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Welcome to the 21st century, where we have drones and people are only beginning to explore their potential applications.
So it was that the São Geraldo Magela church in Sorocaba, Brazil recently used a drone to deliver a monstrance to a priest. The drone flies in, and with a little assistance, makes it to the priest, who places it on the altar. For what it’s worth, the crowd loved it, as you can see from the video:
Since this video has made the rounds, it’s caused a stir, with one blogger at the Catholic Herald calling it “sacrilegious silliness.”
Now, despite being an atheist, I do have an extremely conservative sense of aesthetics, and am extremely conservative when it comes to Catholicism. So I can understand why people would get worked up about this.
That being said, I can see how doing this could be justified, and I don’t know as if it’s particularly blasphemous or anything. It’s certainly novel, but novel isn’t always bad. And old institutions have ways to make compromises with modernity.
So what does everyone think of this? Is there room for drones in church services? Or is this just gimmicky nonsense? And does that make it bad? And is using a drone like this to carry a monstrance sacrilegious?