Homer Simpson … a Catholic

Egads. Really? Doh! I sure hope this isn’t a head fake, but then again, why not?

Your Tuesday morning wake up call. Put down that donut and BELIEVE. From the Telegraph.

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.

I couldn’t find the episode but this ought to hold you.

4 replies
  1. Anne-EH
    Anne-EH says:

    Jim, from a brief read of the article you have blogged on, and after first hearing about it this morning on the radio, (WTIC AM) of course, I too, was taken by SURPRISE to hear about this tv presentation, about the Simpsons being Catholic and the news article from the British Telegraph saying that Homer and his family are. Being Catholic myself as well as you are also Jim, what SURPRISES me is that I did not say a prayer of thank-you in the process. Could be I was tryng to wake up and did not have my first cup of coffee at the time.

    Having a couple of weekends back, with the help of a friend from my weekly prayer group at St. James in Manchester to get into this special retreat, was able to attend the women's ACTS Retreat at the Immaculatia Retreat House in Williamantic, CT. It was a REAL BLESSING in my life. I have even met a wonder sister in Christ who spoke so very well of the work you do in pro-life Jim that you mention in "Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich" as well as saying that she enjoys I calling in the show. 🙂 =^..^=

  2. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    Maybe I should have said "D'oh, Amen!"

     

    Even Family Guy, in its weird way, has the Griffins attending church.

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