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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. Oneiric

    Ugh... that was to the Rev. Loveboy comment..

    October 19, 2010 at 1:41 am |
  2. lu

    Wow.. Finished reading this and i am truly saddened by all the hate i read... I believe the true casualty here is not God or any Christian faith, it is respect for each other and freedom of speech.
    Why don't we try to focus more on the positive things done by Catholics, Christians, Jews, Muslims, or any other people who profess whichever faith they have chosen?
    It is also worth mentioning that CNN's reporting is terrible...

    October 19, 2010 at 1:12 am |
    • Sean

      Agree 100%
      This was painful to read, people just love to bash what they don't understand.
      And also, CNN is terrible reporting, people should go read the actual article they are referencing. It doesn't in anyway try to claim Homer as a Catholic.

      October 19, 2010 at 11:42 pm |
    • Frank

      I agree with you both.

      October 19, 2010 at 11:46 pm |
  3. kellie

    certainly the Simpsons are not Catholic but there is ALWAYS a moral message in that show!

    October 18, 2010 at 11:56 pm |
  4. Elle SG Shelton

    Homer and family attend an Episcopalian church. Peter from Family Guy is a reluctant Catholic. His father is hard-core Roman Catholic.

    October 18, 2010 at 9:19 pm |
  5. Mike Scully

    Oh, he'll never be the darling of the so called "City Fathers", who cluck their tongues, stroke their beards and talk about "What's to be done with this Homer Simpson?"

    October 18, 2010 at 8:52 pm |
  6. Iqbal khan

    Please Listen and read The Quran with translation in many different languages check

    http://www.Quranexplorer.com

    October 18, 2010 at 8:38 pm |
  7. oneStarman - Walla Walla, WA

    CONFUSED IN ROME – It was Peter Griffin from Family Guy that is Catholic – that is why he Kidnapped the Pope.

    October 18, 2010 at 7:55 pm |
  8. montyhp

    Obviously, whoever wrote this has never watched Fox on Sunday evening. They wrote:

    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.

    Whoever thinks "Homer is the most profane character and worst father" hasn't watched 30 seconds of Family Guy.

    October 18, 2010 at 7:54 pm |
  9. AnOldGuy2

    so....what's that make Elmer Fudd??? A Druid??

    October 18, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
    • tct

      Elmer Fudd is Dick Cheney, no clue if he's a druid or not.

      October 19, 2010 at 9:04 am |
  10. Max

    Nah, The Simpsons are Jehovahs Witnesses. Why? Because I say so. Who are you going to believe? The Vatican or me?

    October 18, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  11. JPN

    Good. I hope all the catholic services will now include the singing of "In The Garden Of Eden" by I. Ron Butterfly. ("Hey Marge..remember when we used to make out to this hymn?")

    October 18, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  12. Linda

    Now you can tell they're really desperate. Such low standards!

    October 18, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  13. RUKIDDING ME

    Homer is the farthest thing from those Catholics...

    Rev. Lovejoy is not Fr. Lovejoy...

    October 18, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  14. stuckup1

    The best part of that episode mentioned was the difference between Protestant heaven and Catholic heaven, truly inspired satire.

    October 18, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  15. Surf_Dog

    Let's see now:

    He tends to lie to Marge;
    he tends to want the easy way out rather than working for it;
    he's a lousy Father;
    he's fat;
    and he's incredibility stupid and gullible.

    Ya'know, the Vatican almost has me convinced, except for one thing – he isn't a pedophile!

    Epic fail.

    October 18, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  16. Peter Wolfe

    It is obviously just a trap to bait and switchpeople into arguing catholicism vs protestantism or atheist versus both. Its obvious that CNN and other news outlets love creating drama for more viewership by the ridiculous notion of division of protestants against catholics or vice versa. The fact is that organized religion in the United States and in the whole world is under atack and you guys are falling for CNN's entrapment. Fools to fall for such an obvious ploy if you ask me.
    If half of these critics knew how to tie their shoes about catholicism, then they would know that catholics depend on a specific office for official faith and moral teachings. You would also note that there has only been twice throughout history that this office has been used for completely different purposes. If your a catholic just don't get lured for the obvious trap. Warning: this is definitely a trap cause how could someone say tt someone who is animated and a fictious character by human imagination be recieved by the eucharist? tinkabout the divinity of the eucharist for a second and you will see that this is a total ploy to bait us against each other. Christians who are real mature about their faith know this is not worth getting yourself involved in cause its a battle you will not win. Cnn and other organizations use the ignorance abundant in the United States to pin person against person cause of supposed differences which aren't there for their secular ideals of civilization and how best to do than spread half truths about christianity? the real answer is what is the motive behnd writing shoty articles about a presumption that the Vatican upports said articles and the severity of the intentions of the output t readers in relation to outcomes? Tje obvvious fact is that its totally biased against christians and specific taking advantage of the recent cases of the church of Christianithy on purpose to destroy the reputation to destroy the oldest organizedchristian belief system by modernist idealogy.

    October 18, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  17. Tosay

    What happened to Bart behind the sacristy?

    October 18, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  18. DJ

    They have nothing better to do than debate what religion a cartoon character is? Oy.

    October 18, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  19. Denizen Kate

    The Vatican newspaper writes "But a world without easy illusions is a more humane and perhaps more Christian world." Huh? Isn't god an easy illusion?

    Um . . . this Rev. Francesco Occhetta does realize that the Simpsons are imaginary characters, right? Oh . . . wait . . . so is god. Never mind.

    October 18, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  20. Ron

    It seems to me the Vatican is trying to get the focus off priest pedofiles.... I doubt very seriously Homer is Catholic or even remotely portrayed as Catholic.

    October 18, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
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