A shocking video footage has emerged showing a Priest, violently slapping a baby in the face during a baptism to stop it crying.
The bawling baby is being held by its mother when the elderly priest takes a grip of its head with his hand.
The French-speaking priest repeatedly addresses the uncooperative baby while other members of the family watch silently.
The exact location of the church and date of the incident are unclear, although the video surfaced on the internet on Wednesday.
“I’m going to put water on the forehead, and after I’ll embrace the little man, because he will have become a little Christian,” the elderly priest says in the footage.
Suddenly, the priest appears unable to take it again and deals the hollering baby a quick slap in the face.
The person filming the ceremony is heard gasping as a man suspected to be the father tries to wrestle his baby from the priest.
The priest won’t let go, however, as he holds the stunned baby to his chest, with his hand over the baby’s face to muffle the howls.
Those gathered in the church can be heard to tell the cleric: “Don’t hit the kid,” and: “Sir, we do not hit him,” but he is seemingly unapologetic.
“You have to calm down, you have to calm down. There you go,” the priest tells the child as the parents of the infant appear increasingly agitated.
The mother pleads with the priest to let go, but he continues to grip the boy by the head.
The father is then able to wrestle the baby away and into his arms, as another woman attending the service also intervenes in a bid to calm the tensions when the video cuts out.
Watch the shocking video below;