Homer Simpson: A True Catholic?

This just in from the Vatican’s daily broadsheet: “Few people know it, and he does everything he can to hide it, but it is true: Homer J. Simpson is a Catholic.” “The Simpsons are among the few TV programmes for children in which Christian faith, religion, and questions about God are recurrent themes,” writes L’Osservatore Romano. The Simpson family even “recites prayers before meals and, in their own peculiar way, believes in the life thereafter.” [%comments]


Since when is the Simpsons "for children"? Don't get me wrong, I love the show, but there's a reason it's on during primetime. It's not a children's show.

That said, it *is* one of the few sitcoms on TV that commonly makes Christian faith an element or theme of the show.


So true Catholics are lazy alcoholics that have no self-control and are innately cowardly? I guess in depends on which season you're looking at, but aligning your religion with Homer Simpson isn't much of a compliment.


Soooo Presbylutheranism = Catholicism?


The evidence presented could be used by virtually any Christian denomination in the world to justify calling the Simpsons members of their organization.

Believe me, Baptists, Pentecostals, Presbyterians, and Episcopalians--no wait, Episcopalians do not talk about God EVER!--all talk about God, the after life, religion, etc.

Just think, all these years I have been raised to think I was Pentecostal...only to find out I'm Catholic! My Mom and Dad will not be pleased.

David Purdy

Have a look at the cross in the church Homer attends. If Jesus' body is on it, they're Catholic. If not, they're Protestant.

mike c.

Apparently, this is a recurring theme for the Vatican: http://www.vatican.va/news_services/or/or_quo/cultura/296q05a1.html


The minister at their church is married and I'm guessing therefore not a Catholic Priest or a really bad one.


Hmmmm.... Homer Catholic?

Did you miss the eposide where he stands on the corner in a Monk's robe and announces:

"..listen up everybody! I'm here to tell you God loves you all - and he'll be here next Wednesday to destroy everybody.."

Gotta be Pentecostal.

Marc S

*The Simpsons* doesn't pull many punches, but I remember they had to refer to *Jebus* on the show where Homer goes to the South Seas as a missionary.

Gosh Almighty, and Jeez, what's up with that?

Drill-Baby-Drill Drill Team

Imagine a new Saint for our time: St. Homer Simpson. Overweight clumsy loud ham-handed alcoholic idiot. Patron Saint of TV, NFL, Beer, All You Can Eat Buffets, and Head Injuries.

If he is a Catholic, I dare the Pope to cannonize him.

David Chowes, New York City


Which to a large extent was a parable of the Christian Bible. Especially Lionel's philosophy. Lucy was always selfish and Charlie Brown was representative of everyman -- confused.

Tom Pestak

The Simpsons and King of the Hill both portray families that include your average household faith as a part of everyday life. The only other show I can remember doing that was 7th Heaven.


AaronS: Did you read the article? There is a specific episode where Homer and Bart convert to catholicism, permanently. It's not just prayers before meals.

Arvin Bautista

There is specifically an episode where Bart gets tempted to join the Catholic church by a priest played by Liam Neeson, attracted to it via its crazy rules and violent stories.

Marge, Homer, and Reverend Lovejoy then set out to stop the brainwashing.


Religion is for the Homers of the world. Atheism is for the Lisas, who know better. Duh.

Santa's Little Helper

Aww...he thinks he's papal.



No, it's not that simple. It is definitely true more often than not, but it's not a iron-clad rule. The Catholic Church my family attends also has a "ressurection cross" (ie no body on it). However, I have no idea whether the reverse is true - a Protestant church with a cross with the body of Christ on it.

Drill-Baby-Drill Drill Team

The Simpson's satire is savage and nothing survives unscathed. However of all the world religions, their most sympathetic portrayal espoused by the writiing straff and creator lies in the conscience of the show, little Lisa Simpson. She demonstrates the kindness, tolerance, rationality, nonviolence, conscience and ethics that we all aspire to.

And though she lives in a small town in middle America, she is a Buddhist.


I don't have an opinion on whether or not Homer is Catholic, but one has to wonder if the Vatican doesn't have better things to do.


Umm, Homer Simpson isn't Catholic. He's some form of Christian. Catholics have Priests, Deacons, and Monsignors. The Church that the Simpsons attend has a Reverend, Rev. Lovejoy. While Catholics and Christians have many similarities, there are also many differences.