So thats why it’s called that

Timothy Kincaid

April 2nd, 2012

From ABC we have this:

A Catholic priest in Northern Ireland has found himself in hot water after he accidentally displayed a series of pornographic gay images during a presentation to parents of children preparing to receive First Holy Communion.

Father Martin McVeigh projected 16 “indecent images of men” on a projector screen during a March 26 PowerPoint presentation to a group of 26 parents at St. Mary’s School in Pomeroy, Ireland, the BBC reports.

Naturally Father McVeigh has no idea where those pictures came from or how they ended up on the memory stick he inserted into the computer. Here we call such a device a flash drive.


April 2nd, 2012

UHM. Where can I buy one of those memory sticks?

Thank you Timothy for the best laugh I have had today.


April 3rd, 2012

Wait… how do you show 16 indecent images unintentionally? One is ‘oops I opened the wrong folder’, but 16?

David C.

April 3rd, 2012

Here we call such a device a flash drive.

Perhaps in this case the device in question should be called a flesh drive.


April 3rd, 2012

Zaylinda: that depends… the simplest possibility, and the one that most easily leaves open the possibility someone set him up, would be that they were all in one slide.

Otherwise, still presuming for the time being that it was unintentional… I’ve often used an old document as a template for a new one. There’s a *slight* possibility that this is something of that kind, if he was foolish enough 1) to use something like *that* (which he really shouldn’t have in the first place) for this and 2) either not remembering to delete the old items or not making sure it was the correct version on the flash drive… well, it’s not exactly credible, but it’s *possible.* Then it would be a matter of repeatedly thinking the next slide would be the beginning of the intended content, and so moving on as quickly as possible to get to it.

If the linked account is at all accurate, including them deliberately wouldn’t fit at all with his reaction. So it has to be either accident or sabotage.

David Roberts

April 3rd, 2012

Actually, a Memory Stick is a particular type of flash drive which came before the currently ubiquitous USB format.  I have clients that still use the term generically because they learned it first.

I have yet to hear any of them complain about gay porn spontaneously appearing on their drives, however. Either the priest is really stupid or someone really doesn’t like him.


April 3rd, 2012

No priest would DELIBERATELY show pornographic images (gay or otherwise) to a gathering of parents – unless he was desperate to get himself thrown out of the priesthood, in which case that would seem an extraordinarily clumsy way of going about it.

I can only suggest that either (1) he had two very similar looking memory sticks in his presbytery and in his haste brought the wrong one with him to the meeting, or (2) some malicious person managed to effect an adroit substitution before the presentation began.


April 3rd, 2012

Even if he had his back to the screen the whole time and couldn’t see them, you’d think the “Oh my god…” look on people’s faces would’ve clued him in that something was wrong well before he got to the 16th one, idiot.


April 3rd, 2012

I’m just curious as to who was actually taking the time to ‘count’ them. And was this verified with another congregant that exactly 16 were shown? After all, this kind of stuff is important!

I mean, if I was in the midst of worship and suddenly saw pictures of scantily clad, (or not clad at all) men projected on the screen, I suspect I would either be ‘inspired’ or appalled. But I doubt I’d have the presence of mind to sit there and go…1…2…3…

Also, “indecent images of men” is rather ambiguous. Were there multiple men in each picture or were they pictures of individual men? If the latter is the case how can that properly be described as ‘gay’ images. Again, this could be a critical piece of information as well.

All levity aside, this priest does deserve the same presumed innocence as anyone else. The flash drive could have passed through several hands before being presented. Who knows? The one upside, regardless of how you dice it, at least they were pictures of ‘men’.

Anne Noise

April 3rd, 2012

@Sandhorse – clearly it was a 4×4 grid of porn, for some reason; easily counted.


April 3rd, 2012


Can’t think of anything else to add.

Timothy (TRiG)

April 3rd, 2012

The most obvious explanation: he navigated to the drive, to be greeted with a 4×4 grid of thumbnail images. I don’t think it was a 16-picture slideshow. Or a slideshow at all.


Rob in San Diego

April 5th, 2012

Of course he would use his flesh drive, can’t store images directly on his computer.


April 7th, 2012

RiSD: That’s quite a typo… or else a deliberate but unfinished joke.


April 24th, 2012

itwas amazing 3 accidents in a few moments , first accident showing pictures,
second accident dropping the pen drive to the floor , third accident putting your foot on it , followed by a break in at the priests house

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