Every parent has dealt with a crying baby before, but most parents know the best way to soothe a child is to gently hold and rock them. A French priest stunned onlookers and now the nation after he slapped a crying baby in the face while attempting to perform a baptism.
An audible gasp can be heard on the video, and people began to pull the priest back from the child. The video was posted on Reddit and the backlash was swift.
The Reddit user who posted the video also commented: “this happened today in France, I’m really shocked.”
The video shows a priest attempting to comfort a crying baby to no avail. The child ramps up the tears when things take a sudden turn and the priest slaps the child across the face. The facial expressions of the parents instantly changed into shock and anger as their baby started to scream.
The priest continues to stroke the babies face, and attempts to take the baby from the woman holding him, who we assume is his mother.
The priest continues to pull the child closer to him until he is approached by some woman who appears to be a church official.
The man, who we can assume is the father, grabs the baby back from the priest. The video cuts off as the priest and the man struggle over the baby.
You can watch the full video here:
So far there is little to no information known about the origins of the video or where it took place but that hasn’t stopped the viral outrage over it.
The video on Youtube has 1.5 million views, as well as thousands of views on other platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
A Facebook user who shared the video wrote, “This man calls himself a priest!! Sick vile man. Slapping a baby what the hell is wrong with him he needs locking up.”
Twitter user @K__uzuki stated: “I saw this video on Facebook and I cried. I was filled with anger and sadness. If I was the mother of that baby I wouldn’t hesitate to push or slapped the damn priest back!! I don’t care what he is!!”
I saw this video on Facebook and I cried ?I was filled with anger and sadness. If I was the mother of that baby I wouldn’t hesitate to push or slapped the damn priest back!! I don’t care what he is!! pic.twitter.com/3WY6R13im1
— K. (@K__uzuki) June 21, 2018
Another Twitter user @yli_007 tweeted out “Bro this priest slapped the baby,” and Twitter user @jaixicana replied “this child will be traumatized by priest(s) now.”
This child will be traumatized by priest now
— no (@jaixicana) June 21, 2018
Another Twitter user @mahmoudkandarii stated: “If that’s my son, I’d have hit the priest so hard that even god would prefer staying outta this.”
If that’s my son, I’d have hit the priest so hard that even god would prefer staying outta this https://t.co/rdZM5eJBb4
— ٰ (@mahmoudkandarii) June 21, 2018