Irish Catholic Priest shares gay porn


109 Responses to “Irish Catholic Priest shares gay porn”

  1. RedShirt77 says:


    Now will they fire him for misuse of a work computer or for being gay?

    Either way, I assume this guy will have a better life outside the priesthood.

    • Mordicai says:

       In this guy’s defense…isn’t EVERYTHING a work computer when you are a priest?  Like, the church provides everything you own, yeah?

      • ChicagoD says:

        Close. Many priests have private cars and some personal possessions. If they live in the rectory the internet connection is almost surely owned by “work” even if the computer might not be.

        • Brainspore says:

          New Organizational Policy:
          Internet connections in rectories “A” through “D” are for official church business only. Recreational use is available in the E-rectory.

    • Brainspore says:

      Now will they fire him for misuse of a work computer or for being gay?

      Technically priests are allowed to be gay, they’re just not supposed to have any kind sex. Presumably wanking to gay porn would fall within the “no-no” realm. Extra double bad points for letting the kids see it.

      • Ipo says:

         Techncally a catholic priest cannot even know if he is gay, since it is forbidden to him to have any lustful thoughts at all, unless he is married. 

        • Brainspore says:

          Not quite. It’s considered a sin to dwell upon, take pleasure from, or act upon lustful thoughts—but not to have them. At least that’s what they were saying back when I was a practicing Catholic.

          • Ipo says:

             You were not a priest I take it.    =] 
            Look it up, it’s their rule. 

          • Brainspore says:

            @boingboing-acc24295a031cec540665b451bde7e07:disqus : Well like I said, that’s not the way it was taught to me. I’m sure there are differing interpretations of the rule though.

          • ChicagoD says:

            Ipo, it’s not their rule. I know plenty of priests and know what the Church teaches unmarried people. It is what Brainspore said, not what you said.

          • Ipo says:

            I take it that you were not ordained.    =] 
            Its their rule.   Celibacy excludes not only libidinous acts, but also sinful thoughts or desires of the flesh. 

          • Brainspore says:

            @boingboing-acc24295a031cec540665b451bde7e07:disqus :

            Celibacy excludes not only libidinous acts, but also sinful thoughts or desires of the flesh.

            Ah, I think this is the point we’re stuck on. A lustful thought only becomes a “sinful” thought (in the eyes of the church) if the person having it dwells upon or takes pleasure from it. Involuntary thoughts are not considered a violation of celibacy.

      • Jonathan Roberts says:

        Extra double bad points for letting the MEDIA see it.
        Fixed that for you.

  2. ChicagoD says:

    First, isn’t he British, rather than Irish? Isn’t that the whole point of Northern Ireland?

    Second, what a disaster. I wonder how many parishes have lost great priests because they were ultimately conflicted between appropriate, adult sexual interests and the demands of the priesthood. I know of at least one parish in Chicago where that was ABSOLUTELY the case and both the Church and parish are poorer for it.

  3. Poor guy.

    Although if he didn’t sign himself up to a cult he could be gay without so much shame and self-denial.

    That said, he’d still likely get a telling off for showing a bunch of porn during a primary school meeting.

  4. phisrow says:

    According to the police report, it was 100% adult, legal, gay porn. No way can he expect a nice, quiet, reassignment to a new location…

  5. satn says:

    “The parent also noted that those who saw the pictures “were horrified and distracted””

    I can understand why they would be horrified, but why distracted? Is it something about Christians that makes gay porn stick in their mind, turning it into a consuming obsession?

    • corydodt says:


      Sitting here, I can understand why they’d be distracted, but not horrified. It would be very distracting to have something like that happen. I’d be thinking about what might happen to the priest and speculating on the reactions of the people in the room rather than paying attention to some BS slideshow.

      But horrified? No.

      • nettdata says:


        As a straight guy, I could imagine being distracted by pics of some guy with a monster unit, in a “woah… seriously?” kind of way.  That could be construed as “distracted”, I’d say.

        I can also imagine a woman, who might well imagine being on the receiving end of said monster unit, being horrified at the prospect.  Not that I have first hand experience of witnessing said horrified look on a woman’s face, mind you.  *sigh*

        Just sayin.

