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Homer and Bart Simpson are Catholics, says Vatican daily

Show praised for making religion, God recurrent themes

18 October, 15:12
Homer and Bart Simpson are Catholics, says Vatican daily

(ANSA) - Rome, October 18 - For all their high jinks and misbehaving, Homer and Bart Simpson are members of the Catholic flock, Vatican daily L'Osservatore Romano said in an article praising the hit comedy cartoon.

''Not many people know it, and he does everything he can to hide it. But it's true, Homer J. Simpson is Catholic,'' read an article in Sunday's edition of the newspaper.

The piece, entitled 'Homer and Bart are Catholics', is inspired by a paper by Jesuit priest, Father Francesco Occhetta, published in the latest edition of Italian Catholic magazine La Civilta Cattolica.

''The Simpsons are one of the few TV programmes for children left in which Christian faith, religion and questions about God are recurring themes,'' said Occhetta.

''The family say a prayer before their meals and, in their way, believe in the afterlife''.

In his paper, Occhetta focuses on a 2005 episode in which Bart enrols at a Catholic school after being expelled from Springfield Elementary, which leads to Homer converting to Catholicism. L'Osservatore Romano praised The Simpsons for ditching the simple distinction between good and evil typically seen in Disney productions and poking fun at modern life in the Western world, in the process addressing issues regarding the quality of life and its meaning.

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