Priest slaps baby because it won’t stop crying during baptism

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A video of a Catholic priest slapping a crying baby in the face during a baptism has surfaced online.

At first, the 43-second video clip shows the priest, who is speaking French, attempting to comfort the crying baby.

However, not quite enjoying the ceremony, the baby suddenly began crying out loudly.

Finally, the man believed to be the child's father interjects, and removes the child from the situation before the video cuts out.

In the disturbing video, the priest loses his patience with the child and holds his face close to him next to a baptismal font.

An onlooker can be heard gasping, as the priest then raises his voice at the boy and places his hand over his mouth in an attempt to muffle the cries.

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Eventually, the priest grabs the baby by the chin and delivers a firm slap across the baby's face.

The child's relatives still appear to be smiling as the priest brings the baby's head towards his, but the baby reacts badly and flails its right arm towards the woman.

The exact date of the incident are unclear, although the video surfaced on the internet on Wednesday. I will spill water on the forehead, hmm?

"I don't care if you're a man of the church I'm knocking you if you slap my son", wrote one person. "If I was the mother of that baby I wouldn't hesitate to push or slap the damn priest back".

People have more than enough reasons to be outraged these days.