A distressing video that shows a priest slapping a crying baby boy on the face during a baptism is angering social media users.
In the 43-second YouTube clip, which is understood to have been filmed in France, a woman believed to be the mother holds the child as the priest speaks in French.
When the boy starts to cry, the priest taps him on the forehead. Then, in an attempt to soothe the baby, he wraps his hands around his head and neck and pulls him into his chest.
But this only upsets the squirming child even more, whose screams grow louder.
Then in an appalling act, the priest clasps his hands on either side of the crying baby’s face, his voice much sterner, and slaps him loudly across the cheek.
Some people couldn’t even watch the whole clip. Post continues after video.
The watching crowd gasps in horror. A man presumed to be the father eventually manages to wrench the boy away from the priest as he disconcertingly once again tries to hug him close with one hand covering his face.