting continued in his absence, however, the parents who viewed the pictures were horrified and distracted.”

McVeigh was still rattled by the incident.

“I don’t know how it happened,” he told the UTV. “There are people making innuendoes who weren’t even there, but in this day and age these stories grow.”

Cardinal Brady, the head of the Catholic Church in Ireland, released a statement on the issue.

“The priest has stated that he had no knowledge of the offending imagery,” Brady said. “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. The priest is co-operating with an investigation of the matter on the part of the Archdiocese.”

Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones is a staff writer/reporter for Raw Story. Besides covering politics, he is also a freelance sports journalist, as well as a slam poetry and music artist. You can follow him on Twitter @sluggahjells.
 
 
 
 
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