Filipino priest grounded by Church for gliding on hoverboard during mass (VIDEO)
Hoverboards were trending as a must-have item this Christmas, but a priest in the Philippines found himself in hot water with the Church after demonstrating the use of one during mass.
A video, which has racked up over fourteen million views in three days, shows Father Albert San Jose from the Philippines Diocese of San Pablo standing on a hoverboard while singing during a Christmas Eve mass at the Lady of Miraculous Medal church in Biñan town.
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While the parishioners seemed to enjoy the rather unorthodox approach, the stunt did not go down well with the priest’s bishop.
“That was wrong,” the archdiocese said in a statement released on Tuesday. “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.”
My priest rolled out of mass today on a hover board— Clarissa Jolley (@crjolley18) December 27, 2015
I just saw an fb vid of a priest holding service on a hoverboard, I'm ready for 2015 to be done— Daniela (@DemocratDaniela) December 27, 2015
“It is not a personal celebration where one can capriciously introduce something to get the attention of the people,” the statement adds.
The archdiocese has also confirmed that Father San Jose has been temporarily removed from his duties at the parish, so that he can “spend some time to reflect on this past event.”
Priest Has To Repent For Riding Hoverboard -- During Midnight Mass https://t.co/6BpnCkZADa via @nbcnews— Corky Siemaszko (@csiemaszko) December 29, 2015
Father San Jose has apologized for the incident, describing it as “a wake-up call” and promising it “will not happen again.”
Social media has been divided on the issue, with some people failing to find anything wrong with a priest preaching from a hoverboard, while others argued that the stunt was distracting the parishioners from the very essence of mass, as well as providing an unnecessary display of wealth.
So why is it bad for a Priest to use a hoverboard? Am I missing something?— Ish (@ishfillet) December 30, 2015
Ride hoverboard at mass-get suspended. Molest children-get moved to another church. #Prioritieshttps://t.co/zj8jvJ8i8q via @someecards— Jan Dorr (@JantasticMe76) December 29, 2015
A Priest with his hoverboard while celebrating a mass WTF— Glicerio N Candido (@mrCaptcharisma) December 27, 2015
A Priest using a "hoverboard" during Mass? St. Joseph of Cupertino is not impressed. pic.twitter.com/wUddn388mb— Tommy Tighe (@theghissilent) December 29, 2015
The rest simply wondered why on earth someone would use a hoverboard in a church.
But why would a priest decide to ride hoverboard. During mass 😂— George cares (@GEORGESKETCH) December 29, 2015
Wow In church of all places #HoverBoard "@pzf:This is why this priest was just suspended https://t.co/Bl3SPUyc3c pic.twitter.com/f4ULRVWdJM"— and the livin's easy (@madamyez) December 30, 2015