Homer Simpson is Catholic, Vatican paper declares

Mexican actors hold up paintings of characters from the Simpsons cartoon as local media hold up microphones during a protest in Mexico City August 3, 2005. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar

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Mon Oct 18, 2010 7:38pm EDT

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(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.”

via monicks.net

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Comment by Ava Wilson on October 19, 2010 at 12:31am
Hahaha. Yeah, they definitely aren't Catholic. Just because they believe in God and pray before meals doesn't automatically make them Catholic. The Vatican is just trying to appeal to the younger population that cool characters are religious or something.
Comment by Jon Heim on October 19, 2010 at 1:12am
The Western Branch of American Reform Presbylutheranism (a cross between Presbyterianism and Lutheranism) is the fictional Protestant Christian religion that Rev. Lovejoy preaches at the First Church of Springfield. The church is the town's main place of worship, which most Springfielders attend, though it is not the only church in Springfield (AME, Catholic and Episcopal churches also exist). The unusually specific name is a parody of Protestant reformed churches branching off into other denominations and movements.

Lovejoy is a member of the clergy of Presbylutheranism. The denomination, headquartered in Michigan City, Indiana, is led by "His Holiness, the Parson", who is also the elected head of the National Congress of Deacons.[4]
Comment by Jon Heim on October 19, 2010 at 1:13am
^ clearly protestant.
Comment by V John Merc on October 19, 2010 at 1:34am
My next blog: 'Evils of the Catholic Church'... I think I'll make this one one of the last points: "IV: a bunch of over-assertive Copyright Stealers"
Comment by Jānis Ķimsis on October 19, 2010 at 8:27am
... therefore Jesus.
Comment by Jon Heim on October 19, 2010 at 8:31am
Jesus, I'm looking forward to about six paragraphs on pagan traditions. lol
Comment by Monica McGee (Monicks) on October 19, 2010 at 11:21am
Aside of their asinine statement, I just wonder how, all of a sudden, The Simpsons' religious affiliation became relevant to the Vatican!

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