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|Vatican Praises Homer Simpson|
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October 20, 2010
The Simpsons has been blessed by the Vatican.
|Homer Simpson is a Catholic, according to the Vatican. (AFP/Jewel Samad)|
The official Vatican newspaper has declared that beer-swilling, doughnut-loving Homer Simpson and his son Bart are Catholics.
What's more, it says that parents should not be afraid to let their children watch "the adventures of the little guys in yellow".
"Few people know it, and he does everything to hide it, but it's true - Homer J Simpson is Catholic," the Osservatore Romano newspaper said in an article headlined "Homer and Bart are Catholics".
The newspaper cited a study by a Jesuit priest of a 2005 episode of the show called The Father, The Son And The Holy Guest Star.
That study concludes that The Simpsons is "among the few TV programs for kids in which Christian faith, religion and questions about God are recurrent themes."
The middle-class US family prays before meals and "in its own way, believes in the beyond," the newspaper quoted the Jesuit study as saying.
This is the second time the animated US TV series, which is broadcast in 90 countries, has been praised by the Vatican.
In December 2009, the Osservatore Romano described the show as "tender and irreverent, scandalous and ironic, boisterous and profound, philosophical and sometimes even theological, nutty synthesis of pop culture and of the lukewarm and nihilistic American middle-class."
The Simpsons is the longest-running prime time TV series in the United States and is now in its 22nd season.