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]


LeonorCMS

Having the Simpsons be mentioned and appreciated by the Vatican brings a lot of honorable mention to this cartoon. Because of this, many people will now be more willing to watch this show, so the demand for The Simpsons will increase. Having a greater viewership will make other shows at this time more elastic, and the Simpsons less elastic since people will be less willing to give up watching this show, because it has been honored by the Catholic church.

Many will believe that watching this show will decrease their opportunity cost of doing other activities because not only is watching this show entertaining, but now people will pay more attention to the lessons it has.
Finally, having an increase in demand will mean that more companies will be wanting to have their commercials when the show is on TV. Because there is a greater demand for commercial spots, the commercial slots will very likely increase in price.

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Gemli

As far as I can tell, Homer Simpson is a proponent of the Seven Deadly Sins, which include, in no particular order, Sloth, Greed, Envy, Lust, Wrath, Pride, and especially Gluttony. I watch the Simpsons to vicariously revel in these forbidden pleasures, not to draw metaphysical connection to Catholic teachings. When I want to get spiritual sustenance from cartoons, I watch Family Guy.

King James

By their own teaching everyone is an RC even the ones who don't know it yet.

Jeremy

The Simpson family are clearly mainline Protestants. Although, as mentioned above, Lisa follows Buddism, but still goes to church with the family on Sundays.

And with the Reverend Lovejoy being married, they can't possibly be Catholic.

In answer to someone's question -- I haven't seen a Protestant church that shows Christ on their primary crosses.

havoc

What is this, some clumsy attempt by the Vatican to make Catholicism seem relevant in our steadily progressive society?

Sister Mary Grammatica

I have but one question: Have they watched the show?

Emmi

Groening must have converted after ending his last comic strip, Life in Hell, featuring unwed rabbit couple Binky and Sheba, and Binky's love child, Bongo, who was eventually sold in a pet store.

David L

Peter Griffin is Catholic too!

Peter: I think I'm pregnant.
Lois: Peter, you can't be pregnant.
Peter (crying): Well I don't have a lot of options! I'm Catholic!

Matthew

@7, @24: There are circumstances wherein a Catholic priest can be married. If he was married and ordained a priest as Episcopal, Anglican Use, Lutheran or Eastern Right and then converts to Roman Catholicism he can be fully a priest in the Catholic Church. He will never be elevated to Bishop but being married by itself does not prevent the Simpson's pastor from being Catholic.

Malice in Wonderland

I'm Catholic (not Roman), the priest at the church I attend is married. True, mainline Roman Catholic priests are almost never married (see exceptions listed by #29 above), but that does not mean that being a Catholic priest and being married are mutually exclusive. Also, last time I checked being Catholic did not exclude me from being a Christian as postulated by another commenter above.

Having said that, I don't think Homer is a Catholic. However, I do appreciate the show's interjection of religion (of all sorts) into the show. Having a laugh at the expense of the more nonsensical aspects of religion doesn't debase religion, rather it should help thinking Christians (Catholics included) separate out the important aspects of their religion from the mumbo jumbo.

Eric M. Jones

Homer Simpson is certainly based on more facts than Mormonism, Scientology, Christian Science, and Christianity, for that matter (and if I left out your made-up religion I apologize...) since Nazareth certainly didn't exist, it is doubtful Jesus existed, being most likely from some early Indian twisting of Sumerian mythological tales. It was all made up in a cannabis and opium induced dream.

And what's with these angels?

Lurker

Nope, L'Osservatore got it wrong. Close, but wrong.

Homer is a GOD!!!!!!!

ChristianSaboCMS

Hope the production of the Simpsons wasn't planning on having a finally on their show because their going to have an increase in viewers after what the Vatican said. More people will demand the Simpson's show since parents and others that thought it was a bad show for their children or themselves will allow them to see it (more able) since its has a good background to it. This comment by the Vatican causes other show to become more elastic(less willing to see) and the Simpson's show more inelastic(less willing to change channel) because it was honored by the greatest Catholic Church.

