Catholic priest slaps baby during Christening

Catholic priest slaps baby during Christening

A Reddit user has posted a video showing a priest slapping a baby during a baptism.

As it carries on crying the priest says: 'Calm down, calm down, you must calm down'.

According to the poster, the baby starts crying and the priest points and says: "This is called a tantrum".

The child's relatives still appear to be smiling as the priest brings the baby's head towards his, but the baby reacts badly and flails its right arm towards the woman.

The ceremony, which is taking place in French, appears to show the child getting more distressed and seemingly annoying the priest. The man successfully gains possession of the child moments before the 43-second video ends.

It's unclear whether the priest has been charged or if further action was taken by the child's parents.

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

The video has already been viewed over a million times on YouTube.

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".

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

He then unleashes a sharp slap against the baby's cheek, shocking those sat in the church, who can be heard to gasp. "If I was the mother of that baby I wouldn't hesitate to push or slap the damn priest back".

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