Homer Simpson: A True Catholic?

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If the Vatican says so, it must be true.

L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican’s official newspaper, recently published an article arguing Homer’s Catholicism. Entitled “Homer and Bart are Catholics,” the article praises the show for including Catholic themes like prayer before meals. (And he is one of our Top 10 TV Dads, after all.)

And yes, before you can counter-argue, the Vatican does acknowledge that Homer fights with super-Christian neighbor Ned Flanders. But one episode, “The Father, the Son and the Holy Guest” concerns Homer’s conversion to Catholicism, motivated by a priest voiced by Liam Neeson. So it’s official. (See the top 10 cartoon theme songs.)

The Vatican must believe God to be forgiving. After all, it’s not like he looks forward to church on Sundays.