Finally, the man believed to be the child's father interjects, and removes the child from the situation before the video cuts out.
The 43-second clip, which was recorded during a baptism in France and originally shared on Reddit, shows a priest clutching onto the face of a boy as he sits in a woman's arms and wails.
Footage shows the priest quickly losing his patience with the child but things escalate when the child becomes increasingly distraught - prompting the priest to tell the crying toddler to calm down before slapping the child on the face.
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The horrified parents are at first anxious when the priest holds the baby in a vice-like grip to stop him from wailing.
The priest who visibly annoyed, then holds the baby's face in his hands, looks it in the eyes and slaps it hard on the cheek with his left hand.
The recording of the incident, which was uploaded on Wednesday, has since gone viral.
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The YouTube video was uploaded to Reddit on Thursday and sparked a torrent of outrage from viewers the world over, many furious that a trusted religious official would do such a thing. I will spill water on the forehead, hmm?
The child would not relent and the cleric began saying, "Calm down, calm down, you must calm down". One woman then says: "Sir, we don't hit him".
It's unclear when and where the video was taken, Fox 8 reports.
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But the child continues to cry and the man raises his voice to say: "I will scream louder than you. If I was the mother of that baby I wouldn't hesitate to push or slap the damn priest back".