Besides the production of the show having more viewers they will have to make their show have some religious comment on every episode because the viewers are expecting something from the show and if not pleased then amount of viewers will start to go back to its original amount because they didn't get what they expected from the episode.

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keylaCMS

The fact that the Vatican has decided that this show portrays Catholic views will help the show a lot in my opinion. First of all, the demand for the show will increase, especially among Catholic families. Now that they know the Vatican has honored this show, they will see it as a "good" show since the Vatican is such an important place to the religion. Also, this show will substitute other shows they used to watch before. For example, in a Catholic family, the mom instead of letting her son watch Pokemon, she will encourage him to watch The Simpsons since she believes that her son will be able to learn Catholic values and messages. This means that there will be more advertisements and word of mouth about the Simpsons too, which definitely benefits them. A greater demand for The Simpsons, does mean a decrease in demand for other shows. This means that The Simpsons show will become less elastic because people will be very passionate about it, while other shows will become very elastic. The Simpsons are in luck now, but if they disappoint this new audience in any way or the other, they will lose a lot of viewers.

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Ken Symes

Fascinating how much attention this is getting. The Catholic newspaper is doing better than three years ago when the Anglicans tried to claim Homer as one of their own.

I wrote a response article to this, "Homer Simpson is not a Catholic nor an Anglican, but he just might be an average American Christian."
http://www.samaritanxp.blogspot.com

I'd love feedback if anyone is interested (pics included) in the faith of Homer Simpson.

JoseACMS

Now that the Simpsons is acknowledged by the Vatican as a more Catholic-orientated show, Catholics are going to be more willing and able to watch the Simpsons. Not only that, but Catholic parents will also encourage their children to watch the program, overall increasing the demand for the Simpsons. This increase in demand will mean that other companies will want to advertise their business during the commercial slots of that show in order to appeal to a larger viewing audience. As a result, this will cause an upward pressure on the price therefore increasing the price of the commercial slots.

Due to its Catholic incorporation, viewers will enjoy more the show and will also be more loyal to the Simpsons. This will cause the show to be less elastic or sensitive to a price change. Essentially, even if the price of the channel where the Simpons play increases, the viewers would not be very willing to stop watching the show, mainly because it was given a good word by the Vatican and because unlike other shows out there, the Simpsons is a Catholic friendly show.

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MariaCMS

The fact that Homer Simpson portrays his Catholic beliefs in his show, The Simpsons, is normal and having the Vatican recognize that makes this show more popular. For many catholics who read this on the papers or the news, it will attract them and make them watch The Simpsons even thought it might be only for the fact of being able to find those religious messages or lessons that those cartoons portray.

So, what I'm trying to say is that the fact that the Vatican has declared that Homer Simpson is a catholic and he portrays that in his show, then the demand for The Simpsons might increase. At least for a given period of time, more people will be watching The Simpsons.

Kocsen CMS

Homer Simpson is a cultural phenomenon and many would agree that by definition the series he is a part of is a satirical parody of a working-class American lifestyle epitomized by its eponymous family, which consists of our beloved Homer. This show was perceived of somewhat vulgar to many people and occasionally discouraged by some christian groups. So the demand on this particular show was to a specific audience.

Now, with this religious acknowledgment in mind, Homer's show is sure to increase some demand out there. It could even become a good substitute to many other shows.

My belief, however, is that this might have a negative externality on the fresh new audience due to a characters rebellious nature, which frequently resulted in no punishment for his misbehavior. This led some parents and conservatives to characterize him as a poor role model for children.

Kate Joyner

Bart and Lisa attend Sunday School - clearly Protestant. I believe Catholics get their religious instruction during the regular school day. Just to clear this up!

Harvey

I love the Simpsons, because they reveal what an average American family is like, and they are, at the end, good people.
I do feel that they are Catholic, despite Reverend Lovejoy being married. Remember, you could have deacons, who can perform just about all church rituals, being married.

At the end of the day, as long as they follow Christ, who cares whether they are from one religion or another. I love them because, despite their flaws, they act like a good family.