If you only watch one clip of a priest hoverboarding at mass this year…
The internet (that thing that gives you videos of naked people) has been mesmerized of late by the bold hoverboard stylings of a priest from the Philippines that combined Christmas Eve mass with everyone’s favorite toy/injury machine. With a song in his heart and his vestments flowing through the air, this man of God rolled through the aisles to the delight of the over 100,000 people that liked it on Facebook. We understand why. It’s the sort of thing that inspires fun Vines and the like. Look! Here’s one now!
The hoverboarding priest may be a hit online, but the Diocese of San Pablo doesn’t think it’s a particularly cute or dignified way to approach a service. Rappler reports that the priest has been hit with a suspension for his smooth ridin’ sins. Heck, the diocese even issued a statement featuring the words “that was wrong.”
The Diocese of San Pablo wishes to address an issue involving one of its clergy. Last 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.
The Eucharist demands utmost respect and reverence. It is the Memorial of the Lord’s Sacrifice. It is the source and summit of Christian life. It is the Church’s highest form of worship. 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.
He would like to apologize for what happened.
The planet now waits for an apology from everyone else that’s used a hoverboard in 2015. Hop to it, guys.