Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

Video of priest slapping crying child during baptism sparks outrage online

Video of priest slapping crying child during baptism sparks outrage online

A Reddit user has posted a video showing a priest slapping a baby during a baptism. The clergyman then tells the child to: "calm down, calm down, you must calm down".

According to a Reddit user, the priest, speaking in French, can be heard saying, "Oh lala lala".

The footage depicts what looks like a standard christening with the priest trying to perform the religious ceremony on a crying baby.

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He then slaps the child on the cheek, loudly enough that the impact can be heard in the video, recorded from a couple of metres away.

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.

Newsweek reported that the priest says, in French, that the child is having a "tantrum" and that water must be poured on his head so he could become a "little Christian".

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It's not yet clear exactly where and when the incident captured in the video took place. Ohlalalala! I will scream louder than you.

Another person said: "If that video would end with the father giving the priest a very strong bitch slap it would be ideal". Added another: "A priest slaps my baby and I'm putting him on the cross".

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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