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A Skateboarding Priest? Now I’ve Really Seen Everything!

What can I say? The padre can totally shred, brah. Forget about Bones Brigade. This guy is coming with the Salvation Brigade. Dig on that.

Little did I know when I peeled myself off the bathroom floor this morning that my first two posts would be Catholic Priest-related. Sure, sites which are dedicated to exorcisms or pederasty might see this happen quite a bit, but not a sports blog, that’s for sure.

Anyhoo, the above video is one Reverend Zoltan Lendva, a Hungarian Catholic priest. Lendva believes that thrashin’ could be a great way to attract young people to the church. Via Reuters/Yahoo!:

Lendvai says he follows the ways of Saint John Bosco, an Italian priest and educator in the 19th century who dedicated his life to improving the lot of poor youngsters and used games as part of their education.

“Many times I have felt that this is the way I can bring many people a bit closer to Jesus,” he told Reuters.

He learned the skills of skateboarding at the age of 14 at school but it was only later, when he served as a priest in the town of Kormend in northwest Hungary, that he realized the impact his skill could have on youngsters.

He said three boys aged between 16 and 18 who had never attended church before started coming regularly after he showed them a few skateboard tricks.

Three boys? Score. I bet it was a happy day at that particular parish. And no, I’m not implying what you think I am implying. My guess is Reverend Lendvai is one of the good ones.

Skateboarding priest becomes YouTube hit [Yahoo!/Reuters]