The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., has bought a drone.
You read that right: A drone.
According to a recent report in the Washington Post, the archdiocese paid less than $1,000 for the "hubcap-sized flying device." It was pressed into action on Mother's Day to videotape priests, Knights of Columbus and other Catholics marching in a procession to mark the canonization to sainthood of popes John the 23rd and John Paul II.
The video images from the drone-mounted camera were used by the archdiocese -- led by Cardinal Donald Wuerl -- for a YouTube production, the newspaper said.
The Observer asked David Hains, spokesman for Charlotte Bishop Peter Jugis, if the local Catholic diocese has a drone.
His answer, which may or may not have been serious: "We don't have a drone. But I have been dying to get one. Thanks for the good idea."
The Post said drones are becoming increasingly common for non-military use. Like for social media.
If any religious groups in Charlotte have a drone, the Observer would love to know. Call (704-358-5703) or email (email@example.com) me. Or just drop me a letter from the sky, courtesy of your drone.
Great headline for the Post story, by the way: "Washington Archdiocese takes to the heavens, with a drone."
-- Tim Funk
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Posted by Tim Funk at 7:00 AM