he long-running cartoon series explores issues such as family, community,
education and religion in a way that few other popular television programmes
can match, according to L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican's daily
The newspaper acknowledged that Homer snores through the sermons of the
Reverend Lovejoy and inflicts "never-ending humiliation" on his evangelical
neighbour, Ned Flanders.
But in an article headlined "Homer and Bart are Catholics", the newspaper
said: "The Simpsons are among the few TV programmes for children in which
Christian faith, religion, and questions about God are recurrent themes."