Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Catholic priest slaps infant across the face before baptizing him

Catholic priest slaps infant across the face before baptizing him

Having seen enough, a man thought to be the child's father steps in and tries to remove him from the situation - only for the priest to grip the boy by his neck.

The clip shows the baby being held in a woman's arms as she stood beside another woman and man beside a baptismal font in a church. I will spill water on the forehead, hmm?

It goes on to show the priest, clearly annoyed by the baby's crying, grab the child's head on several occasions before eventually slapping the child in an attempt to calm it down.

"And then, I'll kiss the little kid - because he'll have become a little Christian".

But when the crying doesn't stop, the priest seems to grow frustrated and slaps the baby in the face. I'll scream louder than you, OK?

He grows frustrated and slaps the baby in his face.

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Onlookers, clearly appalled by what they've just seen can be heard saying, "Sir we don't hit him" and "Isn't this forbidden?"

A baby's relatives were forced to wrestle the child away from a French priest who slapped it during baptism.

However, not quite enjoying the ceremony, the baby suddenly began crying out loudly.

"There, you have to calm yourself, you have to calm yourself, there, there", he said.

Stunned witnesses say "he's afraid" and tell the priest to let go.

People on YouTube took to the comments section to express their disapproval of the priest's behavior.

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