A priest in the Philippines has been suspended from the Diocese of San Pablo after a video of him riding a hoverboard during Mass went viral. Sound crazy? Here's the video:
The video was originally posted to Facebook by a local radio station and quickly caught everyone's eye. It's been shared more than 14 million times on Facebook alone, much to the chagrin of the diocese, who said in a statement:
“That was wrong. 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. ... 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 also noted that the incident served as a wake-up call for the priest, noting "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."
What makes the case more interesting is that hoverboards could be banned in the country thanks to their much-noted safety concerns.