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.”