Priest caught on tape violently grabbing & slapping baby during baptism

Priest loses temper & slaps toddler during baptism

Finally the child's father interjects, removing the child from the situation.

On the video, speaking in French, the priest describes the crying as a tantrum, but says: "I'm going to put water on the forehead, and after I'll embrace the little man, because he will have become a little Christian".

According to Kidspot in Australia, the man can be heard saying: "it's a tantrum, this is called a tantrum".

Many people online have been outraged by the priest's behaviour.

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The horrified parents are at first anxious when the priest holds the baby in a vice-like grip to stop him from wailing.

As the video comes to an end, the man can be seen grabbing the child back from the priest.

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The video first gained attention after a Reddit user posted the clip in a subreddit with the title "This happened today in France, I'm really shocked".

He grows frustrated and slaps the baby in his face.

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.

"I wonder how many millions of kids suffer inappropriately aged "discipline" like this behind the scenes in religious families who believe this is biblically sanctioned, though", One woman wrote.

"He does not slap the baby, the hand just bounces with a touch, not a slap force", another claimed.

It's unclear whether the priest has been charged or if further action was taken by the child's parents.

He hugs the child to his chest, possibly to try and calm him down.

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