Fr Frank Pavone placed a dead baby on an altar in videos endorsing Donald Trump's bid for the presidency

The Diocese of Amarillo, in the United States, says it’s investigating a priest who placed an aborted baby on his altar and posted a video of it on two social media sites.

The Amarillo Globe-News reports that Amarillo Diocese Bishop Patrick Zurek said that the “action and presentation of Fr (Frank) Pavone in this video is not consistent with the beliefs of the Catholic Church.”

In the video posted to Facebook, Fr Pavone said Hillary Clinton and the Democratic platform would allow abortion to continue and that Donald Trump and the Republican platform want to protect unborn children. A shorter version was posted on Instagram.

In his Tuesday statement, Bishop Zurek said the diocese “deeply regrets the offence and outrage caused by the video for the faithful and the community at large.”