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D'oh! Vatican declares Bart and Homer Simpson Catholic
October 18th, 2010
12:43 PM ET

D'oh! Vatican declares Bart and Homer Simpson Catholic

Homer Simpson - perhaps the most profane character and worst father ever to headline a mainstream American television program - is Catholic, the Vatican's official newspaper has declared.

"Few know it, and he does all he can to hide it. But it is true," Luca Possati writes in Sunday's Osservatore Romano.

OK, Homer snores through the Rev. Lovejoy's sermons.

Yes, he relentlessly humiliates his evangelical Christian neighbor Ned Flanders.

But the show is one of the few in American life that takes religion seriously, a Jesuit is arguing - from grace before meals to an (admittedly off-kilter) belief in the afterlife.

The article riffs on the 2005 episode "The Father, the Son and the Holy Guest Star," in which Homer and Bart flirt with the idea of converting to Catholicism (and Homer makes an outrageous confession).

Homer decides against it with "a cathartic D'oh!," Possati writes. But the Rev. Francesco Occhetta praises the episode - and the series –anyway, Possati writes.

Occhetta wrote about The Simpsons in the most recent edition of Italian Jesuit magazine Civilita Cattolica, Possati says.

Creator Matt Groening's "surreal comedy, pungent satire and sarcasm about the worst taboos of the American Way of Life" opens "anthropological themes that are tied to the meaning and quality of life," he says.

"The moral message? None," the Vatican newspaper concludes. "But a world without easy illusions is a more humane and perhaps more Christian world."

CNN's Hada Messia contributed to this report.

- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Catholic Church • Christianity • Culture & Science

soundoff (210 Responses)
  1. Casey

    "But a world without easy illusions is a more humane and perhaps more Christian world."

    Does anyone else see the massive amount of irony in that statement?

    January 8, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
  2. Seymour

    It was the pancake dinner that did it for Homer.

    October 25, 2010 at 12:26 pm |
  3. Ken Symes

    "Homer Simpson is not Catholic nor Anglican, but he just might be an average American Christian" - that's my response article to the Vatican newspaper. I'd love to get your feedback. Let me know what you think...
    http://www.samaritanxp.blogspot.com
    The Simpsons is an incredible satire: after the laughter, there's so much to talk about!

    October 21, 2010 at 3:26 pm |
  4. Ken Symes

    I just had to respond to this outrageous claim! I wrote a response article, "Homer Simpson is not a Catholic, nor an Anglican, but he just might be an average American Christian." If you remember the show is satire, there's a lot we can learn from Homer's "faith"!
    Check it out: http://www.samaritanxp.blogspot.com
    Let me know what you think. I'd really like your feedback, especially you real Simpsons fans!

    October 20, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  5. genghis khan

    The Simpsons are now members of the the worlds largest pedophilia club.

    October 20, 2010 at 12:36 pm |
  6. Mario

    I can't find in the Vatican official newspaper, the article cnn is talking about. At least not in the spanish, english and italian versions

    October 20, 2010 at 1:16 am |
  7. PeachesForJesus

    The context or origin of the word papist is irrelevant. It's offensive either way. It's as petty or elementary as using other social slurs. Instead of harboring wrath why not pray for peace and understanding?

    October 19, 2010 at 2:14 pm |
  8. ratkartz

    " most profane character and worst father" proclaimed a Catholic by Vatican agency. Amen.

    October 19, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  9. westcoastkid

    CRUSTY FOR PRESIDENT!

    October 19, 2010 at 10:41 am |
  10. Marcello

    Wow. Sloppy journalism here, CNN. Columnists for "L'Osservatore Romano" speak for themselves, and do not necessarily represent the views of the Vatican. Your headline is flat-out wrong.

    October 19, 2010 at 10:40 am |
  11. DivineNewsNetwork

    To the Catholic Church... Put away your idols and engraved Images and Return To the Commandments and Testimony of Christ. Spend your money on helping the poor instead of wasting money on news about cartoon characters.

    October 19, 2010 at 10:12 am |
  12. Yeoman Johnson

    "Marge, I want to be alone with the sandwich."

    H. Simpson

    October 19, 2010 at 9:31 am |
  13. RW Millam

    Membership in the RCC is dropping day by day. So the RCC has to increase its numbers any way it can, even if it means including cartoon characters. But they'd better keep their hands OFF Yosemite Sam and Daffy Duck - I happen to know they're both Southern Baptist.......

    October 19, 2010 at 9:09 am |
  14. poof

    "The moral message? None." Agreed, regarding the Vatican.

    October 19, 2010 at 4:57 am |
  15. sammolicious

    D'OH!

    October 19, 2010 at 4:05 am |
  16. Maybeben

    Yeah, this sounds about right for Catholics. Decry the vulgarity of a pop culture icon for twenty years until it is beyond passe, and then turn around and pretend that it was yours all along you that can seem "hip." What planet is the Vatican on?

    October 19, 2010 at 1:51 am |
    • kh

      Until a few years ago, they were on the flat planet.

      October 19, 2010 at 7:41 am |
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