Priest slaps crying baby at christening - leaving parents stunned

Priest loses temper & slaps toddler during baptism

A video has surfaced on social media of a French priest slapping a crying baby while he is trying to baptize the tot.

He repeatedly says "calm down" before suddenly slapping the baby hard in the face.

The French-speaking priest is heard saying it's a "tantrum" and that he will pour water on his head so he will become a "little Christian".

At first, the 43-second video clip shows the priest, who is speaking French, attempting to comfort the crying baby.

Stunned witnesses say "he's afraid" and tell the priest to let go.

The outraged relatives then stepped in and snatched the baby away from the priest, after watching on in shock.

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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 disturbing video, posted on Wednesday, has generated 245,898 views and 389 comments, but it is unclear where it was filmed.

Amid gasps from the congregation, the priest is then seen pulling the child closer and putting his hand over his mouth in a possible effort to stifle his cries.

"I don't care if you're a pastor, priest or one of Jesus 12 disciples", one angry viewer tweeted. "If. You".

People on YouTube took to the comments section to express their disapproval of the priest's behavior. "If I was the mother of that baby I wouldn't hesitate to push or slap the damn priest back".

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