A shocking moment when a priest slapped a crying baby during a baptism because the child would not quiet down has gone viral on social media.
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In the video posted to YouTube, a woman holding the baby was standing next to the priest as he talked during the ceremony. The child cried continuously throughout the speech and did not quiet down even when the priest himself pressed the baby against his chest in an attempt to calm him down. The priest can also be heard saying, “Calm down, calm down, you must calm down.”
A few seconds later, the priest gets visibly frustrated and raises his hand to slap the baby. A woman jumps in and gets the baby out of the priests grip. The baby’s father eventually manages to take his child away.
The incident seems to have taken place in France. A video of the interaction was posted on YouTube with the title (translated) reading, ‘A priest slaps a baby during his baptism’.
The video has been viewed more than 2 million times since it was posted on June 20, and many people took to the comment below to share their thoughts on the priest’s actions.
“I would have knocked the demons out of that priest! (sic),” one angry viewer wrote
“I want to know what happened when they stopped filming, poor baby (sic),” another said.
“I am amazed by the parents composure. I would have gone off on this old sadistic pos. Or maybe the dad did when the camera quit. The catholic church tolerates a lot of their priests, but this,” another amazed viewer wrote.
“I want to know what happened after this so badly,” one viewer mused.
“JAIL. NOW,” another one simply said.
“Yes. Slap the infant’s head. That’ll stop the crying,” wrote another viewer, pointing out the logical inconsistencies in the priests actions.
Another viewer pointed out that the priest’s actions might have been making the child cry in the first place, “First of all, he’s holding his head, and he looks uncomfortable. No wonder he’s all fussy like that. Second, there was no reason to slap a child like that. No reason. When the parent tries to grab their child, you do not want to give up, unless the parent is a threat to the child.”
There is no word yet about whether any action was taken against the priest.
Watch the full video of the shocking exchange below: