Shocking footage shows a Catholic priest violently slapping a baby in the face during a baptism to stop it crying.
The bawling baby is being held by its mother when the elderly priest takes a grip of its head with his hand. The French-speaking priest is heard saying it’s a ‘tantrum’ and that he will pour water on his head so he will become a ‘little Christian’.
He repeatedly says ‘calm down’ before suddenly slapping the baby hard in the face. The person filming the ceremony is heard gasping as the father tries to wrestle his baby away from the priest. Stunned witnesses say ‘he’s afraid’ and tell the priest to let go.
The father struggles for a few seconds with the priest who refuses to let go and puts his hand over its face to muffle the cries.
The Catholic priest says ‘calm down’ before slapping the ‘crying baby’ (Picture: DRN)
The dad tries to wrestle the baby away but the priest refuses to let go (Picture: DRN)
He manages to rescue the child and glares at the priest before the footage cuts out. The disturbing video has been circulated on social media, but it is still unclear where it was filmed. Viewers were appalled by the scenes.
Emily MacDonald wrote: ‘He wasn’t a man of God. Wouldn’t want him christening my child.’ David Sylvia said: ‘God forgive me, the priest was getting kicked up and down the chapel like a football if that was my child.’ Prissy Smith added: ‘I would have put the priest’s head in the fountain.’