As a parent, one of the biggest milestones in your baby’s life( aside from the actual birth) is their baptism. Okay, so not many people truly bother with the ceremony these days, but those that do are incredibly proud to have their infant take part in this very spiritual occasion.
According to the Christian faith, Jesus emphasized the importance of baptism as a means of symbolically washing away the sins of his followers and helping them receive the gift of everlasting life following his return.
Needless to say, it’s a fairly significant occasion for disciples and a lot of endeavour is put in to make sure the ceremony reflects this.
But one priest has shocked people by slapping a newborn before its baptism:
For this reason, baptisms often prove to be fairly stressful occasions, but what makes them that much more taxing is the mere fact that they revolve around babies. While most of us can agree that babies are totally and utterly adorable, they sure do know how to induce things difficult with their propensity to cry for what seems like hours on end.
It can be really difficult to know what to do to pacify a shout newborn if nothing you’ve tried used to work. Babies are just stubborn like that and it’s not like they can help it, they’re just acting on their instincts.
So this begs the question, what do you do if you’re in the middle of a baptism and the waterworks start? You’re up there with the priest and your yet-to-be-baptized child, but that child just won’t stop bellow its tiny little eyes out?
Do you merely ignore it? Do you ask to be excused so you can wait until the kid has calmed down enough for the ceremony to proceed? Do you try to hush the baby then and there with the whole congregation watching you?
While most people would be at a loss as to how best to approach the situation, one French clergyman has sparked outrage by “ve got something” truly unthinkable at a baptism he was officiating.
When the newborn in question wouldn’t stop crying, the priest think the best route around it was to slap the infant in the face. Naturally, the baby’s parents were shocked by the priest’s disgusting actions- he’s certainly not a man of honor.
We hope that the child in question suffers no lasting psychological injury as a result of this incident.
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