In one of the craziest news articles that I have ever read in the papers, the Vatican has just given their blessing to the Simpsons, in particular the very popular Homer, by declaring him to be catholic. I’m not kidding; this ridiculous information is also in the Indian Express and in online news sites too. What’s more, it says that parents should not be afraid to let their children watch “the adventures of the little guys in yellow.”
Reuters cited a study by a Jesuit priest of a 2005 episode of the show called “The Father, the Son and the Holy Guest Star”. That study concludes that “The Simpsons” is “among the few TV programs for kids in which Christian faith, religion and questions about God are recurrent themes.” The Simpsons pray before meals, and “in its own way, believes in the beyond,” the newspaper quoted the Jesuit study as saying. It’s the second time the animated U.S. TV series, which is broadcast in 90 countries, has been praised by the Vatican.
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.”
To the vatican, I’d only show them this picture (from the movie along with the dialogue) below: