In an unexpected revelation, the Vatican newspaper has declared that Homer Simpson and his family are Catholics, according to an AP report.
"Few people know it and he does everything to hide it but it is true: Homer J. Simpson is Catholic," the report quotes L’Osservatore Romano as saying in its weekend edition under the headline: "Homer and Bart are Catholic."
The newspaper has addressed the animated Fox show before. Last December, according to the story, the paper noted the 20th anniversary of the show and praised its philosophical orientation and its irreverent references to religion.
“The paper quoted an analysis by a Jesuit priest, the Rev. Francesco Occhetta, discussing Homer’s and his son Bart’s conversion in a 2005 episode after meeting with a sympathetic priest, Father Sean, voiced by actor Liam Neeson,” the AP story reports.