The Diocese explains that “The Eucharist demands utmost respect and reverence,” and they didn’t feel that this was done through the use of a Hoverboard.
Father San Jose has taken the suspension as a time to reflect on his choice and has admitted to being remorseful.
As it was the priest was just trying to gain the people’s attention in a creative way.
And a creative way it was! But unfortunately, the Diocese did not see his innovative method as something to emulate or applaud.
So I ask, what is the line between creativity and disrespect when it comes to worship?
Technology has become and will continue to be a big part of our day to day lives; it is only normal to use it in a way that enhances the way we live.
Bibles are now in digital form, and there’s even an app out there for Catholic confession (I have it, and I use it). I have even seen people follow the order of the Mass in their tablets, thus allowing technology to help their worship experience.
I don’t see where a priest using a Hoverboard to walk around and sing to the congregation was disrespectful or took away from the service. He was using modern technology to reach to the younger generation while bringing the word of God to them.
Could it have been distracting to some? Could it have made some raise their eyebrows in disapproval? Sure but so is the baby that cries non-stop, the cough spells from the lady three pews down and the sounds from the cell phones of those people who forget to turn them off or leave them in their cars before Mass begins.
But that’s life! We can’t ban those with babies or a common cold from coming, and we definitely cannot force people to leave their cellphones in the car before they come to church. We just adapt to the situation and keep going. I don’t see why the priest needed to be suspended.
Apparently, he made a big impression on people worldwide; Mass attendance will go up (at least for a while) in his parish, and young people will probably look at him as someone whom they can talk to and relate. All sound and positive outcomes.