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Priest’s hoverboard stunt draws wrath of the church

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

16 responses to “Priest’s hoverboard stunt draws wrath of the church”

  1. AgentCormac says:

    Doing a sermon from a hoverboard was a great way to show how Catholic church is making strides in entering the new era.

    Makes a change from entering new choirboys.

  2. Broga says:

    The priest was bored from repeating meaningless formulaic nonsense. He was desperate for a distraction – same as the flock.

  3. Matthew Carr says:

    Does this mean the wheel is invented and not just a “theory”?

  4. ZombieHunter says:

    It’s not a hoverboard and until somebody invents a board that actually hovers off the ground and has no wheels then they still haven’t been invented.

  5. lucy1 says:

    he was suspended for that..unlike priests who do other things and are allowed to continue….

  6. AgentCormac says:

    I knew the floating priest reminded me of something. (Watch until the end.)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SfHKR_7NjM

  7. Cali Ron says:

    @ZombieHunter: Exactly! The companies making these devices should be forced to cease and desist calling them hoverboards until they actually “HOVER”.

    @lucy1: Well if he had only had sex on the holy church grounds with children it wouldn’t be such a big deal to the RCC, but hoverboarding on holy church ground is just so disrespectful. The pope gets his priorities straight from god so now we know what really offends god the most, hoverboarding, pedophilia not so much.

  8. Bill says:

    Probably stole it from a kid he just buggered.

  9. Vanity Unfair says:

    To ZombieHunter:
    This one looks real and the theory is sound.
    http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2015/12/too-late-for-christmas-but-at-least-this-hoverboard-hovers/

  10. Angela_K says:

    Publicity stunt to try and make the church appeal to young perhaps?

    I agree these are not hover-boards. After attending a lecture by Prof Eric Laithwaite who is credited with the idea of magnetic levitation, we decided in our University lab to make a short section of aluminium track with a linear motor we had made attached to a small board. It was difficult to balance but we did hover over a length of about 3m. We had fun in the 1970’s.

  11. Peterat says:

    http://www.segway.com/

    Not a hoverboard, no rising from the dead, no levitation. Just a segway under his cloak. Just another cheesy trick to fool the already credulous!

  12. Cali Ron says:

    @Vanity Unfair: Well it does hover, but it’s more of a hover box than a board. I’m still waiting for the personal jet pack to be developed. We can send a man to the moon, but…..

  13. 1859 says:

    Now had I been the said priest I would have had my vestments made a tiny bit longer to hide the wheels. Then I would have announced I was going to perform a ‘miracle’that would allow me to glide about the church – this would have converted the doubters!

  14. Robster says:

    Referring to the small wheeled device the priestly person was fooling around with as a “hoverboard”is as dodgy as the infamous Catholic stuff they excrete in the church facilities. It’s got wheels and does not hover. Can’t ever trust them.

  15. dennis says:

    no Fire just the Brimstone, Rats, I wanted the whole show!