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Homer Simpson a Catholic? Must be following Stephen Colbert's lead

Homer Simpson
The Catholic example? (Matt Groening).

He may snore through sermons and call God "lousy," but Homer Simpson seems to be the best character on television that the Vatican could find to dub Catholic.

The Telegraph reports that L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican's daily broadsheet, said the long-running cartoon series explores issues such as family, community, education and religion in a way that few other popular television programs can match.

Sure, Homer Simpson and his family usually attend the Western Branch of American Reform Presbylutheranism church with Reverend Timothy Lovejoy at its helm. But the Vatican paper cites an analysis by a Jesuit priest, Father Francesco Occhetta, who says a 2005 episode shows Homer and Bart converting to Catholicism.

"Few people know it, and he does everything he can to hide it, but it is true: Homer J Simpson is a Catholic," the Vatican paper says.

Homer is not the only funny man getting in on the Catholic game. Kimberly Winston reported in the Post on Friday that Stephen Colbert, host of the Colbert Report is also a Catholic, and an evangelizing one at that.

"He is preaching the gospel, but I think he is doing it in a very postmodern way," said Rev. Jim Martin, associate editor of the Jesuit magazine America.

By Melissa Bell  | October 18, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
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Wow, they need to hire another PR firm to distract from the more notorious aspects of their faith.

Posted by: sheik_mo | October 18, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

They need to focus on sexual abuse within their church, not spending time labeling cartoon characters as Catholic to make themselves seem more hip.

Posted by: emcglaughlin | October 19, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

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