French priest slaps baby for crying during baptism ceremony

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A viral video is causing concern online after it shows a priest slapping a baby during a baptism ceremony.

The man and woman standing with the baby - believed to be his parents - are visibly shocked, eventually wrestling the child away from the priest's hands.

The man who appears to be the child's father then steps in, prising the child out of the priest's grip, even as the cleric struggles for possession of the child.

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"The child was bawling and I needed to turn his head so I could pour the water".

No further details have been revealed about the family or whether or not the parents pressed charges for the priest's actions, nor has any representative from the Catholic Church released a statement regarding the priests behaviour.

"I don't care if you're a pastor, priest or one of Jesus 12 disciples", one angry viewer tweeted. "If. You". Added another: "A priest slaps my baby and I'm putting him on the cross". I'll scream louder than you, okay? "I would have gone ballistic if that was any of my kids". The video features a woman wearing a red dress who seemed to be the child's mother.

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The priest who pastors in a remote rural community of Itipo of DR Congo, returned to his parish on Friday, June 8, after recovering from the illness. The clergyman soon held the child's neck and gave him a violent hug.

People on YouTube took to the comments section to express their outrage at the priest's behavior.

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