Priest slaps crying baby during baptism when he won't calm down (video)
As shown in the horrific viral footage, Father Jacques Lacroix slapped a crying infant across the face after he lost his temper during the baptism ceremony.
In a 43-second clip posted online, which has since turned into a web sensation, the crying baby can be seen being held by his mom, who was attempting to comfort him.
However, when that didn't work, the French Catholic priest, 89, took it upon himself to try to prevent the kid from crying.
Lacroix told the child to “be quiet” and to “calm down.” Then, to the parent's surprise, he unleashed a hard slap against the baby’s cheek.
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The onlookers can be heard in the clip saying, “Don’t hit the kid,” and “Sir, we do not hit him,” but the priest disregarded them.
Although the mother told Lacroix to let go of her baby, he kept on holding the child by the head.
The baby's father then grabbed his son and forcibly pulled him from the priest.
The incident occurred recently in Champeaux, a section of southeastern Paris, at the Collegiate church.
People reported that Lacroix had been recognized and suspended from all baptisms and marriage festivities.
After the video went viral, the Meaux Dioceses in France released a statement that the priest has been ousted from all activities surrounding the church.
“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 read.
"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.”
Even though the diocese added that the Lacroix's conduct “does not excuse him,” they clarified that the priest was likely tired when the little boy began to cry.
“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,” the statement continued. “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.”
“Let us confide to the Lord the family of the baptized and our brother Jacques Lacroix,” it concluded.
In an interview with French Info radio, Lacroix apologized to the family. He also said that he was not trying to hurt the kid but rather just calm him down.
“It was somewhere between a caress and a slap, I hoped to calm him down, I didn’t know what to do,” he explained.
"The child was screaming a lot and I had to turn his head to pour water over it. I told him to ‘calm down, calm down’ but he was not calming down. I tried to hold him close. I just wanted him to calm down."
He added: “I apologized for my clumsiness to the family. I am finishing my ministry now, it was my last baptism, there is an end to everything."
The baby's parents have accepted Lacroix apology and were cheerful to see their son baptized.
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