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Homer Simpson 'is a true Catholic' (So says the Vatican's Official Newspaper)
The Telegraph ^ | 10/18/2010 | Nick Squires in Rome

Posted on 10/18/2010 6:57:23 AM PDT by WebFocus

The long-running cartoon series explores issues such as family, community, education and religion in a way that few other popular television programmes can match, according to L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican's daily broadsheet.

The newspaper acknowledged that Homer snores through the sermons of the Reverend Lovejoy and inflicts "never-ending humiliation" on his evangelical neighbour, Ned Flanders.

But in an article headlined "Homer and Bart are Catholics", the newspaper said: "The Simpsons are among the few TV programmes for children in which Christian faith, religion, and questions about God are recurrent themes."

The family "recites prayers before meals and, in their own peculiar way, believes in the life thereafter".

It quoted an analysis by a Jesuit priest, Father Francesco Occhetta, of a 2005 episode of The Simpsons, The Father, the Son and the Holy Guest Star, which revolved around Catholicism and was aired a few weeks after the death of Pope John Paul II.

The episode starts with Bart being expelled from Springfield Elementary School and being enrolled in a Catholic school where he meets a sympathetic priest, voiced by the actor Liam Neeson, who draws him into Catholicism with his kindness.

Homer then decides to convert to Catholicism, to the horror of his wife Marge, the Rev Lovejoy and Ned Flanders. The episode touches on issues such as religious conflict, interfaith dialogue, homosexuality and stem cell research.

"Few people know it, and he does everything he can to hide it, but it is true: Homer J Simpson is a Catholic," insists L'Osservatore Romano.

It is not the first time that the Vatican newspaper has praised The Simpsons. Last December, as the television series celebrated its 20th anniversary, the paper said that "the relationship between man and God" is one of its most important themes

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: catholic; homersimpson; vatican
I wonder if Pope Benedict finds time to watch the Simpsons.


L'Osservatore Romano said 'The Simpsons are among the few TV programmes for children in which Christian faith, religion, and questions about God are recurrent themes. It often mirrored the "religious and spiritual confusion of our times".
1 posted on 10/18/2010 6:57:31 AM PDT by WebFocus
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To: WebFocus

Forgot to add the header of this article. It says :

“He is an idle, pea-brained glutton with a permanent craving for doughnuts and Duff beer, but Homer Simpson has been declared a true Catholic by the Vatican’s official newspaper.”


2 posted on 10/18/2010 6:58:29 AM PDT by WebFocus
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To: WebFocus

The newspaper acknowledged that Homer snores through the sermons of the Reverend Lovejoy and inflicts "never-ending humiliation" on his evangelical neighbour, Ned Flanders....

...."Few people know it, and he does everything he can to hide it, but it is true: Homer J Simpson is a Catholic," insists L'Osservatore Romano.

It is not the first time that the Vatican newspaper has praised The Simpsons. Last December, as the television series celebrated its 20th anniversary, the paper said that "the relationship between man and God" is one of its most important themes and that it often mirrored the "religious and spiritual confusion of our times".

3 posted on 10/18/2010 7:00:01 AM PDT by Alex Murphy ("Posting news feeds, making eyes bleed, he's hated on seven continents")
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To: WebFocus
Homer Simpson is 'a true Catholic'

Well, duh.

4 posted on 10/18/2010 7:00:41 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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To: WebFocus
That yellow guy in a crude cartoon for grown-ups is most certainly Catholic.

/Sarc

5 posted on 10/18/2010 7:02:09 AM PDT by Celtic Cross (I AM the Impeccable Hat.)
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To: WebFocus

If I were Catholic, I don’t think I’d consider this an endorsement.


6 posted on 10/18/2010 7:03:28 AM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (is a Jim DeMint Republican. You might say he's a funDeMintalist conservative.)
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus

Are there any scenes where Homer Simpson and family ever attend mass? I don’t think I’ve ever seen it.

I’ve seen several scenes where they attend Protestant worship services though...


