(CBS LOCAL)— A shocking video of a child’s baptism has gone viral, as it features a priest slapping the child across the face.

The video first gained attention after a Reddit user posted the clip in a subreddit with the title “This happened today in France, I’m really shocked.” The video was posted on YouTube and titled “Un prête gifle un nourrisson lors de son baptême,” which translates to a priest slaps an infant during his baptism.

In the video, the child can be heard crying before the priest slaps the baby around the 24 second mark. The priest then puts the child on his shoulder before the baby is removed from his grasp.

The video has already been viewed over a million times on YouTube. It is not known where in France this baptism took place or what the name of the priest is.

  1. Edna Bobbitt says:

    Poor excuse! Big difference between a caress and a slap; and that dear people was a slap to a very innocent child! No excuses. Too many excuses for the priests already for all the wrongdoing under supposed watchful eyes! That was a slap. Too bad he’s still practicing and supposedly teaching good, which this action was not!

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