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. Benjamin

    It is sad that so many of the commentators can't recognize sarcasm when it hits them in the head.

    October 18, 2010 at 3:39 pm |
    • tct

      After the first few hundred concussions they tend to be a little less discerning.

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

    OK, as long as they don't try to make Lisa into a Catholic. I love her Buddhism.

    October 18, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
  3. jewski

    homer- is a jew- big fat belly money hoarding jew. the ultimate golden jew.

    October 18, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
  4. Jim

    And I declare that the pope is a jew, does that make it so? What a joke!

    October 18, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
    • jon

      CNN declares that some local columnist over there is "the vatican." does that make it so?

      October 18, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  5. S

    Yeah and Popeye is the Pope........what a load of BS

    October 18, 2010 at 3:30 pm |
  6. GonzoG

    -er- No, Father Occhetta, Homer is a cartoon.

    October 18, 2010 at 3:29 pm |
  7. I understand

    Officially we have FAUX news (the unfair and the unbalanced) and CNN (CNNzzzzz)

    October 18, 2010 at 3:28 pm |
  8. naughtydog

    Homer's a cartoon.

    October 18, 2010 at 3:27 pm |
    • tct


      October 18, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
  9. talon10

    I saw one episode where the preacher asked Homer if he had a plan for getting into heaven. "Yeah, pray like crazy on my deathbed." Gotta love him.

    October 18, 2010 at 3:24 pm |
  10. Bob

    They're not Catholic...

    Bart: I'm starving! Mom, can we go Catholic so we can get communion wafers and free booze?
    Marge: No, no one's going Catholic! Three children is enough, thank you.

    October 18, 2010 at 3:22 pm |
  11. sally

    homer/simpsons are catholic NOT Catholic. I am confident the writers have not written any scripts of a spurious preaching child molestor for homer. catholic? yes.

    October 18, 2010 at 3:17 pm |
  12. FauxNews

    Cool, he's on his way to Sainthood.

    October 18, 2010 at 3:15 pm |
  13. Jon

    I don't understand how this is a news article for CNN. I could've told you Homer Simpson was Catholic after watching the first Simpsons Christmas episode more than 20 years ago. What else was he, Jewish?

    October 18, 2010 at 3:15 pm |
  14. Combat Vet

    Clearly this is an April's Fool's joke. It's April 1 under the Julian calendar.

    October 18, 2010 at 3:11 pm |
    • jon

      CNN's false reporting tends to look like a joke most of the time. i love how they attribute everything that comes out of the local newspaper over there to be the words of the vatican. hilarious joke indeed.

      October 18, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  15. The Dude

    I find this believable, Homer is Dumb enough to follow a cult. Marge wouldn't though,

    October 18, 2010 at 3:11 pm |
  16. sjenner

    Seriously, is this what the Catholic faith has come down to? The Vatican needs to co-opt Homer Simpson in a sorry attempt to grasp at something to make it relevant? Besides, the show is obvious that at best, Homer is Protestant and probably Evangelical at that.

    October 18, 2010 at 3:10 pm |
    • jon

      no, they don't need to co-opt homer. the commentary is that of a local columnist for the vatican newspaper. it's like attributing something from the movie review of the washington post to the united states government. once again CNN has shown it's ignorance in all things even remotely related to religion. Or, for that matter, factual truth.

      October 18, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  17. Joe

    Regardless of Rev. Lovejoy's denomination, it has no bearing on Homer's. That being said, I haven't really seen as many signs of Homer's alleged Catholicism as compared to Kang and Kodos, who crossed themselves after revealing being present at creation, some 6000 years ago....

    October 18, 2010 at 3:08 pm |
  18. Selfish Gene

    Don't have a cow man

    October 18, 2010 at 3:07 pm |
  19. tct

    I thought they were D'OHist.

    October 18, 2010 at 3:00 pm |
    • Jeff

      good one! 🙂

      October 18, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
  20. Jonboy

    Someone needs to tell the Reverend Lovejoy's WIFE, Helen and their DAUGHTER Jessica. Remember the episode where Lovejoy fights with a catholic priest in the prison? Do they even watch the show? The Catholics will try to claim anybody. Hands off Homer you drunken pedophiles!

    October 18, 2010 at 3:00 pm |
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