Pope Francis has hit out at the mediaâ€™s veneration of the Easter Bunny around this time of year and says that such a practice is "evil" and â€śblasphemousâ€ť and that it should be condemned to the fullest because it takes people's minds off the real reason for celebrating Easter - Jesus. In his regular Sunday sermon during Mass the Pontiff said:
"My dear children, as you know next week around this time we will be observing Palm Sunday which commemorates Jesusâ€™ triumphal entry into Jerusalem as the Prince of Peace. It is the start of Holy Week festivities and it is a time of great reflection in which we Christians try to remember the great sacrifice that our loving Lord and Saviour did to save us from our sins. With all due respect to my Protestant brethren, I don't think that there is another Christian denomination other than us Roman Catholics who take this week more seriously."
The Holy Father continued:
â€śThat said however, there is a certain practice that occurs around this time of year that I find deeply disturbing. And do you know what that is? If you canâ€™t figure it out, I will not keep you in suspense any longer; it is the blatant, shameless, evil and blasphemous veneration of the Easter Bunny which only serves to take our minds off the real reason for the season and which is a subtle way that the secular Godless media try to negatively influence our children.â€ť
The Pontiff went on:
â€śThink about it my children, look at what is being promoted, a fictitious bunny with brings chocolate eggs to them. Imagine that. Not only is a fake character being venerated, but the poor children are encouraged to eat all sorts of sweet delicacies like chocolate, cookies and cakes which are high in sugar and in the case of the latter two, high in flour which only serves to make our children fatter and less healthy. Why should this be? Does anyone know about the origins of the Easter Bunny? You would be surprised. It started with the German Lutherans.â€ť
As the congregation gasped in shock and disbelief, the Pope continued:
â€śThatâ€™s right. The German Lutherans. The same people through whom Lutherâ€™s Ninety-five theses attacked us over selling indulgences. So you see, they continually look for the mote in our eye yet they do not know that there is a beam in their own eye. Jesus told us about this in Matthew 7:3-5."
â€śThis should not come as a surprise. It only shows that we are bearing good fruit. Thatâ€™s why we are constantly under attack from the corrupted trees which bring forth evil fruit. But as we know, they will eventually be hewn down and cast into the fire.â€ť
As he quoted Matthew 7:19.