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WATCH: Priest suspended for riding hoverboard during Christmas Eve mass

Published 30/12/2015 | 09:20

A Catholic priest has been suspended after he conducted mass on a hoverboard on Christmas Eve.

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The priest was filmed riding the hoverboard with wheels up and down the aisle as he welcomed the congregation to mass in the diocese of San Pablo in Laguna in the Philippines.

The Catholic Church was not impressed. In a statement issued on the diocese Facebook page they said it was " wrong" for him to sing a Christmas song while travelling around the nave on a hoverboard.

The full statement reads:

Last December 24, 2015, 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.

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 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.

Father Albert San Jose's actions, however, were not condemned by everyone in the congregation.

While some were happy he was suspended, others said the Church needed to do more to attract young people to mass.

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