7 posted on 10/18/2010 7:04:54 AM PDT by WebFocus
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To: WebFocus

he is? did I miss that episode? plus, the family is Protestant


8 posted on 10/18/2010 7:05:02 AM PDT by therightliveswithus
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To: WebFocus

The ironic thing about The Simpsons is that when it started almost 30 years ago, it was a parody of the nuclear family. As culture and the rest of TV have devolved towards barbarity, the Simpson family has remained unchanged until it is now the most traditional family on TV.

One day, if the show continues and society continues to destroy itself, I expect children to ask the adults they live with, “why do Marge and Homer have the same last name? Are they brother and sister?”


9 posted on 10/18/2010 7:05:37 AM PDT by Bryanw92 (Obama is like a rocket scientist....who's trying to do brain surgery with a hammer.)
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To: WebFocus
It quoted an analysis by a Jesuit priest.......DOH!
10 posted on 10/18/2010 7:07:43 AM PDT by badpacifist (Life is short and hard... Bad decisions make life is shorter and harder)
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To: WebFocus

“The Catholic Church is for saints and sinners alone. For respectable people, the Anglican Church will do.”

- Oscar Wilde

Welcome, Homer.


11 posted on 10/18/2010 7:09:09 AM PDT by sitetest ( If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: WebFocus
I've never considered the Simpsons to be "for children". I watched it a few times just to see what all the fuss was about. It certainly didn't seem suitable for kids to me. Older teens and adults, maybe (although I hated it), but not kids.

Did the writer in this Catholic newspaper ever watch the Simpsons? I know that the few times I have, mild profanity was tossed around like it was no big deal. For kids? I think not.

12 posted on 10/18/2010 7:09:47 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: therightliveswithus

Yes Rev. Lovejoy has a wife—the church is an unspecified
Protestant denomination.

One episode of All In The Family had next door neighbor Irene
Lorenzo (IIRC) bringing Edith to a Catholic church. Archie is not happy at this attempted conversion (they’re Protestant)
and says he doesn’t not want his wife “turned from a Christian into a Catholic”. Archie does admit that their
preacher, the “Rev. Fletcher”—”Felcher,” Edith corrects him—”whuddever!”—actually turns more Protestants into
Catholics...

And Edith says after her visit to the Catholic Church that she admires the confessionals. “Oh my! They’re like little
telephone booths to God.”


13 posted on 10/18/2010 7:09:50 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: WebFocus

The only way to explain this widespread insanity is that someone, somewhere, is putting something the water.


14 posted on 10/18/2010 7:12:12 AM PDT by Hacklehead (Note to Leftists- We Will Bury You (politically)
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To: WebFocus

It makes you wonder. If Homer is considered a “True Catholic”, then what’s that say about the state of the Catholic Church? This doesn’t reflect so much on The Simpsons and their views as much as it does on what has happened to The Christians and their views.


15 posted on 10/18/2010 7:13:49 AM PDT by paladin1_dcs
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To: raccoonradio

Another AITF episode I remember revolves around Edith denting a car owned by Father Majeski (Barnard Hughes) with her shopping car; and later in the series, when Edith’s friend
Beverly LaSalle—a transvestite—is killed, she is so dis-spirited that she stops attending church. “Why! What’s it good for!,” she tells Archie, who replies, “Edith I really think someone in the family should attend Church for us.”


16 posted on 10/18/2010 7:14:49 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: WebFocus

“The newspaper acknowledged that Homer snores through the sermons of the Reverend Lovejoy and inflicts “never-ending humiliation” on his evangelical neighbour, Ned Flanders.”

Many of the episodes including the Movie are actually quite fair to the Flanders character despite presenting him somewhat as a milquetoast. The haven’t corrupted him or showed him as an adulterer or a fornicator. He actually cares about his kids and does things with them as opposed to the lout that is Homer! Flanders is sober and serious minded. I haven’t followed the story as to what happened with Flanders’ wife in the series. Flanders always seems to be the fair minded sunny optimistic neighbor we all wish we had...if one thinks of him as a little preachy...then well as freepers we are all guilty of that...the whole lot of us!


