Video of priest slapping crying child during baptism sparks outrage online

Priest loses temper & slaps toddler during baptism

Short-Tempered Priest Slaps Toddler

"Calm down, calm down, you must calm down", the priest says in French.

In footage posted on Reddit earlier this week, the elderly priest can be seen speaking to the infant, who is being held in the arms of a woman, believed to be the mother.

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

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The person filming the ceremony is heard gasping as a man suspected to be the father tries to wrestle his baby from the priest.

The 40-second video has sparked outrage across social media with one user saying: "I probably would have slapped the dude myself".

At a point however, the priest, visibly annoyed, had had enough, and held the baby's face in his hands, looked it in the eyes and slaps it hard on the cheek with his left hand.

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The video has gone viral, and leaving viewers understandably upset.

One user translated the footage into English and claimed the priest was explaining he would pour water on the child's forehead, saying: "He'll have become a little Christian".

Eventually, the man standing behind her snatches the baby away from the priest. As a priest you are suppose to insure safety and peace but yet you slap my child!

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No further details have been revealed about the family or whether or not the parents pressed charges for the priest's actions, nor has any representative from the Catholic Church released a statement regarding the priests behaviour.

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