Filipino priest reprimanded for Christmas Eve hoverboard stunt

A priest in the Philippines has been reprimanded by church leaders for his creative idea to get worshipers moving during a Christmas service: using a hoverboard.

On Christmas Eve, the priest, who hasn’t been named, used the toy to glide in and out of rows of churchgoers while singing a Christmas song in English and Tagalog, which was caught on camera and has since gone viral.

His parishioners seemed to enjoy the performance, with many taking photos and video.

His bosses, though, weren’t so pleased — he has been reprimanded by church leaders, who criticized his use of what might have been an early present.

“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,” said a statement from the diocese of San Pablo in Laguna, southeast of the capital Manila.

“That was wrong. The Eucharist demands utmost respect and reverence… Consequently, it is not a personal celebration where one can capriciously introduce something to get the attention of the people.”     What are your thoughts?

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