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Is The Pope Catholic? Is Homer Simpson?

October 18, 2010 - 8:41 AM | by: Greg Burke

The headline in the semi-official Vatican newspaper, the Osservatore Romano, is more than a little provocative – at least by Vatican standards: “Homer And Bart Are Catholic.”

So is the Pope Catholic? D’oh! But Homer Simpson?

Matt Groening’s wildly popular televison family, The Simpsons, and has now received its second Vatican blessing. The first came last December.

This time around, the newspaper takes up an article from a scholarly Jesuit magazine, La Civilta Cattolica, which praises The Simpsons for dealing with “anthropological themes linked to the quality and the meaning of life.”

Father Francesco Occhetta, writing in La Civilta Cattolica, said the series is not without its dangers, but that if the show is taken with a grain of salt, parents should not be afraid to let their children watch it.

“The Simpsons remains one of the few TV programs for kids in which Christian faith, religion, and the question about God are recurring themes,” Occhetta wrote.

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