17 posted on 10/18/2010 7:14:58 AM PDT by mdmathis6 (True enlightenment occurs when one discovers just how much like God, one is NOT!)
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To: raccoonradio

shopping CART that should say


18 posted on 10/18/2010 7:15:12 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: mdmathis6

Flanders’ wife was killed by a tire that flew off a vehicle at an auto race, IIRC.


19 posted on 10/18/2010 7:16:03 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: WebFocus

Do you think they’ve really actually watched the show?


20 posted on 10/18/2010 7:16:52 AM PDT by DManA
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To: raccoonradio

Not exactly. They were shooting tea shirts into the crowd with a tea shirt cannon and she got knocked over the edge of the stadium.


21 posted on 10/18/2010 7:18:05 AM PDT by DManA
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To: raccoonradio

So a ding on NASCAR FANS, well that’s the Simpsons for you!


22 posted on 10/18/2010 7:18:12 AM PDT by mdmathis6 (True enlightenment occurs when one discovers just how much like God, one is NOT!)
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To: DManA

Tea = tee. (tee hee)


23 posted on 10/18/2010 7:19:17 AM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA

RE: Do you think they’ve really actually watched the show?


I would think so... I mean, I’ve traveled all over Europe more than once and inevitably, when you turn on the TV in your hotel, you would see THE SIMPSONS dubbed in Italian, German, French or Spanish.

It’s one of the most popular American “exports” in the world.


24 posted on 10/18/2010 7:20:32 AM PDT by WebFocus
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To: mdmathis6

Well, sort of. Maggie Roswell (voice of Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and Luann Van Houten) left the show in 1999 due to a salary dispute with Fox. She returned in 2002 and has been back since to varying degrees.


25 posted on 10/18/2010 7:26:48 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater ("Get out of the boat and walk on the water with us!”--Sen. Joe Biden)
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To: WebFocus

You mean they found an Italian/Frog/Kraut with Homer’s voice? Impossible.


26 posted on 10/18/2010 7:31:47 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes (Some people are too stupid to be ashamed.)
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To: WebFocus

You mean they found an Italian/Frog/Kraut with Homer’s voice? Impossible.


27 posted on 10/18/2010 7:31:53 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes (Some people are too stupid to be ashamed.)
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To: DManA

oh OK, I stand corrected


28 posted on 10/18/2010 7:42:09 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: WebFocus

L’Osservatore Romano got a new editor/director a couple years ago... it’s been a train wreck ever since. It was cool when it wasn’t trying to be, now... not so much.


29 posted on 10/18/2010 7:52:30 AM PDT by Legatus (Keep calm and carry on)
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To: raccoonradio

I recall her being knocked off the top row of the grandstand and falling on her back on the ground below, so it was probably the fall that did her in.

It was a shocking moment.

I wonder if it had something to do with the status of the actor portraying her? When an actor leaves a series, perhaps due to the actor’s own death or disability, the writers often kill off his character.


30 posted on 10/18/2010 9:01:22 AM PDT by Erasmus (Personal goal: Have a bigger carbon footprint than Tony Robbins.)
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To: Future Snake Eater

Aha!


31 posted on 10/18/2010 9:03:02 AM PDT by Erasmus (Personal goal: Have a bigger carbon footprint than Tony Robbins.)
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To: Past Your Eyes

It’s hilarious to watch these dubbed shows; I remember in particular Hogan’s Heroes on German (!) TV.

And the voices usually sound nothing like the originals. Go figure.


32 posted on 10/18/2010 9:04:45 AM PDT by Erasmus (Personal goal: Have a bigger carbon footprint than Tony Robbins.)
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To: Legatus
The key question: Do they still have their gossip columnist, Fr. Guido Sarducci?

≤}B^)

33 posted on 10/18/2010 9:06:14 AM PDT by Erasmus (Personal goal: Have a bigger carbon footprint than Tony Robbins.)
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To: WebFocus

The fact that a Jesuit priest claims The Simpsons as Catholic is proof positive of its true hostility toward Catholicism. In fact, there are several episodes that are outrageously offensive to Catholics


34 posted on 10/18/2010 9:37:27 AM PDT by MayfairFly ("Your total ignorance of that which you profess to teach merits the death penalty.")
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To: MayfairFly

What’s with the Vatican? Don’t they have some control over the content of what’s being published in their official organs anymore?


