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Priest rides "hoverboard" to gain converts

Post by Original Quill on Wed Dec 30, 2015 7:15 pm



NPR wrote:A Catholic priest who rode a "hoverboard" scooter during Christmas Eve Mass in the Philippines has fallen afoul of his diocese, which suspended Father Albert San Jose for attempting "to get the attention of the people" in a personal manner. The priest has apologized for the incident, which was recorded.

San Jose became something of a viral hit after video was posted online of him riding a self-balancing flat scooter through the aisles, singing "May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You" to the congregation, which applauded his performance at the church in Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Parish in Biñan, south of Manila.

But the Diocese of San Pablo did not approve of the priest's use of a scooter, saying, "That was wrong."

The diocese's statement focused on the requirements of celebrating Mass — not the potential safety hazards posed by hoverboard scooters that recently led major U.S. airlines to ban the devices.

"The Eucharist demands utmost respect and reverence," the diocese wrote in a statement this week. "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."

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