How did we miss this on Oct 18. According to CNN:
"Few know it, and he does all he can to hide it. But it is true," Luca Possati writes in Sunday’s Osservatore Romano.
OK, Homer snores through the Rev. Lovejoy’s sermons.
Yes, he relentlessly humiliates his evangelical Christian neighbor Ned Flanders.
But the show is one of the few in American life that takes religion seriously, a Jesuit is arguing – from grace before meals to an (admittedly off-kilter) belief in the afterlife.
The article riffs on the 2005 episode "The Father, the Son and the Holy Guest Star," in which Homer and Bart flirt with the idea of converting to Catholicism (and Homer makes an outrageous confession).
Homer decides against it with "a cathartic D’oh!," Possati writes. But the Rev. Francesco Occhetta praises the episode – and the series –anyway, Possati writes.
Occhetta wrote about The Simpsons in the most recent edition of Italian Jesuit magazine Civilita Cattolica, Possati says.
Remember when Homer Simpson’s neighbor, Ned Flanders, had his Shroud of Turin beach towel stolen? I wonder if that episode, five years ago, had anything to do with this story.
Yes, CNN is reporting this: D’oh! Vatican declares Bart and Homer Simpson Catholic – CNN Belief Blog – CNN.com Blogs