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Catholic Priest Aggressively Slaps Crying Baby During Baptism–And People Are Not Happy

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…

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…

While others felt that this didn’t go far enough…

However, there were also those who thought something else might have been at play…

Hopefully an incident like this never happens again.

H/T: Twitter, Newsweek

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Written by Dana Levinson

Dana Aliya Levinson is an actress, writer, and trans activist. She graduated with honors from the New School where she wrote extensively about political and ethnic identity in the middle-east. She was a 2014-2015 Dramatists Guild Fellow, and has written about politics and trans issues for The Huffington Post, Women's Health, Nylon, and The Notice Blog.