Most priests have to put up with babies screaming from the top of their lungs during a baptism because naturally the little ones have no idea what’s going on.
A video has revealed that one priest in France was having none of a baby crying and decided to take the matter into his own hands.
According to a Reddit user, the priest can be heard saying in French, as he touches the baby’s forehead and then holds his face:“It's a tantrum, this is called a tantrum. I will spill water on the forehead, hmm? And then, I'll kiss the lil' kid - because he'll have become a little Christian.
(Expressing discontentment and kindness, basically a soft "come on!" directed at the kid). I will scream louder than you. So, calm down.
The priest then grabs the little boy’s face in an aggressive manner and keeps saying "calm down, calm down" before giving the baby a hard slap on the cheek.
A mortified woman and a man - presumed to be the parents - immediately start trying to take the baby, who reacted by screaming even louder, from the priest as one woman is saying: “Sir, we don't hit him.”
And another woman can be heard saying: Isn't this forbidden?
But this doesn’t perturb the priest who continues to say, while holding the baby’s face: Now you calm down. There. You will calm down. You will calm down. You will calm down. There”.
|The mum pleads with the priest to let go while the dad pulls the baby away from him.|
Then the mum starts pleading with the priest: “Let go. No, no, let go” as the father pulls their young son away from him.
The vast majority of Reddit users were outraged i probably would have slapped the dude myself.
it's actually so hard to watch. How can this old man lose his temper in front of everyone. Ah, I see you're from the Chris Brown school of philosophy. Works per cent of the time... every time.
If that video would end with the father giving the priest a very strong bitch slap it would be perfect.
However, some defended the priest suggesting that some people seriously overreacted to the incident:
“I don’t hit babies and no one I know does. But this is just an old dude and go might even be losing his mind a bit at that age and he doesn’t deserve death threats over this. I wouldn’t go back to his church.