Priest’s hoverboard stunt draws wrath of the church
An unnamed Catholic priest who glided around a church in the Philippines on a hoverboard has been taken to task and suspended for staging the stunt during a Christmas Eve mass.
According to this report, a statement from the Diocese of San Pablo, Laguna, read:
December 24, 2015, before the final blessing of the Christmas eve mass, as a way of greeting his parishioners, the priest sang a Christmas song, while going around the nave standing on a hoverboard. That was wrong.
It added that the Eucharist, or Holy Communion, was a time for:
The utmost respect and reverence. Consequently, it is not a personal celebration where one can capriciously introduce something to get the attention of the people.
The priest said that it was a wake-up call for him; he acknowledged that his action was not right and promised that it will not happen again. He will be out of the parish and will spend some time to reflect on this past event.
The BBC added that a video of the stunt posted on the Facebook page of traditionalist Catholic group Novus Ordo was widely shared, but drew a mixed reaction.
Said Scott LaLonde:
Complete and total disrespect not only for the Lord but also for the salvation of all those poor souls. To top it off he couldn’t even sing.
Filipino Catholic Romy Vicente said the incident was:
Ridiculous. How can you meditate if you see this happening inside the church where holy mass is going on?
Other users showed support for the priest and applauded his “fun spirit”.
Said Rob Trainor from Canada:
This is actually fun. I am Roman Catholic but not a practising one that attends Mass regularly. If there were more priests like this one, I may be tempted to return to mass. If people keep calling for traditions, you will lose even the most ardent Catholics.
Another Facebook user Mark Lewis commented:
Doing a sermon from a hoverboard was a great way to show how Catholic church is making strides in entering the new era.
Hat tip: Ivan Bailey