Homer Simpson Isn’t a Catholic, He Eats Meat on Fridays

Published October 20, 2010

| FoxNews.com


D’oh!  The producer for television show “The Simpsons” had a holy cow after learning that the Vatican considered Homer Simpson a Catholic.

Executive producer Al Jean told Entertainment Weekly on Monday he was in “shock and awe” when he heard the assertion, saying, “I guess it makes up for me not going to church for 20 years.”

The headline in the semi-official Vatican newspaper, the Osservatore Romano, recently read: “Homer And Bart Are Catholic,” and backed it up by arguing the family prays before meals and that the show explores issues such as family, community, education and religion in a way that few other popular television programs do.

Father Francesco Occhetta, writing in La Civilta Cattolica, said the series is not without its dangers, but that if the show is taken with a grain of salt, parents should not be afraid to let their children watch it.

“The Simpsons remains one of the few TV programs for kids in which Christian faith, religion, and the question about God are recurring themes,” Occhetta wrote.

But Jean told Entertainment Weekly the Vatican’s analysis was a stretch.

“We’ve pretty clearly shown that Homer is not Catholic. I really don’t think he could go without eating meat on Fridays — for even an hour.”

He also said the Simpson family attends the First Church of Springfield “which is decidedly Presbylutheran,” and  pointed out that Homer and Bart only considered converting in the 2005 episode.

This isn’t the first time Matt Groening’s popular television family has received the Vatican’s blessing. Last December the newspaper also praised the show on its 20th anniversary for its philosophical leanings and irreverent take on religion.

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10 Responses

  1. hahahahaha. I laughed so hard when I read this. The Vatican paper has been saying for a year that Simpons were good Catholics. Hilarious. The producers says ” DOH. no he’s not” Hahahahaha. Hysterical. First of all, major dumb, the Vatican is looking to this cartoon to point to Christian faith. The Simpsons are rude and crude if I remember correctly.
    About meat on Fridays: Catholics bound to that rule only during lent. It used to be every Fri. and changed after Vatican 2.

  2. Wow! This is funny Sue!

    I saw the Simpson’s movie and there was a scene in church where grandpa’s rolling around talking in tongues and marge is trying to interpret. Eventually they roll him up in the carpet and take him out, but I do starkly remember the Presbylutheran Preacher being called Reverand. Maybe we should send that scene to the Vatican.

    Maybe Ned Flanders is Catholic though and they just got googly-doogly confused.

  3. I would think that Vatican publications would be dealing with issues a tad more important than a toon that is irreverent at best. No wonder many of my Catholic friends are disillusioned.

  4. this was hysterical!. I never watched that show, but my boys have for years. so I am familiar with it.

    ‘Presbylutheran’ LOL!!

    I heard they did a great show on exposing scientology!

    gee that’s makes them a great apologetics source!!!


    • I cannot believe that this much “scholarly” research and articles are being devoted to the faith of cartoon characters. Is this what we’ve come to?

  5. Liberal foolishness. You have it everywhere. The Newspaper does not speak for the Church.

  6. That paper praised Obama and his politics..it also praised the Notre Dame “dialogue” about abortion.

  7. ‘dialogue’ in that instance is a code word for let’s see if mans opinions and thoughts on abortion aren’t better and less divisive than GOD’s Word and His Thou Shalt NOT kill, commandment.

    Man’s opinion doesn’t count.

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