Baptizing a baby is supposed to be a joyous occasion. However, an unidentified family had to wrestle their baby away from a priest when the baptism went awry.
This video was posted by a YouTube user named Internet Drawer this past Wednesday. In it, a baby can be seen crying during their baptism.
The Priest makes the sign of the cross before going on to say, in French, that the baby is having a ‘tantrum’ and that to become a ‘little Christian’ they need to have water poured over their head.
When the baby doesn’t calm, suddenly, the Priest snaps and slaps the baby across the face.
The parents then try to wrestle the baby away from the Priest.
The shocking video can be seen in full below…
People were horrified…
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
Riiiiight? ?the poor baby... and still don’t understand how the mom didn’t react by slapping the hell outta that stupid man!— K. (@K__uzuki) June 22, 2018
This makes wanna cry every time I see it. And he’s literally squeezing the poor baby’s face and the way he’s holding on to his head as the mom is trying to get the baby back??ugh I just wanna slap the hell out of him!!!— K. (@K__uzuki) June 21, 2018
I would've slapped this priest right into retirement where he clearly belongs.#WWFSmackdown— Shawn C (@campbabydoll) June 21, 2018
Not nice, horrible. This priest cannot have any excuse for this. Obviously he needs a Valium before he m tries to baptize them.— Mabelsmom (@mabelsmom1) June 21, 2018
But, luckily, the video helped identify the Priest as 89-year-old Father Jacques Lacroix, who works in the Meaux Diocese.
They released this statement…
“Depuis le 21 juin, une vidéo circule dans la presse et les réseaux sociaux sur laquelle on peut voir un prêtre (89 ans), célébrer le baptême d’un enfant en Seine-et-Marne.
Cette courte vidéo est un extrait de la célébration durant laquelle le bébé pleure beaucoup. Le prêtre âgé perd son sang-froid et met une gifle à l’enfant.
Conscient de ce geste déplacé, le prêtre a présenté ses excuses auprès de la famille à la fin du baptême.
Cette perte de sang-froid peut s’expliquer par la fatigue de ce prêtre âgé, mais cela ne l’excuse pas.”
Which, translated, means…
“A video circulated in the press and social media in which we see an 89-year-old Priest celebrate the baptism of an infant in Seine-et-Marne.
This short video is an excerpt of the celebration, during which the baby cried a lot. The elderly priest lost his temper and slapped the baby.
Aware of his mistake, the Priest gave his apologies to the family at the end of the baptism.
While the loss of his cool can be explained by the tiredness of the elderly priest, this does not excuse him.”
They go on to announce the Priest’s suspension. The full statement, in French, can be read here.
People were glad there were consequences…
GOOD!— Kathy Warzecha (@lablover47) June 24, 2018
Good it's unacceptable— Kendra Steele (@miss_steele89) June 23, 2018
While others felt that this didn’t go far enough…
He needs to get fired on his day off, Craig! pic.twitter.com/GqyBOQ7nsY— Ana (@bohemiangrace) June 24, 2018
Fire him!!!— Leslie Star (@lesliestar) June 24, 2018
However, there were also those who thought something else might have been at play…
Yikes, I would assume there is something else going On here like dementia or something like that.— caitlin may (@taelor13) June 23, 2018
Why?— Kendra Steele (@miss_steele89) June 23, 2018
Because he is 89!! And he goes between being angry and then being loving, hugging the child caressing him then angry again. His behaviours are irrational and all over the place.— caitlin may (@taelor13) June 23, 2018
He is suffering from age mental deterioration. Surely they have been seeing signs of this. He needs to step down from doing this tasks. He didn't mean to but he isn't in his right mind. He needs prayers.— Angela Bates Priddy (@shadowgirl9262) June 23, 2018
I do agree. If you have ever dealt directly with dementia patients it seems very familiar and yes, dementia issues often stay hidden and surface shocking those around them— Jacqueline D (@Jacqui821) June 23, 2018
Hopefully an incident like this never happens again.