How can he tend to the needs of his parishioners suspended in mid air? Is this a dog collar wearing version of Steve Fosset? Well, I can guess where it all went pear shaped;
"In addition to being an experienced sky diver he also had a floatable seat and a parachute with him."
i am about to spot the flaw in the plan here: It didn't say if he was a good swimmer though...
You know what he forgot to take with him? His bible of course. If he really believed in the power of prayer he wouldn't have felt the need for a parachute either.
I think this was just God's way to tell him to stop clowning around. I can just hear Him say:
"If I wanted you to fly I would have given you wings and not party balloons"