Sidelined Philippine priest ‘sorry’ after hoverboard Mass stunt

first_imgFaithInternationalLifestylePrint Sidelined Philippine priest ‘sorry’ after hoverboard Mass stunt by: Associated Free Press – December 30, 2015 200 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Tweet A screengrab from video footage of the priest riding a self-balancing electric scooter between packed pews. (Photo:, Philippines (AFP) – The Philippine Catholic Church has apologised after a priest was filmed riding a hoverboard in church while celebrating Christmas Eve Mass.In clips that have gone viral on YouTube and social media sites, a middle-aged man in a white cassock sings a Christmas song while riding a self-balancing electric scooter between packed pews.The diocese of San Pablo said the priest rode the hoverboard inside his Miraculous Medal church in the town of Binan, about 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of Manila, “as a way of greeting his parishioners”.“That was wrong. The Eucharist demands utmost respect and reverence… it is the Church’s highest form of worship,” the diocese said.Its statement was released to AFP on Wednesday by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, which named the priest as Father Albert San Jose. “Consequently, it is not a personal celebration where one can capriciously introduce something to get the attention of the people,” the statement added.“The priest said that it was a wake-up call for him; he acknowledged that his action was not right and promised that it will not happen again.“He will be out of the parish and will spend some time to reflect on this past event,” it said, adding the priest also offered an apology.The Philippines is a conservative bastion of the Catholic Church in Asia, the only state outside the Vatican to ban divorce. About 80 percent of its 100 million people are members of the faith.last_img read more

Dodgers swept for first time this season, drop 5th straight

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Dodgers’ offense fought back to make it close on Tuesday and Wednesday but made little headway against Diamondbacks starter Zack Greinke Thursday. He held them to four hits in six innings. Adrian Gonzalez drove in the Dodgers’ only run with an RBI double in the second inning.More to come on this story. PHOENIX >> The Dodgers were swept for the first time this season, losing 8-1 to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday afternoon at Chase Field.The sweep was the first of the Dodgers since they lost the last three games of the 2016 regular season to the San Francisco Giants. The loss also extended the Dodgers’ losing streak to five games, their longest since a six-game skid April 25-30, 2016.center_img Poor starting pitching has been to blame for this skid.Right-hander Kenta Maeda lasted only three innings Thursday and gave up multiple runs in each. The Diamondbacks roughed him up for seven runs on eight hits in that short time with six of the hits going for extra bases – four doubles plus home runs by Chris Iannetta and A.J. Pollock.In the three-game sweep by the Diamondbacks, the Dodgers’ three starting pitchers – Rich Hill, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Maeda – combined to allow 19 runs in 10-2/3 innings. The Diamondbacks hit .436 (24 for 55) against the trio with 14 extra-base hits (seven doubles, a triple and six home runs).last_img read more

Yankees’ Larry Rothschild takes the blame for team’s recent woes

first_img MLB trade news: Twins acquire reliever Sergio Romo from Marlins “It’s a matter of just continuing to dive in with each guy, where we can make small little adjustments, attacking the game plan in the best way possible,” manager Aaron Boone said. “Making sure we’re leaving no stone unturned as far as helping the guys make whatever little adjustments or subtle things that they need to change and also not overreacting to a bad week of baseball.”Sabathia said his poor start had everything to do with pitching too easily over the center of the plate and not cutting the corners properly. At 39, he says he should know better.James Paxton, who started Friday night and gave up seven runs, blamed his poor performance on making too many overall mistakes. MLB wrap: Blue Jays top Rays with walkoff home run from Teoscar Hernandez Larry Rothschild is shouldering the blame for the Yankees’ recent struggles.The team’s pitching coach said it was his fault the Yankees have lost three in a row, which included Saturday’s 9-5 loss to the Red Sox. MLB trade rumors: Dodgers considering pursuit of Blue Jays’ Marcus Stroman It hasn’t been just Sabathia and Green who haven’t been up to par. Over their past seven games, Yankees starters have a collective 16.62 ERA and have given up seven runs in seven games.“It’s not just one thing,” Rothschild said. ‘This doesn’t happen from just one thing. It’s different things from different guys but first-pitch strikes and things like that haven’t been good.”With each individual, you go by what you’ve seen and what needs to get corrected. We talk about it. If it’s something mechanical, pitch-wise, grip-wise — whatever — we do it in the bullpen and try to correct it there.”The Yankees were one of the hottest teams in the league and still are eight games ahead of the Red Sox in the AL East for the first-place spot with a 66-38 record. However, the loss to Boston pulled the Red Sox ahead of the Rays for second place in the AL East. “It’s been really tough,” Rothschild said, via “It’s been tough on them, tough on the team. But it’s my responsibility to get it right.”On Saturday, it was CC Sabathia who didn’t play well as he allowed five runs in 4 1/3 innings at Fenway Park. His reliever, Chad Green, didn’t fare much better — he allowed four runs in 2 1/3 innings. Related Newslast_img read more

Minneapolis man arrested, two officers injured after Floyd County high speed chase

first_imgCHARLES CITY — A Minneapolis man is under arrest after a high-speed chase that started in Floyd County results in two law enforcement officers being injured.The Floyd County Sheriff’s Department says they received a report at about 10:51 Tuesday night of a reckless driver traveling eastbound toward Floyd County on the Avenue of the Saints near the 190 mile marker in Cerro Gordo County. A deputy located the vehicle near the 208 mile marker and clocked the vehicle at 100 miles per hour, with speeds even higher recorded during a pursuit.The suspect vehicle attempted to make a turn on to Waterbury Road, lost control and went through a ditch, coming to a stop in a farm field before a foot chase ensued.20-year-old Leonard Lewis of Minneapolis was arrested and faces charges including felony eluding and two counts of interference with official acts.About an hour later, a resident in the 1800 block of Cedar View Road called, saying a suspicious person was knocking on their door.Deputies responded and located a male juvenile who was confirmed to be a passenger in the vehicle.last_img read more