A Philippine Catholic priest has been suspended for using a hoverboard in the Mass, on 26th December (Christmas Vigil). He rode on it while leading a famous Christmas song before the final blessings.
In a statement the diocese said that his action, “a way of greeting his parishioners", 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. The Diocese further cleared that the Mass Celebration is purely Holy and of God not meant for any personal show-off.
“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 apologise for what happened."
While some comments on social media have been critical of the priest’s behaviour, others have seen nothing wrong with it.