Can you imagine? A spokesman for the Vatican has declared cartoon character Homer Simpson a Catholic.
But in an article headlinedHomer 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 familyrecites prayers before meals and, in their own peculiar way, believes in the life thereafter.
Very odd. They’re making reference to a particular episode in which Homer converts, and they’re also, I think, including the character in the same sort of way that President Kennedy included himself in his famous
Ich bin ein Berliner. But, really, while the things they mention as recurrent themes are, indeed, there, it’s not really done in a
role model kind of way, and the series is, in general, quite irreverent. Religion and religious leaders are mocked regularly, though it’s not as severe as in, say, South Park.
On top of that, Bart is disrespectful to his parents and teachers, and does poorly in school. And Homer spends his time gulping beer and doughnuts, and shirks his work.
You’d think the Vatican could come up with
TV programmes for children that are better examples for good Catholic kids. When they have to go to The Simpsons, and use Homer and Bart as role models, you know they’re reaching.