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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. Bob o' Bob

    What's odd is that the Catholic Church is claiming Homer and Bart now. Why not before in seasons 4 through 9 where the show was actually funny? Now the Simpsons are bland, uneventful and basically contain 30 minutes of bad puns and awkward situational writing.

    October 18, 2010 at 4:13 pm |
  2. Martin

    ...and here, I always thought they were Lutheran...

    October 18, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
  3. damn yank

    pssst.....Homer's not really a real person

    October 18, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
    • tct

      Neither are most televangelists, what's your point?

      October 18, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
    • gary

      neither is Sara Palin

      October 18, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  4. Mad_Moose

    Next they'll be claiming Sarah Palin is a saint.

    October 18, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
    • tct

      It's already happening, when it's announced that crowds gather to listen to her on a given subject I've heard people say "Holy Mother of God!". evidently the patron saint of why that moron.

      October 18, 2010 at 4:20 pm |
  5. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Man, some of you folks really need to get lives! I darned near laughed my butt off at this one! Please understand, people, the folks at the Vatican are human and have senses of humor! Besides, EVERYONE knows that Homer is a Congregationalist!

    October 18, 2010 at 4:06 pm |
  6. dj

    Wheres the like button?

    October 18, 2010 at 4:06 pm |
  7. JLG

    Hey that's cool!

    October 18, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
  8. Kilgore Trout

    LOL, that is how desperate the Catholic Church is indeed... to try and latch on to the Simpson popularity... with quotes such as these they still think he's a Catholic...

    "If there's one thing I've learned, it's that life is one crushing defeat after another until you just wish Flanders was dead."

    "Don't worry, son. I'm sure he's up in heaven right now laughing it up with all the other celebrities : John Dilinger, Ty Cobb, Joseph Stalin."

    "Marge, don't discourage the boy! Weaseling out of things is important to learn. It's what separates us from the animals ... except the weasel."

    "Lisa, if the Bible has taught us nothing else – and it hasn't – it's that girls should stick to girls' sports, such as hot oil wrestling and foxy boxing and such and such."

    "God : Thou hast forsaken My Church!
    Homer : Uh, kind-of ... b-but ...
    God : But what
    Homer : I'm not a bad guy! I work hard, and I love my kids. So why should I spend half my Sunday hearing about how I'm going to Hell?
    God : [pause] Hmm ... You've got a point there."

    and best of all.. "God, I know you're busy... you know watching women changing clothes and all..."

    October 18, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
  9. LF

    They"ll probably attend mass soon and sing that great favorite of many years, "Oh when the Saints go Marching In, O Lord I want to be in that number, Oh when the saints go marching in ." The Padre will more than likely lead them in that wonderful song.

    October 18, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
  10. TomTom

    Didn't Homer kiss a man? The catholic church is accepting of this?

    October 18, 2010 at 3:58 pm |
  11. Howard

    That the Catholic Church has to prop itself up with something like this just proves how far down the tubes it has gone. D'oh!

    October 18, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
  12. Floyd

    Apparently the 1st two bullet points of their own policy are ignored by CNN's own moderator(s). Are there even any?
    Please refrain from the abusive nature of these posts. Catholics are not "drunken pedophiles". Apparently some priests were, but do not accuse the rest of the good, faithful, well-intentioned and honorable people that make a positive difference in this world through charitable work and donations. Are you saying Mother Teresa was criminal too?

    The article is silly, and supposed to be fun and tongue-in-cheek. Unbelievable that it has drawn out the mean-spirited and real haters in this world.

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    CNN, you should be ashamed to propagate the hate in this forum.

    October 18, 2010 at 3:53 pm |
  13. Forehandslam4

    Glad to see the Catholic church is spending their time and energy on the things that matter like what religion fictional, cartoon characters are. Let's ponder over whether Bugs Bunny Roman Catholic or Jewish while 5 more boys get molested....

    October 18, 2010 at 3:53 pm |
    • tct

      Forehandslam4:Let me guess, too many human interest stories made you stop watching the news program Saturday Night Live.

      October 18, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  14. AJB1

    In that episode, Rev. Lovejoy clearly states that the one true religion is the Western Branch of American Reform Presbylutheranism.

    October 18, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
  15. E

    This piece seems haphazardly thrown together, CNN! Why not just post Possati's piece instead of, in my opinion, butchering it and making its references somewhat nonsensical within the context of this article? Ochetta is quite randomly introduced into this story for no apparent reason. Isn't this piece supposed to be about what Possati claims? The lead tells me it is, but then we go off on tangents after what appears to be the "nut graph" ("The article riffs on the 2005 episode..."). I have no qualms with what the story is about, since Possati's article was clearly meant as a light, jesting piece. I just have problems with the article on this site. Because this is a "belief blog", does that mean that the article should not be written with a journalistic voice and structure?

    October 18, 2010 at 3:50 pm |
  16. CJ

    I thought it was long-established that the whole family (except for Lisa, who is Buddhist) is Presbylutheran.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_The_Simpsons

    October 18, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
  17. Tingwananapar

    Awww, that's pretty cute, actually!

    October 18, 2010 at 3:46 pm |
  18. Babak from LA

    Just a ploy to get Bart to the church.....

    October 18, 2010 at 3:45 pm |
  19. The Half Baked Lunatic

    I got a laugh out of that one. My first response is that Catholicism is just a tool to pacify and control the weak minded, but now they're scraping the bottom of the barrel. My second thought was that Homer is many things, but he's not a child molester, so at least he wouldn't qualify to be a priest!

    October 18, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  20. Mike

    You all do understand that is just a cheeky observation by a Catholic journalist-not some proclamation by the pope.

    October 18, 2010 at 3:40 pm |
    • jon

      No, they don't. They work for Communist News Network. Anything to belittle the Catholic Church, even if it means deceiving people as to the source of this commentary.

      October 18, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
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