        • kairos says:

          Can I just step in here and register how ridiculous it is for people to be arguing over whether it makes more sense to be exclusively ‘horrified’ or ‘distracted’ after your priest just tossed some hot porn up on his PowerPoint guide to the Sacraments?

          I love that you just used the phrase ‘monster unit,’ though.

          • corydodt says:

             Yes, we should be arguing over whether it would be “hilarious” or “funny, but in a nervous-awkward way”.

          • nettdata says:

             Unless it was a Priest of the Temples of Syrinx, I find it hard to take them seriously, so it all just runs downhill from there.

      • Ipo says:

         Could they be flabbergasted? 

    • ChicagoD says:

      Oh, to have it be a slide show for Communion. You know, taking the body into your mouth . . . that just isn’t going to end well.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      but why distracted?

      I’m sorry.  What were you saying?

  6. Teller says:

    Once in Northern Ireland, the computer might’ve exploded when turned on. This is progress.

  7. voiceinthedistance says:

    My question:  was it a single slide with a collage of 16 images, or did he have one offending image pop up, and then he panicked and clicked through 15 more times until he came to an appropriate slide to continue with?  It is way better, in the little movie that plays in my head, in the latter version.  Much more substantial “horrified and distracted” reaction from the crowd that way.

    • SamSam says:

      True. I was wondering why someone would have a slide with a 4×4 grid of porn images on it myself.

    • tewsday says:

      I was wondering this, too.  How did he get through 16 images before somebody stopped him?  Was it a GIF?

      • bkad says:

         Possibly he was an inexpert powerpoint user. I have been to more presentations than I can count where the presenter doesn’t know how to go to previous slides, and several where the presenter does not know how to exit the presentation except by clicking all the way through to the end. Don’t forget how many computer skills you are taking for granted!

    • Symbiote says:

      I suspect he plugged in the memory stick, and the Windows “Autorun” thing saw a collection of images and automatically opened the image viewing program, with a 4×4 grid showing.

  8. Brainspore says:

    Stupid PowerPoint. I can never get those templates to work right either.

  9. Ben Ahmady says:

    @ChicagoD:disqus Northern Ireland is one of the four constituent countries of the “United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland”, but the demonym “British” is only applied to people living on “Great Britain” – which is comprised of Scotland, Wales and England only – whilst people living in NI are referred to as “Irish” because they live on the island of “Ireland”.

    • ChicagoD says:

      That’s funny. My Irish relatives in Chicago use the term “Irish” very differently.

    • arboreal says:

      There are both unionists and nationalists in Northern Ireland. Most of the nationalists that I know would identify as Irish rather than British.

    • noah django says:

       “A demonym ( /ˈdɛmənɪm/), also referred to as a gentilic, is a name for a resident of a locality. A demonym is usually – though not always – derived from the name of the locality;[1] thus, the demonym for the people of Britain is British, and the demonym for the people of Italy is Italian, yet the one used for the people of the Netherlands is Dutch… The term demonym is not widely employed or known outside geographical circles and does not yet appear in mainstream dictionaries.”–Wikipedia

      • Ben Ahmady says:

        I don’t know if you’re criticising me for being a pseud or complimenting me on my use of language?

        • noah django says:

           no animosity whatsoever.  i had to look it up, was pleased to find that I wasn’t (necessarily) a dumb-ass since it isn’t included in most dictionaries, and since i’d done the the legwork i copied it for everyone else.

          i like words.  (*≧▽≦)オハツでっす♪

    • shirley mcmillan says:

      This is incorrect. British can apply to those living in Northern Ireland as well. I am both British and Irish. I was born and live in NI, hold a British passport and live on the island of Ireland.

      • Ben Ahmady says:

        Just to be clear I’m certainly not making any kind of political statement here … According to Wikipedia’s article on the UK, the adjective “British” can indeed be applied to Northern Irish people in the context of citizenship.

      • Ben Ahmady says:

        I think we should invent the word “United Kingdomish” to clear up any confusion about demonyms/nationalities/citizenships.

