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article imageVatican newspaper claims Homer and Bart Simpson are Catholic

By Igor I. Solar     Oct 21, 2010 in Entertainment
L'Osservatore Romano, based on an analysis by a Jesuit priest, affirmed that Homer Simpson and his son Bart are members of the congregation led by the Pope. D'oh!
The Vatican official newspaper in its latest weekend edition quotes the analysis of the popular cartoon TV show done by Rev. Francesco Occhetta, an Italian Jesuit priest, and concludes that Homer, the bumbling, boorish father in the fictional Springfield family The Simpsons is in fact a catholic. Apparently father Occhetta bases his assertion in part of the plot of a 2005 episode when, following contact with a compassionate priest, both characters expressed their inclination to convert to the catholic faith. "Few people know it and he does everything to hide it but it is true: Homer J. Simpson is Catholic," states the publication in the article entitled "Homer and Bart are Catholic." No indication has been given, however, as far as the religious affiliation of other members of the family, including Marge Simpson (née Bouvier) and the rest of the children.
The Vatican newspaper suggests that the actions of the two members of the Simpson family reflect and are "linked to the sense and quality of life." To many this comes as a surprise, since Homer is known to be thoughtless, crude, incompetent, a borderline alcoholic and, at least in one occasion, he sold his soul to the devil for a doughnut.
Al Jean  the executive producer of The Simpsons doesn t agree with the assertion that Homer and Bart...
Al Jean, the executive producer of The Simpsons doesn't agree with the assertion that Homer and Bart are catholic.
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Further, his son Bart Simpson is characterized as rebellious, disrespectful of authority and a poor role model for children. L'Osservatore Romano, however, forgivingly notes in them some redeeming behavior: "The family recites prayers together before meals and, in its own way, believes in heaven." Al Jean, the show’s executive producer has been taken aback by the statement assigning Homer and Bart to Catholicism. He argues that father Occhetta is wrong in his analysis since in the 2005 episode, Homer and Bart only considered converting, but they did not proceed with their initial intention. Jean further clarifies that the Simpson family attends the First Church of Springfield "which is decidedly Presbylutheran."
"We've pretty clearly shown that Homer is not Catholic," Jean told Entertainment Weekly: "I really don't think he could go without eating meat on Fridays for even an hour."
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