D’oh! Vatican Declares Homer Simpson Catholic
By Victor Simpson|WNEM.com
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican newspaper has declared that Homer Simpson is part of the pope’s flock – a claim that leaves “The Simpson’s” TV producer baffled.
“Few people know it and he does everything to hide it but it is true: Homer J. Simpson is Catholic,” L’Osservatore Romano wrote in its weekend edition under the headline: “Homer and Bart are Catholic.”
Last December, the newspaper praised the show on its 20th anniversary for its philosophical leanings and irreverent take on religion.
The weekend story was the latest example of the Vatican paper’s efforts to be more relevant in the last few years, and follows stories not only lauding Harry Potter but even praising the Beatles and waxing philosophical about John Lennon’s boast that the British band was more popular than Jesus.
The paper quoted an analysis by a Jesuit priest, the Rev. Francesco Occhetta, discussing Homer’s and his son Bart’s conversion in a 2005 episode after meeting with a sympathetic priest, Father Sean, voiced by actor Liam Neeson.
L’Osservatore says the analysis shows that behind the TV program’s jokes are themes “linked to the sense and quality of life.”