        • Scott Conroy says:

          I think “United Kingdomish” would be a great book title!  Cory, does Ben get special thanks if you use it?

      • You don’t hold a British passport, you hold a passport for ‘The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland”. So you’re from the UK, but not from Britain, technically speaking, as Britain is the bits that aren’t Northern Ireland.

        I don’t care if you’re British either way, or what the dictionaries say, just wanted to point that out.

        • shirley mcmillan says:

          (This was a comment I tried to delete but I can’t delete it.)

        • shirley mcmillan says:

          Sorry you are wrong. Great Britain refers to the bits that aren’t NI, but Britain refers to all of the UK. And my passport states ‘Nationality: British’.

          • Ben Ahmady says:

            You’re right, Shirley: “British”, it seems, has indeed come to be used as an adjective – I don’t know about “demonym” ;) – to mean anyone from the UK. Meaning the UK and NI.

            Though it would make more sense to me if your passport stated your nationality as “Northern Irish/British” – but then I’m someone to whom it would make more sense if we had similar measures for the English, Welsh, and Scottish so that’s irrelevant.

        • Symbiote says:

          A passport for “The UK of GB and NI” is a British passport.  That’s exactly what British means!

    • Symbiote says:

      “Great Britain” is an island, with no political meaning itself.  People living on, say, Shetland or the Isle of Wight are also British (and quite likely Scottish and English, respectively), yet those are different islands.

      The “British Isles” includes all the islands — Great Britain, Ireland, Shetland, Wight, Man, etc, etc.  That’s also a geographic term.

      “British”, as people living in Europe use the word (i.e. usually politically), means “a citizen of the United Kingdom”, so includes most people born in Northern Ireland, England, Shetland etc.  However, it excludes those places that aren’t part of the UK — the Republic of Ireland and the Isle of Man.

      People from the Republic of Ireland are Irish.  People from the Isle of Man are Manx.  People from England are English.  People from Northern Ireland are Northern Irish.

      (Irish and British people are also EU citizens, but Manx people aren’t — the Isle of Man is not part of the EU.)

      • shirley mcmillan says:

        People from Northern Ireland can also call themselves Irish. We can also choose to have an Irish passport if we want.

  10. zeppo says:

    If that’s what he was doing on Palm Sunday, imagine what he was looking at on … Fap Tuesday.

  11. lorq says:

    Talk about the return of the repressed.  Puts me in mind of author John Crowley’s comments, on his blog, in relation to remarks by an advocate for the Catholic Church cited in the NY Times :

    ‘From NYTimes today, about Catholic Church attempts to embroil SNAP, a support group of those abused by priests, in legal complications:  The spokesman for a Catholic Church advocacy group:  

    “Mr. Donohue said leading bishops he knew had resolved to fight back more aggressively against the group: ‘The bishops have come together collectively. I can’t give you the names, but there’s a growing consensus on the part of the bishops that they had better toughen up and go out and buy some good lawyers to get tough. We don’t need altar boys.’”

    Well thank goodness for that.’

  12. eselqueso says:

    Maybe one of the slides was supposed to be of the body of Christ for the kiddiewinkies to commune with?

  13. duc chau says:

    Okay… let’s not sweep the whole “Palm Sunday” joke under the rug here. That’s quality material! It should be recognized as such.

    So, if you liked the joke, you can just give me a +1 Like to give it some love.

     (There prizes for Likes aren’t there?)

  14. noah django says:

    In my head, these images were put into his presentation by one of the altar boys that he touched.  We’ll never know, but how awesome would that be, eh?

  15. Arthur Delaney says:

    Attendees of the presentation were noticed gnashing their teeth and tearing their hair.

  16. chris jimson says:

    Well, at least he “shared” it,  in grade school I was taught “sharing is good.”

    So there’s that.

  17. aeroplane says:

    Well, at least it wasn’t child pornography.  Well done Catholics!  Let’s see if we can keep the next sex scandal within the law as well.

