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Catholics claim Homer Simpson

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Months ago, I wrote that by writing about the 30-year-old Blues Brothers movie, L'Osservatore Romano was anything but trendy and topical, but now the Vatican paper has moved on to The Simpsons.

L'Osservatore Romano has claimed Homer and Bart as Catholics, despite their faults. "The Simpsons are among the few TV programmes for children in which Christian faith, religion, and questions about God are recurrent themes," the article read, according to the U.K. Telegraph.  

First, is The Simpson's a TV program for children? I'm not sure I was allowed to watch it until I was a little older--teenager maybe. The paper is right about the show taking on deep themes, though that's hardly news (see book pictured, The Gospel According to The Simpsons). The paper even wrote about it for the show's 20th anniversary last year.

So what's the point in bringing this up now? Is the paper succeeding in making the Catholic faith hip and relevant? "Hip" site Gauker calls it "a lame attempt at being cool." But to the paper's credit, everybody is talking about the article, and as they say, any publicity is good publicity.