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Second, there was nooo reason to slap a child like that.

The person filming the ceremony is heard gasping as a man suspected to be the father tries to wrestle his baby from the priest.

When the inconsolable baby continues to cry, the visibly agitated priest strike him across the face, hard enough to make a clear sound in the clip. "Here. And then, we are going to embrace the little guy, because he will have become a little more Christian".

Many people online have been outraged by the priest's behaviour. I'll scream louder than you, OK?

Some users on Reddit have noted that everyone is speaking French in the video and translated what the priest is saying.

A shocked father grabs the child out of the clergyman's arms.

As the little boy cries loudly, the man holds his face and seemingly tries to comfort and calm him down.

A disturbing video has emerged of a priest slapping a baby across the face as he administers baptism.

He then unleashes a sharp slap against the baby's cheek, shocking those sat in the church, who can be heard to gasp. "I was trying to calm him down; I didn't really know what to do".

"And yet another reason why I'm not bringing up my kids as Catholics", wrote a Reddit user.

The child would not relent and the cleric began saying, "Calm down, calm down, you must calm down".

The video shows the man vigorously dunking the small child into the water before being handed back to seemingly unperturbed parents.