  18. timmaguire says:

    How many people make power point presentations of their porn? I’m going to bet $5.00 US that this turns out to be an instance of life imitating 80′s teen movies.

    • ChicagoD says:

      It would be a convenient way to carry it and view it.

    • Preston Sturges says:

      Nobody told him about Photo Viewer or Photo Gallery?  Did he want fancier transitions, or what? 

      • voiceinthedistance says:

        Yes, he may very well have a fancy for fancy transitions.  Perhaps 80′s evening news wipes and dissolves put the edge in his otherwise run of the mill homosexual fantasies. That puts the power in PowerPoint, just thinking about it.

  19. M S Stanley says:

    Did pictures of Bishop Brennan’s arse appear in the slideshow?

  20. SedanChair says:

    Somebody give this guy a potato.

  21. yri says:

    All these priests get such a bad rap – I knew an Irish Catholic priest who was perfectly normal; so much so, he was dating my sister-in-law. They had a perfectly healthy sex life.

    /irony off

    You know how creepy it is when you go to a family cookout and your sister’s date is a Catholic priest? Well, pretty darn.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      How did your brother feel about it?

    • wysinwyg says:

       Well he just has to confess, right?  “Forgive me brother (’cause he’s clergy) for I have sinned.  I’ve been engaged in a loving and successful sexual relationship with a wonderful young woman for several months.  We’d love to get married, in fact, but…well, you know.”

  22. therealitycheck says:

    Ten bucks says he did it on purpose, either to “burn his bridges” when coming out, or because this was the only way he could allow himself to resolve all the cognitive dissonance in his self-image.

  23. CSBD says:

    The first rule of Catholic Priest Gay Porn Club is:  You never talk about CPGPC.

    The second  rule of Catholic Priest Gay Porn Club is:  You never talk about CPGPC. 

    The third rule of Catholic Priest Gay Porn Club is: don’t show a room of parents your happy pix… it may horrify and or distract them

    • Preston Sturges says:

      Well Fight Club was clearly a metaphor for alienation, both social and sexual. He describes the smacking sounds of wet flesh, the yelling like speaking in tongues.  Because the story is about a guy who meets his perfect soul mate (Marla), but is so busy dissociating he does not recognize her, has to have out of body experiences to have sex with her. 

  24. $19428857 says:

    The priest was pwned. Even if they were his photos, there is no way to accidentally get the “wrong” pictures into  a Power Point presentation without someone deliberately  putting them into the presentation.  Somebody changed the slide for him. There is enough antipathy towards the Irish Catholic clergy that there would be plenty of motivation by someone to pull such a prank. The priest wouldn’t even have to be gay or a pedophile to attract the pwnage, as so many seem to assume that all Catholic priests are one or both. “Tain’t so, and this comes from an ex-Catholic, now Unitarian-Universalist whose minister is openly gay (and loving it).

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      If I were innocent, I would say something like What the fuck? or Most precious blood of the lamb! and try to figure out what happened.  His running out of the room without saying anything doesn’t support your theory.

  25. Neo says:

    “the Lord works in mysterious ways?”

  26. Felton / Moderator says:


  27. Sean Burns says:

    A gay Irish priest in New Delhi
    had the Lord’s Prayer tattooed on his belly.
    By the time that the Brahman
    had got to the amen
    He’d blown both salvation and Kelly.
    Michael O’Donoghue

  28. BBNinja says:

    You can’t catch me gay thoughts! :P /tomcruise

  29. Preston Sturges says:

    Creepiest AV club ever….

  30. ChicagoD says:

    I mean, really, have you ever been to any meeting not about gay porn in which gay porn was shown? I have not been, but I think it would distract me from the rest of the meeting.

    “Wait, did I just see porn? Am I in the right room?”

  31. John Hardin says:

    “a meeting for parents in preparation for First Holy Communion for their children at St. Mary’s School” so, yeah, why -would- you assume that everybody in the audience was a Christian, you awful bigot, you.

  32. Guest says:

     I blame it on Tyler Durden.

  33. John Hardin says:

    “have you ever been to any meeting not about gay porn” What is that you do for a living, exactly?

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