Relatives shocked as priest slaps baby in the face during baptism

Geneva Stokes
June 23, 2018

A man and a woman, who appear to be the child's parents, could be seen looking at the priest in shock before forcibly pulling their child away.

The priest, by now visibly annoyed, then holds the baby's face in his hands, looks it in the eyes and slaps it hard on the cheek with his left hand.

After the slap, the crowd can be heard gasping and the mother and father of the child appear shocked.

Another one said: "Who wants to fund me a trip so I can go slap him!"

The video has been shared across all different social media platforms, with one Facebook video gaining over two million views and more than 18 thousand comments from disgusted viewers.

"There, you have to calm yourself, you have to calm yourself, there, there", the priest says, according to KFOR. Ohlalalala! I will scream louder than you. Added another: "A priest slaps my baby and I'm putting him on the cross".

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"And yet another reason why I'm not bringing up my kids as Catholics", wrote a Reddit user. But in case you're looking for another, here's a video of a priest slapping a baby.

The video shows the man vigorously dunking the small child into the water before being handed back to seemingly unperturbed parents.

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.

He hugs the child to his chest, possibly to try and calm him down.

Many people online have been outraged by the priest's behaviour.

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