Video shows priest slap baby during baptism

Elias Hubbard
June 21, 2018

Video has appeared online of a priest losing his temper and slapping a baby during the baby's baptism.

. The date and exact location of the incident remains unclear.

It is not known when the footage was filmed but it was captured in a church where the ceremony was conducted in French. The footage shows the scared baby crying when the clergyman started talking.

But when the crying doesn't stop, the priest seems to grow frustrated and slaps the baby in the face.

While hitting the child, the priest uttered the words "calm down".

A woman can be heard saying something to the priest before the man has to physically remove the baby from the priest's arms. I will spill water on the forehead, hmm?

The priest got irritated and was speaking loudly, in a bid to raise his voice over the screams. "So, calm down. Calm down".

The parents are visibly shocked by the slap and try to pull the baby away from the priest.

His aggression prompts an immediate reaction as the baby cries more loudly, its relatives look shocked and another woman comes over to try to calm the situation by putting her hand on the clergyman's chest as if to hold him back.

The child would not relent and the cleric began saying, "Calm down, calm down, you must calm down". Dozens of comments have been left below the original video expressing dismay at the priest's actions.

The video was also posted on Reddit, with one user writing: "This happened today in France, I'm really shocked".

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