The headline on CNN read, Filipino priest reprimanded for Christmas Eve hoverboard stunt. At USA Today, it was Priest suspended for riding a hoverboard during Christmas Eve Mass.
The long and short of it is a priest in the Philippines was suspended for riding a hoverboard up an aisle during Christmas Eve Mass.
Comments on the Youtube video below argue that it was not a hoverboard. That's pretty much beside the point, however.
The Diocese of San Pablo, where the priest is located, has issued a statement, which said, in part:
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.
Three cheers for the Bishop in the Diocese of San Pablo. He were absolutely right in his suspension of the priest.
Thankfully, the priest has acknowledged that his action was wrong and has promised that it will not happen again.
Naturally, many people commenting on Facebook saw nothing wrong with the priest riding the hoverboard during Mass. As others have rightfully pointed out, anyone who does not have a problem with this does not have a proper understanding of the Catholic Mass and the Holy Eucharist.