Priest Who Slapped Baby During Baptism Forced to Retire

89-year-old Father Jacques Lacroix was forced to retire after slapping a crying two-year-old during a baptism in France. 

Speaking to a radio station in France, Lacroix said, 

“It was somewhere between a caress and a slap, I hoped to calm him down, I didn’t know what to do.

The child was screaming a lot and I had to turn his head to pour water over it.

I told him to ‘calm down, calm down’ but he was not calming down. I tried to hold him close. I just wanted him to calm down.

I apologized for my clumsiness to the family. I am finishing my ministry now, it was my last baptism, there is an end to everything.”

 

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