Despite the fact that the Simpsons attend the “Presbylutheran” First Church of Springfield, the official Vatican newspaper has declared that beer-swilling, doughnut-loving Homer Simpson and son Bart are Catholics!! Even better, it says that parents should not be afraid to let their children watch “the adventures of the little guys in yellow.”
The newspaper cited a study by a Jesuit priest of a 2005 episode of the show called “The Father, the Son and the Holy Guest Star”. That study concludes that “The Simpsons” is “among the few TV programs for kids in which Christian faith, religion and questions about God are recurrent themes.”
The Simpsons pray before meals, and “in its own way, believes in the beyond,” the newspaper quoted the Jesuit study as saying.
It’s the second time the animated U.S. TV series, which is broadcast in 90 countries, has been praised by the Vatican. I am starting to think that the Pope is a fan!
“The Simpsons” TV producer is baffled and amused at the claim… “We’ve pretty clearly shown that Homer is not Catholic,” he told the entertainment website. “I really don’t think he could go without eating meat on Fridays for even an hour.”