A viral video that did not name the Priest showed him masterfully roving the chapel aisles while speaking into a microphone. You might think that the Priest would be heralded for his creative thinking and pretty good balance, too. Unfortunately for this Catholic Priest, hover-boards are not popular with The Diocese of San Pablo in the Philippines, which announced today (RNS) that the pastor was suspended from performing Mass, the church’s “highest form of worship.”
In what seemed a timely parody, a video of Boxer Mike Tyson is now circulating the web. Tyson may be a 19-time Knock Out champion, but if his hover-boarding is vs the Priest, Tyson is the one who “hits the mat.” Maybe Jamie Foxx should brush up on his hover-boarding before portraying the boxer in an upcoming biopic.
In stark contrast to the attention grabbing, hover-boarding Priest, a recent Op Ed called the majority of church services “boring” and part of the reason that people are choosing to hear the message elsewhere, like via online broadcasts of innovative ministries.
Allegedly, the hover-board is increasingly earning a reputation as being one of the most dangerous gifts for kids despite its popularity – but the priest is no toddler. Then, there is a growing concern that the device may catch fire – which is probably a result of overuse allowing the unit to overheat without rest – but, there were no sparks flying at the Tuesday Mass. Finally, the hover-board is partly condemned for “inducing nasty spills” – but the Priest seemed to be in the driver’s “hover” without losing control.
The Priest’s robe did not trip him up, nor did he have any collisions with sitting parishioners. While those in attendance at the Mass seemed intrigued, were at times clapping, and literally followed the Priest with their eyes all around the church, there did not seem to be a single napping soul in the building.
According to the local diocese, Mass is “not a personal celebration where one can capriciously introduce something to get the attention of the people.” You cannot change the Word – that would definitely be rebuked. You cannot change the Pastor’s garb – as some Vicars did in Berlin, who were called a disgrace (despite the high attendance). What can you do to engage the faithful?
Because the church is too strict and not open to entering the twenty-first century before it turns twenty-two, now there is an innovative, good-willing, devoted Priest who is instead of watching the church grow, apologizing for having an idea and “reflecting (negatively) on this past event.” Oh well, it is a common thread throughout history that people with ideas are often squelched for their forward thinking.
When it is finally researched how many hours pastors spend standing and traversing, that hover-boards could help ease fatigue; and that fewer people will be sleeping in church, the Philippine Pastor will likely not be the only person using the device in a service. Airports use them to reduce fatigue and travel time for security and other personnel.
Here’s an idea, maybe the Priest should inform the Diocese that technically, he was not riding a hover-board because true hover-boards do not have wheels… hmmm… maybe not.