Monday, October 18, 2010

Saint Homer?

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.
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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".Yes, he relentlessly humiliates his evangelical Christian neighbor Ned Flanders.

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. 
[Full Article]

D'oh! "... among the few TV programmes for children .." ?  It is, unlike other prime-time animated shows (e.g. South Park, Family Guy) something you can watch with kids in the room, but certainly not "for" children. Especially now that it showed Homer voting for Obama, dear God.  As an aside, this is the first time in the YouTube era that I was unable to find even a clip from a Simpson's episode.


Peter said...

My number two son and his family are converts to Catholic from Church of Christ. His wife is now blind from Retinitus Pigmantosa (if I have that spelled right) and they needed a certain amount of help, especially since they have four boys.

It was the Catholics that helped them the most so they eventually converted following the "love thy neighbor" deal. Now my daughter in law is more Catholic than the Pope. While not Catholic myself, I've never had trouble with Catholics who are serious about their releigion. Of course, that pretty much goes for all Christians and Jews. Dunno why I'm bothering to write this, just sayin'.

Rodger the Real King of France said...

Thanks Peter

Anonymous said...

Just got my "Knights of Columbus" ID Badge this past Sunday Morning ! I was the Lector at the 8:00 am Mass at St Mary's , Newport : ) SMIBSID

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