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Ay Caramba! Homer’s Catholic!

Posted by on October 20, 2010 at 10:21 AM EST

homer simpson catholicIn Homer We Trust.

Homer Simpson is best known for his dedication to Duff Beer and doughnuts but this week, according to the Vatican, he’s also a dedicated Catholic.

Homer Simpson is Catholic. Bart too. As soon as you’re through choking, I’ll tell you why the Pope and his almighty clan think this is fantastic. According to Vatican Newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, Homer Simpson and Bart Simpson take the faith seriously. (Seriously?)

In its October 17 issue, L’Osservatore Romano cites its assertion, referencing Jesuit Priest, Father Francesco Occhetta’s analysis of 2005 Simpsons episode titled “The Father, The Son, and The Holy Guest Star.” In the episode, Homer and Bart make nice with a priest and upon their new friendship, the Simpson men consider converting to Catholicism.

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In Ochetta’s examination, he reveals Homer Simpson, while frequently irreverent, is one of televisions longest running characters that indeed believes. What’s more, Occhetta applauds Homer Simpson’s realism with regards to the character’s outlook on faith.

“The Simpsons remain among the few TV programs for kids in which the Christian faith, religion and the question on God are recurrent themes,” says the Vatican. It goes on to tell us that even if we think Homer Simpson’s irreverent humor, borderline alcoholism, incessant humiliation of Protestant neighbor Ned Flanders, and mid-sermon naps are indications that Homer actually ignores religion, well, he’s faking it. “Few people know it, and he does everything he can to hide it, but it is true: Homer J Simpson is a Catholic,” insists the paper.

I’ll give a golf clap to the Pope and crew for trying to keep up with pop culture, and agree that Homer Simpson is among the most relevant.  But I have a feeling The Simpsons will live to see their commendation revoked. Just this week, in effort to get out of going to see Granpa Simpson, Bart Simpson declared, “…We already went to Church and listened to stories about things that didn’t really happen!” Or maybe that was just the Simpsons’ way of invoking religious conversation. Riiiight….


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