Priest filmed slapping child during baptism

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A SHOCKING video circulating on social media appears to show a priest slapping a baby across the face while baptising the child.

The video shows the mother holding the baby while the Catholic priest is performing the baptism. "This is in front of cameras, what would happen behind the scenes when you leave a priest and a child alone?" one person wrote.

The family's shock becomes evident when the priest slaps the baby across the face. The family remained quiet for a few moments after the incident, but then the baby is grabbed out of the priest's arms by the child's father.

Finally, the man believed to be the child's father interjects, and removes the child from the situation before the video cuts out.

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A Reddit user posted the video online and it instantly caught the attention of viewers all over the world.

The outraged man and woman watching on, who appear to be his parents, react in shock and step in to snatch their baby back.

"I'm going to put water on the forehead, and after I'll embrace the young fellow", one user quoted the priest as saying. I'll scream louder than you, OK?

People on YouTube took to the comments section to express their disapproval of the priest's behavior.

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"This is disturbing, and has really upset me", another tweeted.

Unbelievably, there were some commenters who defended the priest's actions.

Many times parents are left embarrassed and often annoyed because their little bundles of joy just can't seem to settle down, but this video takes it to another level.

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