The good Lord may have saved him from wiping out on his new hoverboard, but one priest in the Philippines couldn’t be saved from a suspension at the hands of the Diocese of San Pablo after he used a hoverboard during Christmas Eve Mass.
The diocese announced the suspension on Tuesday, according to Rappler. It did not publicly name the priest.
The incident, which happened before the final blessing, was all captured on video.
In a statement, the diocese said the priest “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.”
It also described the incident as “a wake up call for him.”
“He acknowledged that his action was not right and promised that it will not happen again,” the diocese said in its statement.
In announcing the suspension, the diocese said the priest failed to realize that the Mass is the church’s highest form of worship.
“It is not a personal celebration where one can capriciously introduce something to get the attention of the people,” the diocese said.
In the priest’s defense, at least he didn’t get the attention of his flock by doing this: