Last week in the Philippines, a priest was suspended for riding a hoverboard during his performance in the holy church. Through the social media, it created a criticism storm that he shouldn’t ride this kind of toy because a church is a holy place and as such deserves more respect.
Basically, kids ride hoverboards around their neighborhoods and sometimes adult folks also try it because of curiosity but after watching this video on Facebook, the Diocese of San Pablo from Laguna Province gave a statement saying “That was wrong,” and also added that “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.”
In addition to this statement, it was also announced that the priest was temporarily removed from the parish so that he can “reflect on this past event,” which the Diocese described as “going around the nave standing on a hoverboard.” It is clear that no one should witness or even support this kind of attitude from a priest.