A family was shocked when a priest slapped their baby across the face when he wouldn’t stop crying during his baptism.
In a 43-second YouTube video originally shared to Reddit a toddler, held by a woman who appears to be his mother, begins crying as a French speaking priest attempts to baptise him.
Footage shows the priest quickly losing his patience with the child but things escalate when the child becomes increasingly distraught – prompting the priest to tell the crying toddler to calm down before slapping the child on the face.
The parents or god-parents of the child look to be in disbelief as the priest begins to pull the child close to him once again.
The woman holding the child begins to pull away from the priest, while a church official attempts to step in and stop the priest from going further.
Finally, the man believed to be the child’s father interjects, and removes the child from the situation before the video cuts out.
The video has gone viral, and leaving viewers understandably upset.
“I don’t care if you’re a pastor, priest or one of Jesus 12 disciples,” one angry viewer tweeted. “If. You. Slap. My Child. I’mma show you that these hands can do more than show you that I’m praying [sic].”
Another wrote, “This never okay! As a priest you are suppose to insure safety and peace but yet you slap my child! If this ever happens to my child, best believe there’s gonna a lot more then just slapping happening to his face.”
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.