French Priest captured slapping a crying baby across the face during baptism

French Priest captured slapping a crying baby across the face during baptism

French Priest captured slapping a crying baby across the face during baptism

The video clip shows a French priest attempting to comfort a crying baby at a baptism ceremony.

His aggression prompts an immediate reaction as the baby cries more loudly.

The priest won't let go, however, as he holds the stunned baby to his chest, with his hand over the baby's face to muffle the howls.

The shocked congregation can be heard to gasp at the strike from the priest and the scene that was unravelling in front of them.

The video, which was also posted on YouTube, has a French title that translates to "A priest slaps an infant during his baptism". At first the elderly clergyman calls the situation a "tantrum".

"I'm going to put water on the forehead, and after I'll embrace the young fellow".

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"And then, I'll kiss the little kid - because he'll have become a little Christian". I'll scream louder than you, OK? "So, calm down. Calm down".

When the inconsolable baby continues to wail, the visibly agitated priest strikes him with enough force to make an sound.

Attempting to console the child, the priest grabs the child's face and tells him to "calm down".

The child would not relent and the cleric began saying, "Calm down, calm down, you must calm down". You will calm down.

Eventually, the man believed to be the boy's father, yanks the boy away as the video cuts out.

Internet users are confused, anxious and appalled at the priest's actions, with one person writing, "That was uncalled for".

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