Video Shows Priest Slap Baby During Baptism

23 June, 2018, 08:17 | Author: Edward Snyder
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However, this appears to only make the baby more irritable and infant is seen struggling to get away.

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". The man successfully gains possession of the child moments before the 43-second video ends.

The baby's parents, visibly shocked, eventually manage to extricate the child from the priest's grip during the ceremony in Champeaux, about 50 kilometres (30 miles) southeast of Paris.

The video first gained attention after a Reddit user posted the clip in a subreddit with the title "This happened today in France, I'm really shocked".

As the child continues to cry he can reportedly be heard saying: "Oh lala lala".

"I don't care if you're a pastor, priest or one of Jesus 12 disciples", one angry viewer tweeted. "If. You. Calm down. Calm down".

Added another: "A priest slaps my baby and I'm putting him on the cross".




Internet users are confused, anxious and appalled at the priest's actions, with one person writing, "That was uncalled for".

The disturbing video has been circulated on social media, but it is still unclear where it was filmed.

"And yet another reason why I'm not bringing up my kids as Catholics", wrote a Reddit user.

The father then pulls the child away.

"He does not slap the baby, the hand just bounces with a touch, not a slap force", another claimed.

Orthodox baptisms are usually done "forcefully" but many online commentators have criticised the priest's rather rough approach.

She then tries to take the child back, but the priest appears to hold the child tighter, with the mum telling him to "Let go, no, no, let go".

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