CHAMPEAUX, France (WFLA) — A viral video is causing concern online after it shows a priest slapping a baby during a baptism ceremony.
As you can see in the footage, the priest tries to comfort the crying little one.
But when the baby continues to wail, the priest slaps the tot in the face with his left hand.
Immediately you can see the family was overcome with complete shock.
The woman holding the baby tries to pull the little one away, but the priest holds onto its tiny head.
Eventually, the man standing behind her snatches the baby away from the priest.
A Reddit user posted the video online and it instantly caught the attention of viewers all over the world.
The user captioned the clip saying, “This happened today in France, I’m really shocked.”
Agence-France Presse reported the priest was suspended and would no longer be leading baptisms, weddings or mass.