How to help: Northern California wildfire relief

Priest suspended for using hoverboard during Christmas Eve Mass

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

A priest in the Philippines is in trouble after using a hoverboard during Christmas Eve mass.

“That was wrong,” the Diocese of San Pablo, Laguna, said in a statement.

“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,” the Diocese of San Pablo said.

The Diocese continued: “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 Diocese said the incident happened on Christmas Eve and that “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.”

In its statement, the Diocese of San Pablo added, “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 diocese said.