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The hoverboard craze has made its way into the church. Unfortunately for a priest in the Philippines, using the device  during a Christmas Eve sermon got him suspended.

Video of the unidentified priest swiftly rolling along at a church in Binan last Thursday (Dec. 24) went viral. It caught the attention of the Diocese of San Pablo. “That was wrong,” said the D of SP in a statement. “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.”

The diocese added that Church is for worshipping, not hoverboarding. “It is not a personal celebration where one can capriciously introduce something to get the attention of the people.”

The priest only used his hoverboard for a short time, “before the final blessing of the Christmas Eve Mass.” The video shows him singing with a mic in hand hoverboarding down the church aisle, and doing a little spin.

Hoverboards can be sneaky, as Mike Tyson  showed us. Some have been exploding, and they’re currently banned on UK streets.

Coincidentally, a bishop in Tennessee thinks they’re great. He implemented hoverboards  in a church performance recently. “I saw them how they were gliding. I said you know what? This would look nice as a praise dance,” said Bishop Brandon Porter.

The hoverboard praise dance video blew up on the Internet as well, scoring the church residual publicity for giving away close to $20,000 in Christmas toys.

According to Porter, “A church has to be relevant.”


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