Warning: Distressing content.  This video made my blood run cold.

A video of a priest choking, hitting and trying to smoother a babies cries during his baptism has people outraged.

It is truly horrifying to watch so be warned!

People were understandably horrified

So far the video has attracted over 45,000 views and over 1500 shares just on Facebook.

One comment read, “Not only did he slap the kid, he covered the kid’s face with his hand. Luckily the Dad pulled the kid away. Looks like the mom checked out.”

Another said, “That man had evil and hate in his face as he hit that child. How dare he. Disgusting.”

“They should have removed the child as soon as he slapped the baby then knocked him out that’s what I’d do if that was my child.”

“The poor little thing is traumatised! Good on the father coming in and taking the him away!!!”

“If that was my child, that priest would have been flat on his arse , and then on a stretcher on his way to hospital.”

“I cant believe what I just seen!”

“Oh my gosh. He was also suffocating him and hit him. I would have pulled him away straight away.”

The poor little man is just totally terrified. Read more comments on Facebook here.

UPDATE 25 June

The French priest who slapped a crying baby on the face during his baptism has been identified and suspended.

Father Jacques Lacroix has been removed from all church activities, according to a statement released by Meaux Dioceses in France on Friday, June 22.

“Since June 21, a video circulates in the press and social networks on which we can see a priest (89 years), celebrate the baptism of a child in Seine-et-Marne,” the statement reads. “This short video is an excerpt from the celebration which the baby cries a lot. The elderly priest loses his temper and slaps the child. Aware of this inappropriate gesture, the priest apologized to the family at the end of the baptism.”

The statement continues: “On Friday, June 22, Bishop Nahmias, Bishop of Meaux, took provisional measures to ensure that the priest was suspended from all baptism and marriage celebrations. These measures also require him not to intervene on the Collegiate Church of Champeaux now and to celebrate masses only at the express request of the parish priest.”

Last month we shared how a Greek Orthodox priest  come under fire over a video showing him forcefully plunging a baby into a basin of water. See that here.

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  • Amazed that in this day and age children are still being taken to the church that you no longer believe in or go to to worship to be baptized.

    • I dont think it says anywhere in any article that I have read about this that the parents dont attend that church.


  • Good that this priest has been identified, suspended and removed from all church activities. Actually I think he needs to get charged.


  • The moment you see someone hurt your child or you feeling uncomfortable is when you pull back, that is absolutely disgusting for a priest to do that slapping a baby is not going to shut them up but make it worse priest should have a lot of respect and patience.


  • I felt like climbing through the screen to rescue this little one. Glad Dad stepped in when he did.


  • Watching this has seriously left me shocked. Absolute disgusting. He should be stripped entirely of his position


  • This time the video worked and it was not pleasant to watch.


  • Poor little baby. I was so shocked & angry when I saw the priest slap the babies face. Glad he’s been suspended


  • I’m glad he was suspended, I hope he learns a good lesson.


  • Very sensible to suspend. What he didn’t wasn’t appropriate at all!!


  • Poor bubba ! Thats so sad to see ! He needs to be punished


  • This really is shocking. Not a video you’d want to watch again.


  • Shocking! Why would anyone think this is ok?!


  • How awful! I can’t believe someone who is supposed to be a spiritual leader could even think this would be okay!


  • I would not watch this video.

    Some people are horrible.

    Of course babies cry. If they don’t, then something is wrong.


  • I have heard of this and preferred not to watch it. Glad something was done about it.


  • I am glad he is being punished, if it was my child he would have been punched


  • This was so distressing to watch. I’m glad he’s been punished. That’s poor baby!


  • I’m glad it’s being dealt with. Poor Bubba.


  • It certainly makes you wonder what he does to kids when their parents aren’t around.


  • As it should be! So glad to see a story of abuse that hasn’t been denied or ignored by the church


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