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Tuesday, October 26, 2010



"I would say that the Simpsons are open on the question of God..."

Oh brother. Chasing after the cart of culture relevancy. I's say "Friends" are also open there, even as the fornicate like alley cats. This nebulous Hallmark spirituality is the bane of the modern church.

Ed Peters

At risk of unleashing a torrent of "What about this episode?" and "What about that theme?", and admitting that I have not seen every Simpsons, nor especially many in the last few years, I will say this: it is consistently clever, mostly clean (well, often, anyway), features an intact family with more than 2.1 kids, a full-time loving mom and a non-absent dad, who manages to show up for work and sits through boring sermons (but shows up for them), and eventually does the right thing by his family, time and again. And it skewers the Libs nearly as often as Lisa skewers Conservatives (whom Lisa dearly longs to run with, btw). So, fine.


I haven't watched the Simpsons in the past couple of years, but I have to say that I have a fondness for them.

We even refer to 'Simpson Clouds' at times when the sky is just 'that' shade of blue and the clouds are big and fluffy...

Russell Clark

I am a life long fan. The Simpons show has more positive reference to Christianity than any show on TV. One of it's principal charachters, Ned Flanders, is a devout Christian and his charachter is treated quite well in the program. Perhaps the most moving show in Simpson history is when Ned's wife died and the program treated Christianity extraorginarily well in that episode. Homer and Bart have to struggle with some kind of moral issue during any given program and in the end they generally do what is right and the family comes out on top. Could their be better shows for Catholics? yes. But, to dismiss it so willy, nilly is to admit too never having watched it. It has been on TV for 20 years for a reason.

Carl E. Olson

yes. But, to dismiss it so willy, nilly is to admit too never having watched it.

Russell: I've never watched it, and readily admit as much. But I have nothing against it. I just wanted to make clear that the object of my jabs here and in my other post is not "The Simpsons" but a certain newspaper in Rome. Perhaps I should also be clear that I have no problem at all with finding Christian themes or generally wholesome, thoughtful, compelling, philosophical, etc. themes in various television shows. (After all, I watch and like several television shows.) But I do think that Catholics should be cautious about baptizing, confirming, and canonizing popular culture, especially if they do so (as a certain newspaper in Rome did) in order to garner attention and promote a wayward sense of relevance and hipness.

Ed Peters

CO wrote: " jabs here and in my other post is not 'The Simpsons' but a certain newspaper in Rome."

And you are absolutely right.


A public confession. I've never watched a single episode of the Simpsons.

Now, in this area of cultural relevancy I keenly feel my lack of formation.


Homer Simpson Catholics ..
I find the analogy to Homer potent.
The clash of progressive secularism and relativism are wrapped up in Homer S.
A distorted formation of true Catholic teaching warants the tag:
Homer Catholic

no one likes the tag, it forces one to make a decision
run with it

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