35 posted on 10/18/2010 1:48:15 PM PDT by WebFocus
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To: WebFocus; 1000 silverlings; Dutchboy88; the_conscience; RnMomof7; metmom; count-your-change; ...
Rome is nuts. They're like the Russians. They pretend they invented everything.

Homer Simpson and his family are Protestant.

From Reuters...

"...But executive producer Al Jean told Entertainment Weekly on Monday he was in "shock and awe" at the latest assertion, adding that the Simpsons attend the "Presbylutheran" First Church of Springfield.

"We've pretty clearly shown that Homer is not Catholic," Jean said. "I really don't think he could go without eating meat on Fridays -- for even an hour."


36 posted on 10/18/2010 10:18:34 PM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg ("I don't think they want my respect; I think they want my submission." - Flemming Rose)
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To: Quix

Meant to ping you to 36, too.


37 posted on 10/18/2010 10:21:59 PM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg ("I don't think they want my respect; I think they want my submission." - Flemming Rose)
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To: WebFocus
"We inwented dat."


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

38 posted on 10/18/2010 10:22:06 PM PDT by The Comedian (Don't run. You'll just die tired.)
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To: Dr. Eckleburg; The Comedian

One would think that the RC’s must be shredded by their contradictions . . .

It’s like they invented shame yet have no shame.

Incredible.


39 posted on 10/18/2010 10:31:24 PM PDT by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: Quix
It’s like they invented shame yet have no shame.

lol. Yep.

Self-deception is a real drag.

40 posted on 10/18/2010 10:37:38 PM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg ("I don't think they want my respect; I think they want my submission." - Flemming Rose)
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To: The Comedian

LOLOL


41 posted on 10/18/2010 10:41:28 PM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg ("I don't think they want my respect; I think they want my submission." - Flemming Rose)
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To: WebFocus

I suppose for the newspaper it was a choice between obscurity and irrelevancy and the latter won out.


42 posted on 10/18/2010 11:09:34 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Dr. Eckleburg; WebFocus; 1000 silverlings; Dutchboy88; the_conscience; RnMomof7; metmom; ...
Homer Simpson and his family are Protestant.

Well, my self-esteem has improved with that revelation

Judging from the character of the Simpson family, its clear that their reliance of salvation is fully on Grace.

Simpsons attend the "Presbylutheran" First Church of Springfield.

When did PC-USA and ELCA copulate in the dark alley and spawn that abomination? Alcohol surely must have been involved.

In our next exposé do we reveal the church affiliation of Micky Mouse, Superman, and Bugs Bunny ?

43 posted on 10/19/2010 4:56:43 AM PDT by The Theophilus
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To: Hacklehead
The only way to explain this widespread insanity is that someone, somewhere, is putting something the water.

Or the sacramental wine transformed into something unintended...

44 posted on 10/19/2010 5:00:44 AM PDT by The Theophilus
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To: Dr. Eckleburg
Maybe, according to the Vatican paper, Homer is "Catholic" in a different sense.

The word Catholic is derived from the Greek adjective καθολικός (katholikos), meaning "universal".

It comes from the Greek phrase καθόλο (kath'holou) meaning "on the whole," "according to the whole" or "in general" and is a combination of the Greek words κατά meaning "about" and όλος meaning "whole." The word in English can mean either "including a wide variety of things; all-embracing" or "of the Roman Catholic faith."

Maybe the Vatican's paper (or the writer of the article) uses the term "Catholic" in its more all-embracing Christian sense.

After all, even Protestant churches confess to the Apostle's Creed, which states thusly among others:

"I believe in the Holy Spirit, The Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints..."
45 posted on 10/19/2010 6:47:43 AM PDT by WebFocus
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To: WebFocus

Does the Catholic church have nothing better to do with its time and money than this?

What about feeding the hungry? Clothing the poor? Providing medical care to the sick? Prosecuting pedophile priests?

What are they doing in all those impoverished countries?

Oh...

Welcome to FR.....


46 posted on 10/19/2010 7:24:28 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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