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Homer Simpson is Catholic, Vatican paper declares

  1. Stacie L profile image89
    Stacie Lposted 7 years ago

    Homer Simpson is Catholic, Vatican paper declares smile

    Mon Oct 18, 10:18 pm ET

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters)  "The Simpsons" just got a blessing from the Vatican.

    The official Vatican newspaper has declared that beer-swilling, doughnut-loving Homer Simpson and son Bart are Catholics -- and what's more, it says that parents should not be afraid to let their children watch "the adventures of the little guys in yellow."

    "Few people know it, and he does everything to hide it. But it's true: Homer J. Simpson is Catholic", the Osservatore Romano newspaper said in an article on Sunday headlined "Homer and Bart are Catholics."

    The newspaper cited a study by a Jesuit priest of a 2005 episode of the show called "The Father, the Son and the Holy Guest Star". That study concludes that "The Simpsons" is "among the few TV programs for kids in which Christian faith, religion and questions about God are recurrent themes."

    The Simpsons pray before meals, and "in its own way, believes in the beyond," the newspaper quoted the Jesuit study as saying.

    It's the second time the animated U.S. TV series, which is broadcast in 90 countries, has been praised by the Vatican.

    But executive producer Al Jean told Entertainment Weekly on Monday he was in "shock and awe" at the latest assertion, adding that the Simpsons attend the "Presbylutheran" First Church of Springfield.

    "We've pretty clearly shown that Homer is not Catholic," Jean said. "I really don't think he could go without eating meat on Fridays -- for even an hour."

    In December 2009, the Osservatore Romano described the show as "tender and irreverent, scandalous and ironic, boisterous and profound, philosophical and sometimes even theological, nutty synthesis of pop culture and of the lukewarm and nihilistic American middle class."

    "The Simpsons", which introduced the catch-phrase "D'oh", is the longest-running prime-time TV series in the United States and is now in its 22nd season.

    1. SomewayOuttaHere profile image60
      SomewayOuttaHereposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      ...that's just too much smile....not enough news stories these days i guess!

    2. Dave Mathews profile image61
      Dave Mathewsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Has the Vatican lost its mind. These are cartoon characters, not real people. It may be that this cartoon program contains remarkable "Christian" ethics in its programming, but still it is a cartoon and the people in it are but characters.

  2. skyfire profile image73
    skyfireposted 7 years ago

    Mickey mouse beats homer hands down... watch this.


  3. Flightkeeper profile image72
    Flightkeeperposted 7 years ago

    Are the Jesuit priests running out of topics to study? Really?

  4. Flightkeeper profile image72
    Flightkeeperposted 7 years ago

    Presbylutherans lol lol

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    Will Bensonposted 7 years ago

    Maybe the Vatican got Homer mixed up with Ned Flanders.

  6. sunforged profile image74
    sunforgedposted 7 years ago

    tai chi , chai tea ...its all the same

    1. SiddSingh profile image60
      SiddSinghposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Actually, even "chai" and "tea" are the same!!

  7. Greek One profile image77
    Greek Oneposted 7 years ago

    As the result of the peaceful spread of Islam to Springfield in the 1960s, Homer is Ahmadiyya

    1. Dave Barnett profile image52
      Dave Barnettposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      That's what we've needed coming from the vatican....Comic Relief.