D’oh! The Vatican has declared Bart and Homer Simpson Catholic!
They may misbehave with abandon, but Homer and Bart Simpson are members of the Catholic flock, the semi-official Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, said in its Sunday edition. Apparenty, The Vatican doesn’t mind that Homer regularly sleeps through Sunday morning worship service and serves up never-ending humiliation on neighbor Ned Flanders.
He’s a true believer — that’s all that matters.
In what some critics may classify as a lame attempt at being cool, L’Osservatore Romano believes it has confirmed the religious preferences of two of the most beloved, and sometimes controversial animated TV stars of the past quarter century, stating: “Few people know it, and he does everything he can to hide it, but it is true: Homer J Simpson is a Catholic.”
The article — titled Homer and Bart are Catholics and inspired by a paper by Jesuit priest Father Francesco Occhetta, published in the latest edition of Italian Catholic magazine La Civilta Cattolica, — uses examples to justify the assertion that the chubby, beer-guzzlin’ nuclear plant employee is actually a real deal Catholic deep down. For proof, the paper points out that the Simpson family, “recites prayers before meals and, in their own peculiar way, believes in the life thereafter.”
In the original Orchetta article , the priest writes that “The Simpsons are one of the few TV programs for children left in which Christian faith, religion and questions about God are recurring themes. The family say a prayer before their meals and, in their way, believe in the afterlife.”
Orchetta focused on a 2005 Simpsons episode in which Bart briefly Catholic school after being expelled from Springfield Elementary, which leads Homer to convert to Catholicism.