ROME – An elderly priest was suspended in France for slapping a crying baby during a christening after a video of the incident became viral early in the week.
Video shows how young parents distract their child from birth. the former Father Jacques LaCroix, after beating him twice last Sunday during the baptism ritual
The video shows the priest repeatedly trying to tell the child that it is "quiet" and "quiet"
In In an interview with France Info Radio said the priest, "The kid screamed and I had to turn my head so I could pour the water in. I said be quiet, but he would not calm down."  "This loss of self-restraint can be attributed to the weariness of an older priest, but that does not excuse that," said a statement from the diocese of Meaux, which includes the city of Champeaux, 30 miles southeast of Paris, where the episode occurred ,
LaCroix has now been forced into mandatory retirement and will no longer be able to celebrate baptisms or weddings, and will only (1
"This gesture is all the more regrettable because baptism is supposed to be a happy moment, but fatigue and old age apparently played a role," said Nahmias.