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The Vatican loves The Simpsons

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 24th 2009 9:00AM
Who would have thought that the Pope and I could have been switched at birth, assuming I was born in some kind of time riff? It could happen.

The Vatican's newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, offered its congratulations to The Simpsons for reaching its 20th anniversary in an article titled "Aristotle's Virtues and Homer's Doughnut."

Why would the Vatican heap such praise on a show that has long made religion the butt of so many jokes? (My favorite is from The Simpsons Movie when Grandpa flips out during church and Marge asks Homer to do something and all Homer can do is flip through a Bible and scream, "I would but this book doesn't have any answers!" ) The newspaper says that Homer's attitude toward religion are "a mirror of the indifference and the need that modern man feels toward faith."

So I guess this means that the Protestant Church is going to give Family Guy their annual Martin Luther Award.

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a guy

Face it. The Simpson's has it's flaws, but every episode also has a moral theme---UNLIKE "Family Guy". Homer and Bart always make up for what they did wrong because Lisa and Marge tell them what they did wrong. Once they realize that their own family is mad at them, they atone for it. Now you know why the SImpson's are being recognized by the Pope.

December 27 2009 at 12:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i'e always found that there is a moral at the end of each episode.. it makes you know that bad attitudes and behavior, don't always win. i love the simpsons, for that very reason.

December 27 2009 at 11:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Robert Stevenson

My all time favorite Bart line was when the Simpson family invited the Springfield mayor for dinner. Main dish was a three-eyed fish from the lake by the nuclear plant. With everyone seated around the dining room table, and local TV news cameras rolling, Homer asked Bart to say a prayer. Bart bowed his head, clasped his hands, closed his eyes, and said "Dear Lord, we paid for this food with our own money, so thanks for nothing." (Doh!)

December 27 2009 at 11:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike B .

The Simpsons are great! How else could they have lasted so many years ? As for the Vatican, any comment on God, and there are many, is good ! Thinking on that, I'd say it's the correct approach !

December 27 2009 at 10:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cyndi G.

Love family guy. Use to hate it till I started watching it. Stewie is a cutie pie and sooo bad! And Brian is the top dog!

December 27 2009 at 10:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Even Men of Faith can have a sense of humor. The Simpsons have always had an underlying subtle family message but you have to delve a bit to uncover it.

The Church has apparently picked up the signals, as so many of us have, not quite the same with Family Guy, which I totally love, but find no such redeeming values in.

They are entertainment shows that don't blatantly push religion down our throats but we know the Griffins beleive anyway.

December 27 2009 at 10:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

LOVE family guy. Its is so funny, and I love Stewie, and Brian the dog. Never miss the show.

December 27 2009 at 7:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Perhaps you've never heard of the book "The Gospel According to the Simpsons". We used it for a Sunday School class (in a Lutheran church, no less). The Simpsons actually has displayed quite a few good Christian and family values over the years.

December 24 2009 at 9:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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