A priest in the Philippines is in trouble after a video showing him singing a Christmas song while riding a hoverboard during Mass has gone viral.
A video of the Priest riding Hoverboard posted on Facebook on Dec. 26 had more than 14 million views as of Tuesday. Hoverboards have led to dozens of injuries and now it has landed a Catholic man of God in hot water. Several parishioners are seen cheering and clapping in the video as the man of God rolls around the nave like a pro.
But the Diocese of San Pablo, Laguna, condemned the actions on Tuesday, saying, “That was wrong,” according to a report by Rappler, a Philippines-based news website. According to a statement from the diocese, the priest, who has not been identified, sang a Christmas song while riding the hoverboard around the church as a way of greeting his parishioners during the Christmas Eve Mass.
“[The Mass] is the Church’s highest form of worship,” the diocese said. “Consequently, it is not a personal celebration where one can capriciously introduce something to get the attention of the people.” The diocese indicated that the man of god was suspended, saying, “He will be out of the parish and will spend some time to reflect on this past event.”
“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,” the statement said.
Do you think the priest went (h)overboard?