A French priest was suspended from "all christening and wedding celebrations" after a viral video showed him beating a baby in the face during a christening ceremony
Father Jacque Lacroix, 89, a priest who belonged to the diocese of Meaux and became a viral sensation after a YouTube video showed how he patted a baby on the cheek. The video, which was viewed more than 5 million times, triggered a backlash among the audience.
The diocese published a statement on viral video on Friday saying that Lacroix was suspended.
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"This short video is an excerpt from the celebration where the baby cries a lot." The older priest loses control and slaps the child Aware of this inappropriate gesture, the priest apologized to the family at the end of the baptism, "the statement says.
The diocese subsequently announced that Lacroix was "suspended from all baptismal and wedding celebrations"
"On Friday June 22, Bishop Nahmias, Bishop of Meaux, took tentative measures to ensure that the priest of all These measures also require that he does not now intervene in the collegiate church of Champeaux and celebrates masses only on the express wish of the pastor, "it says in the statement.
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Lacroix spoke to France Info Radio about the video, calling the hit "something between a caress and a small punch", AFP reported.
"The child was bawling and I had to turn his head so I could pour the water in. I said be quiet, but he would not calm down," said Lacroix. I tried to calm him down, I did not really know what to do. "
The video made the rounds on Reddit, YouTube, and Twitter. It was not immediately clear when the video was taken.