Update – Catholic priest, Father McVeigh, releases statement regarding porn images

April 30th, 2012 by admin Leave a reply »
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Cardinal Sean Baptist Brady approves Father McVeigh's sabbatical leave. Father McVeigh releases statement in the light of the laptop theft

We did a post last week about a laptop being stolen from a Priest’s house. Here is an excerpt: Northern Ireland’s police force was investigating the case of a Catholic priest who had managed to project pornographic gay images to a room of primary school parents instead of a presentation on Holy Communion. These were 26 parents of pupils of St Mary’s school in Pomeroy.

Father Martin McVeigh had maintained that he destroyed the memory stick containing offensive material.

Update on this news item

The catholic priest, Father Martin McVeigh, released a statement in his church bulletin.

He said the last month had been “the most difficult of my life”.

“I deeply regret my failure to check, in advance, my presentation,” he added.

The priest explained how he had immediately removed the memory stick from the laptop.

“In my shock and upset and in my concern to ensure that the images would never be shown again, I destroyed it later that evening,” he added.

Fr McVeigh reiterated his innocence and said he recognized the incident “was very serious in nature” and had “caused much anxiety and distress”.

“I apologize unreservedly for the hurt caused,” he said.

“I want to assure you however, that I was not responsible for the presence of the offending images and in this respect I ask you to accept my innocence.”

Cardinal Sean Brady approves Father McVeigh’s leave

Father McVeigh had requested Cardinal Sean Brady to allow him to leave the parish of Pomeroy and to take sabbatical leave. Cardinal Brady had agreed to the request for leave on the understanding that Fr McVeigh would return to the diocese.

According to the Cardinal the diocese would now work to make sure that procedures and policies were put in place for the proper monitoring and use of computers in parishes.

Cardinal Brady further added that there had been an investigation into the computers used by Fr McVeigh.

“These have been forensically examined by an independent technical expert and no inappropriate imagery has been found,” he said.

“However an additional laptop, which was located in the sacristy, was stolen in the period following the 26 March meeting with parents.

“This stolen laptop did not form part the technical examination and its theft was reported to the PSNI.”

Learning from the scandal

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