Footage from a YouTube video initially shared on Reddit has quickly circulated the internet and world. It shows the baptism of a child in a French church. In the footage, the priest is seen slapping the child across the face. His actions have sparked outrage on social media. People are weighing in, unafraid to condemn the man’s actions.
The initial video that was shared was captioned, “A priest slaps an infant during his baptism.” On Reddit, the user wrote: “this happened today in France, I’m really shocked.”
The video is only 43-seconds long. It shows the priest cradling the infant’s tear-filled face. The child sits in a woman’s arms. It appears like the priest is attempting to comfort the baby. He eventually slaps the child across the cheek.
Where can I find this priest so I can slap him right back for slapping the baby 😤pic.twitter.com/Tm021ZBAm0
— may (@D0ROG) June 20, 2018
This is what someone posted on Twitter. “I saw this video on Facebook, and I cried Loudly crying face 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!!”
The clip shows a man and woman, who could easily be the boy’s parents with shocked expressions on their faces. Their child immediately began to scream. The priest tries pulling the child closer as a woman, who is perhaps a church official approaches.