Vatican Paper Declares The Simpsons Family as “True Catholics”

A recent Vatican publication has announced that television’s most famous animation family as “true Catholics.”

“Few people know it, and he does everything to hide it. But it’s true: Homer J. Simpson is Catholic,” stated in an article entitled Homer and Bart are Catholics in the October 17 issue of the L’Osservatore Romano newspaper.

The article has praised the show for tackling issues regarding faith, family, and Christianity. It also noted that the family prays before meals.

Meanwhile, executive producer Al Jean made the following comments to Entertainment Weekly Monday, October 18, “My first reaction is shock and awe, and I guess it makes up for me not going to church for 20 years. We’ve pretty clearly shown that Homer is not Catholic. I really don’t think he could go without eating meat on Fridays—for even an hour.”

He noted that the Simpsons family attends the Presbylutheran First Church of Springfield, a fictional Protestant Church which is a cross between between Presbyterianism and Lutheranism.

This is not the first time that the television series caught the attention of the Vatican paper. It received similar praise from the publication in an issue last December 2009.

The Simpsons, which is now on its 22nd season, is the longest-running American sitcom, the longest-running American animated program and the longest running American primetime entertainment series.